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Steamboat Springs School Board to discuss budget at forum

— The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night will hold a forum in the George P. Sauer Human Services Center to discuss its school district's budget proposals for next school year with the public.

At the meeting, community members also will have a chance to weigh in on the potential cuts school district administrators have identified in their budgets that were first presented at a School Board meeting last month.

Some of the potential cuts up for discussion Monday include Steamboat Springs High School's SEAL program for at-risk students, counselor hours at the Yampa Valley High School and the end of district funding to all Tier 2 sports that include tennis, cheerleading, Alpine and Nordic skiing, lacrosse, hockey, golf, softball, baseball and wrestling.

The move would cut $81,000 in coaches' salaries and transportation costs from the Tier 2 sports budget.

"The booster clubs (who support the Tier 2 programs) are very concerned," Steamboat Athletic Director Luke DeWolfe said last month after he presented his budget to the School Board. "They don't know where that money would come from, especially when fundraising is tight. They are concerned that this (reduction) would lead to a lot of the Tier 2 sports losing participants and not continuing."

According to DeWolfe's proposed budget, defunding the Tier 2 sports programs would increase their participation fees in sports such as hockey and wrestling by $1,115 and $811 respectively per participant.

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Steamboat's principals and administrators worked with their staff and committees that included teachers and parents to draft three budget proposals for the 2012-13 school year. The versions include one under a potential 4 percent reduction, one under level funding and another under a budget surplus.

The School Board held the first of the two community budget workshops April 2 to discuss the budgets of the district's technology department, Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools, Steamboat Springs Middle School, the district's administrators and the School Board.

On Monday night, the district specifically will discuss the budgets of its athletic, transportation, maintenance and teaching and learning departments, as well as the budgets for Steamboat Springs High School and the Yampa Valley High School.

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

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