- Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
- George P. Sauer Human Services Center, 325 Seventh St., Steamboat Springs
■ Steamboat Springs School District
Technology staff: $396,787
Data analysis: $20,000
Online database: $18,000
Library software: $15,000
Student Information System: $25,000
Total: $1.1 million
■ Hayden School District
Technology support person: $49,839
Software license: $7,100
Reading software: $3,000
SMART Board grant match: $25,000
Desktop computers: $15,445
Adobe software: $13,999
Auditorium upgrades: $25,500
■ South Routt School District
SMART Board grant match: $86,250
Desktop computers: $30,000
Reading software: $5,498
Antivirus software: $3,000
Science chemical storage and fume hood: $16,500
Heated underground walkway between high and middle schools: $34,595
■ Soroco Ram Fans Booster Club
TVs and computers for high and elementary school common areas: $1,900
Total technology/capital requests: $1,417,626
Steamboat Springs The Education Fund Board will hear first readings tonight for technology and capital funding requests totaling a little more than $1.4 million.
Routt County’s three public school districts and several local community groups presented their initial requests last month to Fund Board members. The requests have changed slightly since then.
Since January, the districts and community groups have formally presented their requests to the Fund Board’s Educational Excellence and Technology/Capital commissions. Each commission determines which requests to bring back to the Fund Board for potential final approval after two readings. The Fund Board is the entity responsible for allocating the city of Steamboat Springs’ half-cent sales tax for education.
Tonight’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh Street.
“In the first reading, what we’re doing is hearing a little more detail about the requests beyond what we heard last month,” Fund Board President Kristi Brown said.
Brown said Fund Board members likely will ask a lot of questions about the requests. She said officials from the Steamboat Springs, Hayden and South Routt school districts should be on hand tonight.
The Educational Excellence Commission will present nearly $1.4 million in first readings at a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16. Both commissions will present second readings to the Fund Board in March.
Brown said at the meeting next week, the Fund Board could set initial allocation amounts for each commission after hearing an updated sales tax projection tonight.
In December, Fund Board members tentatively set a 2011-12 budget of $2.5 million. It included $80,000 for the Fund Board’s grant writer, who serves all three school districts; $30,000 to cover administrative costs; and another $50,000 for a new innovation grant for which teachers can apply for funding.
That leaves $2.34 million for the districts and community groups. The Fund Board’s 2010-11 budget was $2.31 million, which included $110,000 to cover the grant writer and administrative costs.
With about $2.8 million in total requests, more than $400,000 will go unfunded.
“Cuts will definitely need to be made,” Brown said, “but I think that’s a good thing to keep this a competitive process and to make sure the projects and programs we fund are the best use of education fund dollars.”
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