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Board to examine expenses

Resource officer position also on agenda for Monday meeting

Zach Fridell

— The Steamboat Springs School District has spent $11.83 million since July 1, with an income of only $2.47 million. Despite the discrepancy, spending is within normal bounds, according to a new report from District Finance Director Dale Mellor.

Mellor will speak to the Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday about the financial health and policies of the district, as part of a regular monitoring report.

If the capital construction projects – Soda Creek Elementary School and a new entrance for the Steamboat Springs Middle School – are removed from the calculations, the operating expenditure from July 1 to Nov. 30 is about $6.17 million. Although that exceeds the revenue by more than double, the school board approved the expenditures, and once sales tax revenues are collected, the district will be on track to a healthy budget, the report states.

For the past three years, the district has been in the same situation, overspending its revenues up until November in anticipation of income in the next year.

By the same time in 2007, the district had spent $6.47 million and received $2.49 million; in 2006, the district had spent $5.73 million and received $2.41 million.

According to a graph provided by Mellor, the district’s cash reserves typically are lowest near the end of each calendar year but grow quickly after Jan. 1 as sales tax is collected.

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Mellor’s report concludes that even though the district typically does not want expenses to exceed revenues, the district has kept to its policies by receiving School Board approval for all expenditures.

Resource officer

The board also will hear a recommendation from Superintendent Shalee Cunningham on the ongoing negotiations with the city of Steamboat Springs regarding funding for the resource officer at Steamboat Springs High School. The city has requested the district pay half the cost of the resource officer – including salary and benefits – but board members balked at paying more benefits than are made available to most district employees.

Cunningham’s proposal recommends sharing the $59,427 base salary and basing the district’s share of benefits on one of the district’s benefits packages.

The benefits package provided by the city totals $23,168, but Cunningham proposes basing the split on the district’s package, valued at $14,816.

If the proposal is accepted, the total cost of the resource officer as considered in the sharing agreement would decrease from $82,595 to $74,243, with the district annually contributing $37,122.

It is not clear whether the city will pay for the remainder of the benefits package to keep the resource officer’s benefits intact.

– To reach Zach Fridell, call 871-4208 or e-mail zfridell@steamboatpilot.com

If you go

What: Steamboat Springs School Board meeting

When: 5:30 p.m. Monday

Where: Centennial Hall, 10th Street

On the agenda

5:30 p.m. Call to order

5:35 p.m. Business and finance report – District Finance Director Dale Mellor

6:15 pm. Steamboat Springs High School Resource Officer report – Superintendent Shalee Cunningham

6:30 p.m. Presentation of Colorado Student Assessment Program Results – Director of Curriculum and Development JoAnne Hilton-Gabeler

7 p.m. Public comment for any item not on the agenda

7:20 p.m. Education Fund Board priorities – Cunningham

8:15 p.m. Debrief

8:30 p.m. Adjourn

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