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Steamboat School Board talks through latest changes to $92 million bond

— The latest changes to the Steamboat Springs School District's $92 million bond proposal include vacating the district's administration building and increasing the new high school's capacity to 1,100 students.

Moving district administration, Yampa Valley High School and Board of Cooperative Educational Services from the Seventh Street location would allow the plan to repurpose more than $1 million, which had been allocated for primarily capital maintenance on the site.

An additional 4,000 square feet of construction at the new high school — bringing the building to 202,000 square feet — would house district and BOCES offices and increase total student capacity from 970 to 1,100.

The Steamboat Springs School Board met Monday to go over the changes and have a final discussion before ballot question language is tentatively approved Aug. 24.

No members of the public commented at Monday’s meeting.

In addition to the bond, the district is asking for an annual $1.98 million mill levy override to cover increased operating costs associated with the plan.

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Vacating the district's Seventh Street site would allow for the possible sale of downtown property.

"The million and a quarter that was earmarked for (renovation of) this facility didn't have a whole lot of bang for its buck," said Jeff Chamberlin, a district-hired owner's representative from RLH Engineering.

The most current plan moves Yampa Valley High School to a portion of the current high school campus, which will become the new Steamboat Springs Middle School.

The proposed YVHS area of the campus, within one lower level pod of the school, would be completely contained and separate from areas of the school that would be occupied by middle school students.

District administrators said Monday that they didn't have concerns with YVHS being on the same campus as sixth through eighth graders.

"It's not all that unusual to have an alternative school on another site as long as you have that separation," said Marty Lamansky, district director of teaching and learning and YVHS principal.

With the savings realized from eliminating work at the Seventh Street site, a small reduction in contingency and other refined estimates, the changes outlined Monday increased the overall plan by roughly $20,000, to $92.65 million.

"It's about as sharp as I can get the pencil," Chamberlin said.

The board’s next meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24 at the district office board room.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

Campaign committee off to good start

Board members Monday heard an update from Yes 2 Steamboat Schools chairperson Paula Stephenson, a former school board member leading a campaign committee formed in July.

Stephenson said the group is meeting weekly, has established committee chairs and is working to meet with members of the business community and other stakeholders to discuss the project.

“I think we have a great core group that is really active,” Stephenson said.

The group has already raised an estimated $4,000 to $5,000 and signed up community members for an email list and generated interest on Facebook, according to board member Scott Bideau.

More information about the committee can be found at http://www.yes2steamboatschools.com.