Steamboat Springs School Board meets Monday

Board will hear latest enrollment report, discuss report used to monitor students’ academic progress

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Other agenda items

• A discussion of a monitoring report that measures students’ 21st century knowledge and work skills that is presented to the board each year by district principals. Board member Brian Kelly said Sunday that the report could be used in the future to follow Steamboat students’ college admission and graduation rates.

• Approval of a motion to appoint new members to the District Accountability Committee, a subcommittee of the School Board that advises the board on the effectiveness of educational programs offered by the district. Proposed members include:

Brad Meeks — Superintendent

Dan Juba — Yampa Valley School

Kelly Erickson — teacher, Steamboat Springs High School

Kerry Murphy — teacher, Strawberry Park Elementary School

Katrina Wellman-Machut — teacher, North Routt Community Charter School

Chris Wittemeyer — parent, Soda Creek Elementary

Naomi Kline — teacher, Soda Creek Elementary

— The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday will hear an update on the district’s latest enrollment numbers that soon will be submitted to the state for funding purposes.

According to the latest student count, the district has sustained the growth that was projected at the start of the school year.

As of Oct. 1, the district has 2,284 students enrolled in its schools, compared to 2,246 at the same time last year. The district had 2,196 students in the 2009-10 school year.

Board member Denise Connelly said Sunday that this year’s growth was unexpected.

“This is something that was not predicted after we hired a consultation team to look at what the district’s enrollment was likely to look like this year,” Connelly said. “It’s an interesting development.”

Connelly said in previous years, additional funding for student growth has been put toward increasing teacher salaries and benefits. She said the board soon will begin discussing what parts of the budget increased revenue from enrollment growth will go to.

“We will definitely be looking into what the expected cuts are from state funding as we make that decision,” she said.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the board will hear an update on several construction projects that were completed across the school district during the summer.

Meanwhile, candidates running for School Board this year will meet at 12:20 p.m. Monday with the Kiwanis Club in the Colorado Mountain College’s Alpenglow Room in Willett Hall for a candidate forum.

District 5 candidates Sandra Sharp, an adjunct professor at CMC, and Rebecca Williams, a former Steamboat Springs High School teacher, are expected to attend. Unopposed candidates Wayne Lemley and Robin Crossan also have been invited.

Forum organizer Bud Romberg said the event is not designed to accommodate several members of the public, but the Kiwanis Club meeting is open to community members who want to attend if there is space in the meeting room.

“I think it’s important to host these candidates every year because with the state of the economy the way it is, one of the biggest challenges they have is how they’re going to operate in a reduced budget,” Romberg said.

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

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