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Eric - I was not saying that I agree with this attitude, just that this is how the half-cent sales tax has been billed from the beginning - for small class sizes - and the community has repeatedly said that is what they want.
I just spent a frustratingly long and fruitless time trying to find the text of the original 1993 half-cent sales tax initiative, but it is my understanding (moved here in 2000) that the original wording specified that the tax would be used for smaller class sizes and that has been the case ever since. Data be damned, people want their children in smaller classes and the tax is billed that way.
Scott - the seeds of the Montessori are much older than the failed HS. The original Montessori group starting in 2003 and ended with a public Montessori program at Strawberry Park that started with one 1st-3rd grade class, then added a 4th/5th, then started turning away kids instead of adding another 1st-3rd and ultimately was shut down when non-Montessori trained teachers were hired (sort of like putting an English teacher running the Math class). This Montessori group emerged because of the strong desire of parents in this community to have this learning option for their children and I am thrilled to see how well it is doing as a charter. The North Routt charter didn't get much of the sales tax money its first year either and now has been accepted as part of the school district and a great option for our district students. I hope and expect that the Montessori will follow the same course and become not only an accepted part of SSSD, but a celebrated part along with our other great schools.
Full disclosure - I was heavily involved in the first Montessori group and all my children went through the public Montessori program before they aged out into middle school.
This is a lovely picture, but who are these kids and what did they win?
Scott - We agree with each other. I was just pointing out that there is a technical difference between NRCS and The Montessori Charter, but I firmly believe that difference is very sight, very technical, represents no harm to SSSD and should NOT disqualify the Montessori Charter from proceeds from the half cent sales tax. And I agree with you that the voters of Steamboat who passed the half cent sales tax meant it to go to ALL of the public school students in the area, even if the public school was not yet created the last time the tax passed. If SSSD builds another elementary school, we would all expect that it should and would receive proceeds from the half cent sales tax. The Montessori Charter is exactly the same - another public school option in Steamboat.
Scott - while I fully believe that the Montessori charter should be eligible for the half cent sales tax funding, there is one significant difference between the Montessori charter and the North Routt Charter...the Montessori Charter is authorized by the state agency, the Colorado Charter School Institute and 5% of the Montessori's funding goes to that state agency for oversight overhead. The North Routt Charter is authorized by the Steamboat Springs School District (SSSD) and it is SSSD that keeps 5% of the North Routt Charter's funding for oversight costs. At the time that the North Routt Charter School was established, there wasn't the same path to state chartering as there is now for the Montessori (and other charter schools in the state). I do believe the precedent of the North Routt Charter should apply to The Montessori Charter.
I want to re-emphasize for anyone reading this - the Montessori Charter is a PUBLIC SCHOOL, funded with public money and having to follow all the same rules and restrictions as every other public school in Steamboat and the state (including Strawberry Park and Soda Creek Elementary Schools and the North Routt Charter).
In the excellent tradition of the our community going above and beyond to support our public schools with the half cent sales tax, The Montessori Charter should be including in these grants so that ALL our local public schools in Steamboat, Hayden, Soroco and North Routt can benefit and provide an added level of education to ALL our public school students.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about the SSHS XC team and coaches. SO many positive things about this team and it all stems from the coaching staff led by Lisa Renee. The coaches have the ability to make every athlete feel supported and to focus each athlete on achieving his/her best each time out. To see these coaches celebrate a PR, you would think that athlete just won state championships. Ultimately, this is what sports are all about - believing in yourself, knowing that if you work hard there will be rewards, and achieving your personal best no matter how it compares to others. At the same time, this team is competitive and celebrates its victories. Just an fantastic team and inspirational coaches.
Headline needs to be updated. Yes $100k+ is technically $10k+, but I was thinking, great, only around $10k a year, that's really low. $100K+ a year definitely hits the budget.
I will say that my comment here is over-simplified and ignores the issue complexity of the issue that medical marijuana is legal in Colorado but not legal federally. While education is a state-run program, there are direct federal monies that our district receives and relies on (through competitive grants) and a specific policy about medical marijuana COULD put the district at risk of losing federal funds (although the Obama administration has not actively pursued any mj actions against states). My point is that I don't think we as a school district or as a state should be addressing medical mj as anything other than another prescription drug and should not be enacting laws/policies specifically for medical mj. Mind boggling that my kid can go back to school after a surgery and the nurse can administer an opioid like Oxycodone that we know can be addictive and deadly, but that the few kids that require medical mj in order to be able to attend school can't use it above board.
I fail to see why this is an issue that needs it own house bill or school district policies. School districts, including SSHS, already have prescription drug policies. Why doesn't medical marijuana just fall under these existing policies?
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