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Four chances to weigh in on future Steamboat Springs School District facilities

A CC4E forum held at The Steamboat Grand in 2016.

— The Community Committee for Education is ready for the general public to weigh in on a handful of possible options for the future of Steamboat Springs School District facilities.

The committee, known as CC4E, has scheduled four community presentations, beginning with a meeting at noon Thursday at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

Future meetings are planned for 5:30 p.m. March 27 at Steamboat Springs High School, 45 Maple St.; 5:30 p.m. April 3 at Steamboat Springs Middle School, 39610 Amethyst Drive; and 8:30 a.m. April 4 at Centennial Hall.

The group has spent the past year gathering feedback about the school district and working toward proposing changes and solutions.

Task forces associated with the committee have studied school finance, policies, programs, demographics and facilities — the last of which is the most highly anticipated work of the committee.

A facilities task force in November first shared its proposed options for expanding district schools to accommodate the district's current student body, which has outgrown facilities. The task force then conducted focus groups with businesses, community organizations and small groups and is now ready for the general public's views on the options.

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Each of the six "pathways," or options, involves expanding, but not relocating, Steamboat Springs High School, and four of the pathways involve adding a new elementary school, either by building at the district's Whistler Road site or purchasing Heritage Christian School.

Some of the more creative options include reconfiguring elementary and middle school grade levels.

CC4E decided last week it would turn its recommendations over to the school board May 8.

"We encourage all members of the community to attend an upcoming presentation and complete a survey so we can gauge community support for particular options," said Bette Vandahl, CC4E chair.

In addition to the four community meetings, the committee also has also scheduled five smaller focus group meetings between now and the district's spring break.

The committee is also open to presenting to other interested groups.

Interested groups can contact CC4E at info@cc4e.org to schedule a meeting.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow