South Routt School Board to seek mill levy override

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South Routt School Board meeting

  • Thursday, August 19, 2010, 5:30 p.m.
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— The South Routt School Board is looking for community support in the form of a mill levy override, but in order to get that, the board will first have to craft an ordinance to take to voters in November.

At tonight’s meeting, the board will discuss ways to frame the request for $349,314. That’s about $17 per $100,000 of actual residential property value from the taxpayers in the district.

Superintendent Scott Mader said this is not a renewal of any other mill levy override, but a way to shore up the district’s finances.

District Finance Manager Dina Murray said the last override was in 2007, and any overrides before that were 10 years earlier.

Murray said the money would go to the general fund, but the details about how it would be used — details that will be included in the ballot measure — will be part of tonight’s meeting.

She said the money mostly is needed “to make up for the reduction in state support where our funds were reduced by state funding.”

“So we’re in a situation where we went to our community to say, ‘Here are our choices, we have to reduce our programming by this amount or we have to find support,’” she said.

Tours

The school board will begin tonight’s meeting early, at 5:30, to tour the schools after major gym renovations.

Mader said the South Routt Elementary School gym floor damaged by a fire last school year began to buckle after repairs, and the insurance company gave the approval to replace the floor entirely. Mader said that was all covered by insurance.

The older gym at Soroco High School was cleaned during summer.

“That’s a huge job, a huge job,” Mader said.

An outside company offered to clean the old gym for $26,000, but the staff cleaned and repainted it for about $1,000 plus time during the summer, he said.

Agenda

The meeting agenda also includes discussion about proposed state constitutional Amend­­­­­­ments 60 and 61 and Prop­­­­osi­­­tion 101 and a planned visit from state Sens. Al White and Mich­­ael Johnston in the coming months.

Comments

Scott Wedel 3 years, 8 months ago

It is well and good to figure out financing, but I think the big issue facing the South Routt School District is how many students that live in the district go to SB schools. So many parents have no intention of their kids going to HS in Soroco because it is too small and their main strategic question is when to switch to SB schools. I wouldn't be surprised if 25% of Soroco's students are going to SB schools. A whole lot of those kids may still be claiming SB addresses, but they are living in Soroco.

The Soroco schools are not bad, but with much of the population at the north side of the district with so many parents working in SB, I've had it explained many times how bringing young kid to SB schools is more convenient than being bused south to Yampa.

If the tax increase fails then it won't be because the school district wastes money, but because too many won't want to pay more when their kids are going to SB anyway.

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Scott Ford 3 years, 8 months ago

Scott W - For the school year 2009/10 number of students attending public schools not in parent's district of residence for South Routt School District was 29. ADAMS 12 FIVE STAR SCHOOLS =2 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS RE-2 = 27

For the Hayden School District the number was 30. MOFFAT COUNTY RE 1 = 4 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS RE-2 = 25 SOUTH ROUTT RE 3 = 1

For the Steamboat Springs School District RE-2 the number was 29. ADAMS 12 FIVE STAR SCHOOLS = 11 EAGLE COUNTY RE 50 = 3 GARFIELD RE-2 = 2 MESA COUNTY VALLEY 51 = 1 HAYDEN RE-1 = 7 SOUTH ROUTT RE 3 = 1 JULESBURG RE-1 = 3 CHARTER SCHOOL INSTITUTE = 1

Source: Colorado Department of Education

I am sure the numbers coming into the Steamboat Springs School District RE-2 may actually be higher because of under reporting.

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