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Steamboat’s Education Fund Board to weigh grant requests

— Routt County educators will learn Wednesday night which of their grant requests to the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board will survive the first round of the Fund Board's vetting process.

Administrators of the Steamboat, South Routt and Hayden school districts as well as leaders of education-related community groups such as Yampatika and Partners in Routt County submitted $3.7 million worth of grant applications to the Fund Board. Requests ranged from pieces of equipment that would increase broadband capabilities in Hayden and South Routt to funds that would support Steamboat's all-day kindergarten program.

The Fund Board's grant commission will weigh the full list of requests Wednesday night, and its leaders said Tuesday that some grant applications will not survive the vetting process because the Fund Board will award far less in grants than the total requested. The Fund Board has estimated it will award $2.5 million in grants next school year, a slight increase from this school year but still well below the $2.9 million it was able to award in the 2009-10 school year.

"I'm sure there are going to have to be some adjustments, and it's going to depend on each presenter and the case they can make" for their grant, commission co-chairman Stuart Handloff said Tuesday. "We're going to approach each grant and analyze which ones best serve our students in the Yampa Valley."

Many of the applicants who are seeking grants from the Fund Board are expected to attend Wednesday's public meeting and speak in support of their requests.

The full list of grant requests and detailed applications from the school districts can be viewed at Commission co-chairman Glenn Airoldi said the scope of the grants coupled with the limited funding inevitably presents the commission with an annual challenge.

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"We've seen some of the largest grant requests in my time (on the commission), and that will present us with some challenges, and we will work through them," Airoldi said. "At the end of the day, we have to vet the requests we have and make sure everything we put forward is a responsible use of the funding."

The grant requests that survive Wednesday night will be sent to the Fund Board's voting members for their consideration at a meeting next month.

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

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View the full list of Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board grant requests and detailed applications from the school districts at

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