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I can think of probably 100 other projects in the city that are significantly more important than this. Yet the mountain URA requires that we keep spending the property taxes within the district, regardless of the need.
Keep in mind that no agreement was ever reached with the school district on the mountain URA. Chris Diamond said so himself at last month's city council meeting. Dollars that were supposed to fund our children's education are instead going toward completely unnecessary projects like this and will continue to do so for many more years to come!
(Although I am a member of the Steamboat Springs School Board, these comments are my own personal opinions and may not reflect those of my fellow board members)
I beleive that any marijuana use or possession on Federal forest service land is illegal.
Interesting book for old ski resorts across the state:
Powder Ghost Towns: Epic Backcountry Runs in Colorado's Lost Ski Resorts
by Peter Bronski
I agree with Jim. Howelson hill essentially exists for the SSWSC, revolving around their needs and schedule, but is paid for by the taxpayer. We should either give it back to them or manage to the larger community's needs.
Also, I personally invited the editorial board to come tour the schools (including the modulars at both elementary schools), read through the demographic report and enrollment data, etc. I think all of this is needed before making a recommendation on what is needed and when. As Scott W. pointed out, I've been very pleased with the data-driven and publicly transparent process we've taken thus far.
Thank you all for your comments and concerns.
I have to admit some ignorance to the challenges Soroco school district faces. I wish them well and defended them and all of the other 175+ school districts in Colorado at Monday's city council meeting on how property-tax funded URAs negatively impact schools. But I wasn't elected to serve Soroco. I was elected to serve the Steamboat RE-2 school district, and that is my focus, one which I take very seriously. I would suggest taking any ideas you have for their district to their school board and then perhaps they can reach out to Steamboat RE-2.
Regarding the students we do accept, my understanding is that this is done on a case by case basis. As an open enrollment state, we are required by state law to accept them if we can. I believe this is the exception rather than the norm. For example, if all third grade classes are at 20 students but one is at 18 and a third grader from outside the district wants to join, that should not negatively impact third grade as a whole but will adhere to the intent of state law and include funding from the state to help pay for that child. I use the term "help pay for" rather than "pay for" because obviously our schools are funded by both local property taxes and state funds. However, it shouldn't cost that much more to operate a third grade class with 19 students than it does 18, so taking that out of district student helps us comply with the law and receive reasonably adequate funding to do so. Taking 100 third grade grade students would be a completely different issue, costing us more money to operate those additional grades (including building modulars) than the state funding would provide.
The local business community was so supportive they couldn't even pass a BID, which was ironically a requirement of Tony Connell's resolution last September to move forward with these discussions.
Hi Scott: enrollment of out of district students was one of my first concerns upon moving here. However, after talking to the superintendent - it's a complex issue that I personally don't believe significantly impacts our overcrowding issue. I encourage you to contact our superintendent for an explanation.
Download the demographic study from the bottom of:
Join the community discussion on this topic at 6pm on January 28th:
Call 871-3199 to inquire about school tours.
I would encourage anyone who is interested in this topic to tour the schools, including the modulars, and read the demographic report before drawing a conclusion.
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