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Steamboat Springs School Board: Thank you to Steamboat voters

The board would like to express its gratitude to Steamboat Springs voters for the commitment they made this week to fund critical and urgent school district projects.

With your generous support, the district will proceed with plans for roof replacements at five facilities; installation of a comprehensive heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system at Steamboat Springs Middle School; and the restoration of Gardner Field as a classroom, athletic facility, and central community gathering point.

Additionally, your approval of an ongoing capital construction mill levy will finally provide the permanent funding source that the district needs to promptly address its capital construction maintenance projects.

It is clear that, community-wide, we share a desire for our students, staff and schools to thrive. The projects that voters approved last week will go a long way toward addressing the district's short-term needs. However, the pressure is now on to develop long-term solutions that, beyond bridging critical gaps, will allow the district to serve the needs of Steamboat's students far into the future.

When we decided to go to the voters this fall, we shared with the community the board felt strongly the district should take more time to work with our educators and valued community groups to continue the research and engagement necessary to advance long-term, comprehensive infrastructure planning, as well as to address programming, enrollment, and facility issues.

The district recently announced the formation of a set of advisory committees. Applications to serve on these committees are open through Nov. 30. Please consider applying and becoming involved in any way that fits with your schedule. We need your input.

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Within the next several years, our schools will require additional investment from taxpayers to keep pace with Steamboat's population growth and to create learning environments that support the skills and experiences required for our students to compete in the global economy.

As your board of education, we will continue to focus on ensuring that Steamboat's students receive the best education for the tax dollars spent. A citizen's oversight committee will be monitoring the use of the district's new revenue streams, and the district will be working with the community toward the long-term solutions and strategies that our students and staff deserve.

Respectfully,

Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education

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