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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?
Not once do you mention what sport this is. Could you please make a habit of putting the name of the team (gender and sport) somewhere in the headline or first paragraph? Thanks.
I also hate rumors, which is why, when I heard about the possible changes in the music program, I contacted the High School principal to hear directly what the administration is saying.
1) Currently there is one full time band teacher in 6-12 and one full time choir teacher in 6-12. With the "overstaffing reduction" and restructed staffing the very unfortunate effect is that a band teacher will be leading both band and choir in both the MS and HS. It has to be a band teacher since the demands of all the different instruments requires specific training that band teachers get but choir teachers do not. Very destructive to the choir program.
2) In terms of "overstaffing" let's just look at 7th grade band, there are currently two sections of about 30 kids each, cut one of these sections and you have one teacher with almost 60 kids.
3) While Jim Knapp was not fired, he was offered only the full time position at the middle school, effectively removing him from the high school.
4) If 5th grade band is moved outside of school time, the number of kids who can participate will drop. Any kid who has to take the bus or is in afterschool activities will not be able to try band and see if music should be an important part of their life. This erodes the band's foundation.
5) Jim Knapp built this music program from 9 kids in the high school bands when he arrived 8 years ago to almost 80 kids in concert and jazz band now. These are the bands that you see at ski band, football games, graduation and other musical events. Reducing 5th grade band, then making the middle school band classes so large that kids do not get the instruction they need, erodes the high school band to the point that it no longer serves the students or the community. The choir program does not have the foundation support that band does and it suffers and is smaller because of it.
6) If there are issues with specific staff, then those should be dealt with directly, not by dismantling a program that is serving a large set of students quite well.
7) It will be very difficult to hire a combined band/choir teacher at the high school when the position is only part time. A suitable person has not been identified for this position.
8) The band and choir programs support how great our schools are and how great our students are. Many of this year's seniors supplied musical supplements with their college admissions, even if they are not planning to study music, to show how talented and well rounded they are and it makes an impression on college admissions. Some of this year's seniors are planning to continue to study music and this passion came primarily from the school music programs.
The district is hearing from many different groups that support the music programs and want them to stay a vibrant part of the schools, so perhaps this fluidity will allow the district to re-evalutate the proposed changes as to keep the music programs strong.
Just for the record, I have nothing to do with Partners nor this program nor the ed fund board, nor do I know if funding this Partners program was a good idea. But I do know that the 1/2 cent sales tax is not district money and that the ed fund board is an independent body. I personally know many people on the Ed Fund board although have not discussed this with them, but I trust them to do a good and fair job of distributing the 1/2 cent sales tax money consistent with the purpose of enhancing the education of the students of Routt county.
Scott - What do you mean that the school districts are limited to the Ed Fund board for their additional needs? The school district employs a full time grant writer. Does she only write grants requests to the Ed Fund board? I thought the grant writer researched and secured funds from many different sources?
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