Fund Board gifts
Steamboat Springs School District
Technology support staff — $369,530
Software and licenses — $116,070
Network and Hardware — $172,700
Library consortium and program — $23,500
Maintenance — $27,500
Student Information Systems — $25,000
Data analysis — $20,000
Online database — $18,000
Educational Excellence Commission
Small class size — $624,000
Staff professional development — $40,000
English Language Learner teachers — $159,700
Spanish teachers — $100,000
Counselors — $67,500
Gifted and talented teachers — $131,500
Hayden School District
Technology support staff member — $49,839
Smart board grant match — $7,404
Standardized Software license — $7,100
Computers — $15,540
Web-based reading program — $7,200
Middle school para-educator intervention specialist — $19,220
South Routt School District
Financial software — $56,800
Computers — $30,000
Reading program training for teachers — $20,130
Curriculum mapping training for teachers — $9,000
Yampatika — Outdoor education pilot program, $4,950
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps — Yampa Valley Science School, $28,000
Partners in Routt County — School-based mentoring program, $50,000
Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board approved all requests for funding Wednesday night from its Educational Excellence and Technology Capital commissions.
By approving the requests, the Fund Board will gift more than $2.2 million during the 2010-11 school year to the Steamboat Springs, Hayden and South Routt school districts and three community groups that provide school services.
An additional $110,000 is set aside in the Fund Board’s budget to pay for a grant writer and administrative costs.
The Fund Board disburses the city of Steamboat Springs’ half-cent sales tax for education.
Each of the county’s three school districts received less than what they had asked for in January.
The Steamboat Springs School District was gifted nearly $1.9 million in programs and salaries after requesting more than $2.3 million in January. South Routt received nearly $116,000 after requesting more than $135,000. Hayden was gifted more than $106,000 after requesting nearly $139,000.
Although all 27 requests for funding were approved Wednesday, it wasn’t necessarily an easy process.
Fund Board members discussed Steamboat’s planned reduction of 1.5 full-time counselors for the 2010-11 school year, including one at the elementary level that leaves Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools with one counselor for more than 800 students.
Parent Susie Makens asked whether the Fund Board would consider taking another look at the $67,500 the Educational Excellence commission had proposed on second reading to help Steamboat pay for counselors.
There was some discussion about moving funding from another district program to pay to restore counselors to existing levels, but little support for the idea.
Fund Board members eventually funded the proposed amount. But they seemed to support the idea of paying for the counseling positions, depending on how much it cost. The funding likely would have to come from the Fund Board’s reserves.
Some Fund Board members were wary of using any more reserves next year because the state has indicated cuts to public school funding could continue.
Fund Board President Mark Andersen asked the Educational Excellence Commission to investigate how much it would cost to fund the 1.5 counselor positions in 2010-11 and get information about ongoing efforts Steamboat is pursuing to fund counselors with grants.
Steamboat Springs Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said she would present that information at the next Educational Excellence Commission meeting, scheduled for Wednesday.
There was also some discussion about whether the funding the Educational Excellence Commission proposed for Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ Yampa Valley Science School, Partners in Routt County’s school-based mentoring program and a Yampatika outdoor education program could be dedicated for Steamboat counselors.
There was almost no support for the idea.
After the meeting, Cunningham said she was happy with the outcome.
“I’m pleased we received $2.2 million for the three districts,” she said. “It’s truly a gift. We are appreciative. We can’t say that enough.”
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