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Steamboat School Board to consider 2010-11 budget

Members also will be presented with the school district’s facilities master plan

Jack Weinstein

— After a year of budget cuts and layoffs because of reduced revenue and increased expenses, the Steamboat Springs School Board tonight will consider adopting the 2010-11 budget.

The budget's general fund revenues of $20.3 million are a decrease of more than $1.3 million from 2009-10 as a result of less funding from the state and fewer gifts from the Education Fund Board, coupled with increased costs for health insurance, retirement benefits and unemployment insurance.

Along with the budget's other funds — emergency reserve, preschool, capital reserve, governmental designated-purpose grants, bond redemption, building and food service — the Steamboat Springs School Dis­trict's total appropriation for 2010-11 is $28.7 million.

Although the School Board will consider adopting the 2010-11 operating budget, the final budget isn't due to the state until Jan. 31, 2011.

Of the district's general fund, more than 88 percent will be dedicated to staff salaries next school year.

Payroll expenses are anticipated to decrease, despite in­­creased costs for benefits and unemployment insurance, because of an elimination or reduction of more than 30 staff positions and retirements. Staff members weren't given salary step increases or cost of living adjustments for the next school year, but they will be given credit for educational advances.

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Also tonight, the School Board will hear a presentation about Tier 1 and Tier 2 sports. Board members also will be presented the district's facilities master plan, which assessed the district's existing buildings and identifies potential needs for the future.

"It's a blueprint for the future about how to spend capital dollars," School Board President Robin Crossan said. "It assesses the needs of the individual facilities."

School Board members also will recognize Nancy Mucklow, the 2009-10 Friend of Education. Each year, the School Board honors a member of the community who has dedicated time and energy to the district.

Mucklow has served as the chairwoman for the parent information committees at Steamboat Springs Middle School and Steamboat Springs High School. She has been the high school lacrosse team coordinator, helped out in classrooms, organized fundraisers and participated in other volunteer efforts.

Other items the School Board will consider tonight include:

■ Selling property the district owns in Clark

■ Buying new carpet for Strawberry Park Elementary School and the middle school for an estimate of more than $305,000, which would be paid for by district's bond fund

■ Buying Infinite Visions accounting and human resources software for more than $99,000

■ The School Board's representative on the board of directors for the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services

■ Paying the 2010-11 membership dues of more than $9,700 to the Colorado Association of School Boards

■ The operating agreement about special education programs and processes with BOCES

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 871-4203 or e-mail jweinstein@steamboatpilot.com

If you go

What: Steamboat Springs School Board meeting

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

Contact: Call the Steamboat Springs School District offices at 970-879-1530 for more information.

On the agenda

6 p.m. Call to order

6:03 p.m. Recognition of Nancy Mucklow, the 2009-10 Friend of Education

6:20 p.m. Facilities Master Plan presentation and Tier 1 and Tier 2 sports progress report

7 p.m. Public comment

7:30 p.m. Action items: Sale of Clark property owned by the district, bond fund expenditure for carpet, 2010-11 budget adoption, accounting/human resources software, board representation on the BOCES board, 2010-11 membership dues for the Colorado Association of School Boards, operating agreement of special education programs and processes with BOCES

8:15 p.m. Consent agenda items

9 p.m. Adjourn