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Thanks-I totally agree with your last statement but that unfortunately is the society we live in today. The actual tuition in the past years except the last 2 was $2400 per student not $600 which is where the $500,000 comes from but again that is only an estimate depending on state funding. It also releases the EFB from trying to help fund K. They now can use that money for other educational purposes. If the state funds more then the MLO will be less and if they fund it all then the MLO is totally gone. The good news is there should be no debt like the last 3 years or so. Out of 178 school districts in the state Steamboat is right at the top. We have a great school system here so lets all work together to keep it that way. My grandchildren and your children are counting on us to do keep it that way.
Ken,I apologize for the reference. I did not mean it the way it came out. I tried to correct it but was unsuccessful.
Read the definition of slush fund and you will see this is not one. We will not know until next year if hopefully there will be as a balanced budget as we all want. It would be nice to have a surplus so needed maintenance can be done. We will find out in May.
Ken, The definition of a slush fund is "a fund for bribing public officials or carrying corruptive propaganda and an unregulated fund often used for illicit purposes." The District has $17 million in deferred maintenance thanks to the state underfunding Education over the past 5 years(the negative factor). How is fixing our schools illicit? If you read the ballot it specifically said all monies go directly to full day kindergarten. This years school budget deficit was $100,000+which happens to be close to the amount of money the District used to fund all day kindergarten. The MLO should then pretty much wipe out the deficit. If and when the State funds all day kindergarten the MLO is terminated. Now compare that to the previous school board last school year. They had a 300% larger deficit, over $500,000 and that year the Educational Fund Board funded the ENTIRE COST of Full Day Kindergarten. So the deficit was considerably reduced this year and thanks to the MLO the District should be balanced next year. Why didn't you support a recall movement last year?
Happy Veterans Day but I doubt you are a part of my Band of Brothers.
Scott, you are entitled to your opinion and you have many. I think you are totally wrong about the benefits of Full Day Kindergarten. I've seen the results from my own children and grand children and it was a great help preparing them for school. The out of District students are mostly children of employees of the district and others who work in Steamboat who can't afford to live here. This is about 5% of the student population as compared to Aspen's which is about 25%. Happy Halloween.
The ballot language is quite specific. It says that amount of money collected will be based on the amount of K students. The money is mandated to only be used for Kindergarten. If the State finally funds full day Kindergarten the MLO is terminated. This is no slush fund.
Last week the CC4E Group held a Forum on School Finances unfortunately very few taxpayers attended. This would have cleared up all the misinformation that has been put out about how our School District is financed. The two presenters, one from the Colorado Fiscal Institute and the other the School District Finance Director outlined how Colorado funds all 178 Districts and specifically Steamboat. The District receives $7400 per student for the 1 through 12 student and $4300 per Kindergarten student. Unfortunately, other priorities have surpassed Education in our State. Over the last 5 years the State has underfunded the District by $17 million( called the negative factor) which happens to coincide exactly with the Districts deferred maintenance which also is $17 million. Also the District still has children in outside Trailers at Soda Creek Elementary. Colorado has gone from 23rd in school funding to 45th over the past 5 years. If this continues Colorado will pass Mississippi within a year or two. I find it interesting that the State can spend over $20,000 per inmate in our prisons and only $7400 or $4300 for K per student for Education. That is the questionable logic. Maybe if some of these people had a early start with Kindergarten they would not have been in jail.
The good news for Tipton is if he can get re-elected just one more time he will qualify for Healthcare and a Pension for life and we all get the bill. Then he can leave and become a Lobbyist for the Oil and Gas Industry.
You are right Chris, Tipton has never responded to me either. I hear he only responds to Campaign Contributors unlike Mike Bennett and Cory Gardner who always respond .
I think Tipton does not know the meaning of the word Representative. His big accomplishment over the past four years is maximizing vacations. If he is re-elected he qualifies for a life long pension. Not bad if you spend only about 110 days a year working (if you can call it that) and the rest of the time you are on vacation, campaigning or fund raising. On top of that you get $185,000 a year for doing almost nothing. The highest paid Welfare recipients in the world.
Incorrect. Al Gore conceded the election on election night 2000. Then he withdrew his concession and later contested the Florida vote when the Florida Election Committee told him there was going to be a re-count.
After the Supreme Court gave the election to Bush Gore gave his concession speech which was on Dec. 13, 2000. Trump said Wednesday he may not accept the outcome of the election which is 3 weeks from the actual election. He said he would accept the results yesterday if he won. There is no comparison between Gore and Trump words because Gore was ready to concede on election night. That is the inconvenient truth.
No Presidential Candidate ever has said he would not accept the results ahead of time. Al Gore actually conceded the election then he was told by the Florida Election Committee that there was a problem so he withdrew his concession while they figured it out.(Gore actually had 825,000 more votes than Bush nation wide) It is the GOP Leadership that has gone through the roof over what Trump said last night about the "rigged" election and not accepting the results. Trump never accepts losing, it is not in his DNA. His Bankruptcies was always someone else fault, as was the Billy Bush tape, and now the election. If he does lose he is setting the stage to blame everyone but himself for the worst Campaign ever run by a Presidential Candidate.
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