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Community Committee for Education plans educational series

Community Committee for Education Chair Bette Vandahl, right, speaks during a committee meeting.

— The Community Committee for Education, or CC4E, hopes to once again engage the community in discussions about the future of the Steamboat Springs School District.

The committee has scheduled a series of educational forums in October and November to teach community members about school finance, review a new district demographic report and review school district policies and programs.

Future forums on district facilities are expected to take place in January and February and will include potential facilities options for the future.

"This is the community's opportunity to get educated about our schools," said Bette Vandahl, chair of CC4E.

The trio of forums, titled the Fall Community Forums on Education, were scheduled in response to more than 2,500 comments gathered by CC4E about topics including community collaboration, accountability, school finance, demographics and programs and policies.

Vandahl said task forces have been working to study several issues brought up by community members during public forums in March and in smaller information-gathering meetings during the spring and look for solutions, when appropriate.

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"The task forces have been working very hard gathering info," Vandahl said. "The forums will educate people and share what the task forces have learned."

CC4E's first forum will aim to teach community members the basics of school finance, something many people who commented wanted a better understanding of.

The forum will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium and include a presentation from Carol Hedges, executive director of the Colorado Fiscal Institute, and Mark Rydberg, director of finance for the Steamboat Springs School District.

The second forum will be a presentation of a new district demographics report compiled by Jim Looney, planner for Denver Public Schools. The forum is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

The final forum will be a discussion of school district accountability, policy and programs with members of CC4E and school district staff. It is slated from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at the library.

The forums are being held in partnership with Steamboat Pilot & Today.

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