Steamboat Education Fund Board vetting process to conclude |

Steamboat Education Fund Board vetting process to conclude

Board to announce grants at meeting Wednesday

— Routt County school districts and education-oriented community groups will learn Wednesday night which grants they will receive from the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board. Wednesday's meeting marks the conclusion of a grant-vetting process that began in February.

"It's been a long process and there's been a lot of hard work put in by the board and the commission, so it's exciting to get to this point and be able to announce the grants for this year," Fund Board President Kristi Brown said.

The Fund Board will consider the $2.5 million worth of grants endorsed by a grant committee that met last month and spent five hours paring down a list of requests from $2.7 million to $2.5 million.

If the committee's recommendations are approved without any changes, the Steamboat Springs School District will receive $2 million in grants, or 83 percent of the funding. Soroco will receive $159,000, or 7 percent; the Hayden School District will receive $148,084, or 6 percent; the North Routt Community Charter School will receive $35,000 for professional and curriculum development, or 1 percent; and education-oriented community groups will receive $67,500, or 3 percent of the funding. The breakdown does not include $130,000 of shared grants and administrative costs.

Also at Wednesday's meeting, the Fund Board will nominate officers for next school year. Brown said there are three vacancies on the grant commission and two vacancies on the Fund Board that need to be filled.

"We would love to get some passionate community members who have good board skills to come forward and volunteer," Brown said.

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