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Steamboat School Board to analyze 2014-15 budget at Monday meeting

Ben Ingersoll

— On Monday, the five Steamboat Springs School Board members will collectively review the district's proposed 2014-15 budget for the first time at a regular board meeting.

After months of discussion and weighing reductions and enhancements to next year's budget, the board will review $24,561,860 in total proposed appropriations. The 2014-15 total appropriations are 3.23 percent more than the current school year.

District Superintendent Brad Meeks said although the board simply will review and discuss the proposed 2014-15 budget outline Monday, there are still a lot of dollars up in the air with the Colorado Legislature wrapping up this week and the Education Fund Board approving grants May 14.

He expects the board to finalize and adopt the new budget at the June 2 meeting.

"There are still a few pieces still in process," Meeks said. "Overall, the new money from the state and the additional money from the state with our continued enrollment growth, we feel it's looking pretty solid."

Per-pupil revenue is slated to increase from $6,625 this school year to $7,001 next year. It's the biggest increase in per-pupil dollars since the difference from 2011-12 to 2012-13, and the most the district is scheduled to receive since the 2010-11 school year.

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Meeks said Sunday that based on assumptions regarding the state legislative session and other moving parts, the district is estimating a $108,910 deficit in 2014-15.

The district was able to narrow its deficit this school year to $44,220. It projected this time last year that it would deficit spend by more than $230,000.

Meeks points to numerous mandates handed down from the state as examples of increasing budget demands. Elementary instruction is scheduled to add a full-time assistant principal in the new budget, a $104,680 financial increase, and Meeks cites the need for extra help in things such as educator effectiveness evaluations, answers to the READ Act as well as technology demands because of state testing mandates.

"A lot of these are reflections in changes in requirements, mandates and demands," Meeks said. "The efficiencies (proposed cuts), a lot of these things were discussed with the District Accountability Committee, things they thought were appropriate and make sense."

At Monday's meeting, the board also will vote on the annual operating agreement between the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services and the district.

Also, Steamboat Springs Middle School Principal Jerry Buelter will talk about the schedule changes that reflect adjustments to the gifted and talented program and how the school will provide those services as it moves away from the X-Core program.

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