Steamboat School Board has a full agenda Monday |

Steamboat School Board has a full agenda Monday

New assistant principal for Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools named

— The Steamboat Springs School Board will meet Monday night with a heavy agenda.

Before it adjourns for the evening, the board could adopt a calendar for the 2013-14 school year, award a building contract for their school district's new health care clinic and hire a new assistant principal for Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools.

Incoming Strawberry Park Principal Tracy Stoddard said Sunday that an experienced educator from Fort Collins is the district's top choice to succeed her as assistant principal for the elementary schools.

"He was an amazing candidate, and just rose above everyone else," Stoddard said about Mark Strasberg. "He has tremendous experience."

She said that for the past two years, Strasberg has served as assistant principal of Putnam Elementary School in the Poudre Valley School District.

Stoddard served as assistant principal until she was selected to replace Celia Dunham. She added Strasberg's special education background and leadership with intervention programs make him a top choice for Steamboat.

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"He's very personable, and we're really, really happy he's going to join us," Stoddard added.

If his contract is approved by the School Board, Strasberg will start with the district Aug. 3 and make an annual salary of $71,372.

Before it considers Strasberg's contract, the School Board will decide whether to award Holmquist-Lorenz Construction Co. a $63,500 contract to build the school district's new health care clinic for district employees.

If the bid is approved, crews with the Steamboat-based construction company soon will start to renovate and convert about 300-square-feet of space in the George P. Sauer Human Services Center into the clinic that will include at least one exam room and a reception area.

The clinic was approved by the School Board on April 2 and will be set up and managed by Healthstat Inc., a North Carolina-based company. It will be open 20 hours per week and staffed by a local physician's assistant who can draw blood, administer strep tests and prescribe about 40 common prescription drugs to employees who are insured by the school district.

School district officials hope the clinic ultimately will reduce the district's health insurance premiums.

In other action, the School Board will consider adopting a calendar for the 2013-14 school year. The vote was tabled at the board's last meeting after the School Board wanted more time to weigh the options. The three proposed calendars are available for review at

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-971-4210 or email

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