Should there be a maximum class size in Steamboat's public schools?

Correct: Yes, some classes have too many students, which directly affects a student's ability to excel. 74 votes

41.81%

Correct: No, setting a maximum would hurt the School District's ability to provide a variety of programs for students. 78 votes

44.07%

Correct: No, but the School District's class-size policy needs improvement. 25 votes

14.12%

177 total votes

Comments

untamedShrewd 5 years, 1 month ago

This question is somewhat misleading. It is irresponsible for the Paper to say it "would hurt the School District's ability to provide a variety of programs for students, " when both the half-cent sales tax and the mill levy override provide money to the district in addition to the district's budget. This additional money is for more teachers, increased salaries, and programs.

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mavis 5 years, 1 month ago

Please clarify- if the "additional" money is used for increased salaries wouldn't teachers in Steamboat be making as much as the teachers on the Front Range or even Wyoming?

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Martha D Young 5 years, 1 month ago

What is the resistance to setting a limit to the number of students per class about? Isn't there solid research that shows that smaller class sizes improve students' performances? "A variety of programs for students" is irrelevant to good teaching and learning in the core subjects, fostered by fewer students per class.

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untamedShrewd 5 years, 1 month ago

The comparison is with similar districts in Colorado. But not without saying that it would be nice to pay more. However, without the mill levy override, salaries would be much less and far below similar Colorado school districts.

52% of SSSD revenues is local tax from, say, high property taxes. 61% (or more than $17,000,000) of district revenue pays for instructional & instructional support.

In November 2006, 62 percent of district voters passed Referendum 3C, a mill levy to raise $600,000 in 2007 and $25,000 more per year through 2015 to fund teacher salary increases and help attract and retain quality staff members. Property taxes (including mine...and I voted Yes) increased for 3C. Prior to 3C, SSSD salaries were in the bottom third in comparison to the nine similar Colorado school districts, which include Aspen, Eagle County and Cherry Creek. A proposed $210,000 of the $600,000 generated by the mill levy override would go to raising current salaries. An additional $240,000 would be used to keep salaries competitive. The remaining $150,000 would be used for housing allowances or relocation funds, benefits the district had not previously offered.

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