Steamboat Springs School Board OKs new assistant principal

Meghan Hanson-Peters to start fulfilling new role at high school this week

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— The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night voted unanimously to accept Meghan Hanson-Peters as Steamboat Springs High School’s next assistant principal.

“She was phenomenal to work with, and she has a lot to bring to the administrative team with her experience,” said board member Rebecca Williams, who during her tenure as a business teacher at the high school worked with Hanson-Peters.

Steamboat’s new assistant principal started as a social studies teacher in the district in 2003, and this school year will earn $64,101 as an administrator before benefits are added. That annual salary includes the $17,323 Hanson-Peters already has earned this school year as a teacher.

She will replace Marty Lamansky, who last week started as the district’s curriculum director, as the high school’s second in command.

Also at Monday’s meeting, Steamboat Springs School District Maintenance Operations and Transportation Director Pascal Ginesta briefed the board on a long-term facilities plan for the school district.

Included in the five-year plan are capital improvement projects Ginesta said were pressing needs for the district. Specifically, he said the district this summer should spend an estimated $142,600 to replace 62 aging and unsecure sliding glass doors at Steamboat Springs Middle School, and $125,000 to expand the parking lot outside of that campus.

He said the expansion project would add 45 parking spaces to the parking lot between the middle school and Strawberry Park Elementary School to eliminate traffic congestion that accompanies the simultaneous pickup of students at both campuses. Ginesta also listed a $30,000 project to renovate classrooms at the Yampa Valley High School as a top priority.

“In its current state, it’s not in the best shape to have one of our schools in,” he said about the campus that is run out of four classrooms in the George P. Sauer Human Services Center, which also hosts the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs. “It doesn’t have much of a high school atmosphere.”

Ginesta said he has budgeted to spend just less than $300,000 annually through 2016 to complete those projects and several other capital improvements.

In other action

■ The School Board was briefed by Superintendent Brad Meeks on the successful sale of two 21-acre parcels of school district-owned land in Clark to the Willow Creek Pass subdivision for $100,000. Board President Brian Kelly said the land, which was donated to the district in 1973 as a potential site for a new school, will be used as open space.

■ The School Board discussed an ongoing effort to finalize the district’s ownership of an historic schoolhouse on Routt County Road 43 near Cow Creek. Ginesta said the red schoolhouse was built in the 1920s and still houses decades-old books and furniture.

“The building is in unbelievable condition for its age,” Ginesta said.

Kelly said the district recently discovered they owned the one-acre parcel of land the schoolhouse resides on, and he currently is working to finalize their right to its title. He said the School Board will discuss what to do with the property at a later meeting if ownership is finalized.

— To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com

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