Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board avoids fine, prepares to hear $2.4M in requests
January 12, 2011
Fund Board requests
■ Steamboat Springs (in order of priority)
Effective classrooms: $800,000
Staff development: $40,000
Curriculum director (to share with South Routt): $60,000
Third- through eighth-grade Spanish instruction: $100,000
Summer school (to share with South Routt): $20,000
■ Hayden (in order of priority)
Technology support staff member: $50,000
Software license: $7,000
Reading software: $3,000
Middle school paraprofessional: $22,000
SMART Board grant match: $25,000
Adobe software: $10,000
Auditorium lighting: $9,000
Auditorium curtains: $8,200
Auditorium carpet: $8,300
■ South Routt
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
Curriculum director (to share with Steamboat): $40,000
Summer school (to share with Steamboat) $5,000
■ Community groups
Partners in Routt County school-based mentoring program: $50,000
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps Yampa Valley Science School: $34,000
Yampatika environmental literacy programs: $29,692
The Internal Revenue Service has waived the penalties assessed to the Education Fund Board for not filing its annual tax returns on time, Board President Kristi Brown said Tuesday.
In a notice dated Jan. 3, the IRS rescinded the $168,700 in penalties assessed to the Fund Board because it didn't file a Form 990 on time in tax years 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Brown, who leads the volunteer group that allocates the city of Steamboat Springs' half-cent sales tax for education, said she was relieved.
"I really appreciated the board members' patience as we worked through the process," she said. "Sometimes, it's difficult to be patient. Of course we wanted results immediately, but we just needed to get through the process. I just couldn't be happier with the outcome."
Now that it doesn't have to worry about paying penalties, the Fund Board can get to the business of considering requests for funding from the Steamboat Springs, Hayden and South Routt school districts and local community groups.
The districts and community groups will present initial funding requests for the 2011-12 school year tonight during a meeting at the George P. Sauer Human Services Center at 325 Seventh St. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., with the requests set for 6:15 p.m.
Steamboat Superintendent Shalee Cunningham presented the district's requests of $1.92 million Monday to her School Board. Steamboat was gifted nearly $1.9 million from the Fund Board last year after requesting more than $2.3 million.
The Hayden School Board in December approved its requests totaling $152,500. Hayden was granted more than $106,000 in 2010 after requesting nearly $139,000.
South Routt Superintendent Scott Mader said his district still was working Tuesday afternoon to prioritize its requests of $220,843. South Routt received nearly $116,000 last year after requesting more than $135,000.
Community nonprofit organizations Partners in Routt County, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and Yampatika have requested a combined $113,692 for their school-based programs.
At the December meeting, 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. They requested more than $2.4 million. The Fund Board's 2010-11 budget was $2.31 million, which included $110,000 to pay the grant writer and administrative costs.
After making the initial funding requests, the districts and community groups will make formal requests to the Technology/Capital and Educational Excellence commissions. The commissions will present first readings of requests to the Fund Board in February. The Fund Board will consider second readings in March.
Also at today's meeting, the Fund Board will discuss how to pay the approximately $3,350 in attorney's fees to appeal the IRS penalties. Brown said the board might discuss whether to request that former Fund Board accountant Paul Strong, who was responsible for filing the annual tax returns, pay the fees.
The Fund Board also will consider whether to accept the 2009-10 audit from Bondi & Co., of Englewood whether to approve filing of the Form 990, which was prepared by new Fund Board accountant Linda Johnson.