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Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board to examine accountability reports

— The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board on Wednesday night will hear how the $2.2 million it distributed to Routt County's three school districts last year was used.

Fund Board President Kristi Brown said the accountability reports will help the board gauge how effectively school districts used the money they received from Steamboat's half-cent sales tax for education.

"Our commission looked at each grant that was spent last year and asked the recipients to report back on a number of measurement criteria," she said. "By doing this, we get more accountability."

She said examples of those measurements include classroom test scores and responses from student and teacher surveys from Fund Board-funded programs such as Yampatika.

In September, Brown said the Fund Board received positive feedback from teachers about the effectiveness of new grant-funded technology tools that include Smart Boards and iPads.

Also on Wednesday night, the Fund Board will hold the first reading of a $150,000 literacy grant request that would put a full-time reading coach in all four of Routt County's public elementary schools.

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The Steamboat Springs, Hayden and South Routt school districts last month applied together for the Mile High United Way grant that officials in those districts said would help to improve the literacy rates of their kindergarten through third-grade students. The districts have asked the Fund Board to pledge the $150,000 in matching funds necessary to receive the grant.

The Fund Board's grant committee last month voiced unanimous support for the proposal and recommended that the voting board approve the request for the matching funds.

"We always like to provide matching funds for the districts," Brown said Tuesday. "For a $150,000 investment, our school districts can collaborate to get $300,000 worth of support for literacy."

Mile High United Way is expected to announce the grant recipients in February.

— To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email

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