Steamboat's Education Fund Board to consider new request for school counselor

Educational Excellence Commission to present 1st reading for elementary school position

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What: Education Fund Board meeting

When: 5:30 p.m. today

Where: Downstairs board room of the George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh Street

— The Education Fund Board will consider the first reading to fund a counselor for the Steamboat Springs School District.

The Fund Board last month approved second readings, granting all requests — totaling $2.2 million — from the Educational Excellence and Technology/Capital commissions.

The Fund Board disburses the city of Steamboat Springs’ half-cent sales tax for education.

Several members of the public who attended the April meeting asked that funding be shifted from other requests to pay to restore the counselor position. It was eliminated from Steamboat’s 2010-11 budget, leaving the district’s elementary schools with one counselor for more than 800 students.

At that meeting, Fund Board members were reluctant to shift funding from one request to pay for the counselor but discussed taking money from reserves.

Fund Board President Mark Andersen asked the Educational Excellence Commission to investigate how much it would cost to fund the position. The request is $50,000.

Andersen said the Fund Board would discuss tonight whether to hear a second reading or to not fund the counselor. A second reading would take place at the June 2 meeting.

Fund Board members also will consider an $80,000 request on first reading to pay for its grant writer. The grant writer requests grant funding for each Routt County school district. Fund Board members also set aside another $30,000 in the $2.31 million budget to pay administrative costs.

Fund Board member Roger Good, who is the chairman of the Technology/Capital Com­mission, will present the possibility of the North Routt Com­munity Charter School requesting funding next year.

Good said that depends on whether the charter school receives a nearly $4 million Building Excellent Schools Today grant to pay for a new facility and sorts out some legal issues. He said the short discussion was intended to inform Fund Board members that the charter school could make a request in the future.

The charter school will learn in late June or early July whether it receives the grant to help pay for a 12,600-square-foot school.

The Fund Board also will discuss who won’t return to the board or commissions next year in preparation for advertising vacant member positions.

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