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Charter contract up for review

Steamboat School Board to iron out kinks in draft agreement

— The operating contract between the Steamboat Springs School District and the North Routt Community Charter School has been drafted, but adoption of the final draft still is in the hands of the Steamboat Springs School Board.

Today, the School Board will review the draft put together by the charter school’s board and Steamboat Springs Superintendent Donna Howell at the direction of the Steamboat Springs School Board.

Monday’s meeting will give the Steamboat Springs School Board a chance to ask any questions it might have because Colleen Poole, head of school at the charter school, and the entire charter school board is planning to attend the meeting.



“It’s the final draft of the preliminary contract, if that makes sense,” Poole said. “We’ve changed wording here and there. If their board has any questions, hopefully, we can get the kinks ironed out at that meeting.”

The School Board won’t take action on the charter school contract at Monday’s meeting.



Contract negotiations between the charter school and the Steamboat Springs School District began in January, but the School Board has been kept informed of the contract terms through communication with Howell, so Monday’s contract terms shouldn’t surprise anyone, Howell said.

“We’ve been working on this contract for a while so the board has had the proposed changes,” Howell said. “We have reviewed them with our attorney and still have time for questions.”

Terms of the new contract are similar to the existing contract, Poole said. The new contract will be a three-year agreement.

“I think some of the wording was made a little softer, and I’m hoping it will be more of a partnership type of a contract,” Poole said of the contract under review. “We want to be as positive and cooperative as we can be to a point.”

Poole is optimistic about the terms of the new contract that the School Board is scheduled to review Monday.

“I’m hoping it will go through without glitch,” Poole said.

School Board agenda

Monday at George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh St.

6 p.m. Call to order

6:01 p.m. Executive Session

– Section 24-6-402(4)(b) for purposes of consulting with our attorney on the issue of pending litigation

– Section 24-6-402(4)(f) for purposes of discussing a personnel matter regarding Superintendent Donna Howell

– Section 24-6-402(4)(g) for purposes of considering confidential documents relating to a student

7 p.m. Public and staff comments

7:20 p.m. Strawberry Park Elementary PTIC – Green Project

7:35 p.m. North Routt Community Charter School contract

7:50 p.m. Strategic Plan update

8:20 p.m. Budget update

8:30 p.m. Facilities update

8:35 p.m. Expulsion Committee update

8:45 p.m. BOCES Special Education Acton plan

8:50 p.m. NNP-32-Support Staff Substitutes (revised Dec. 1, 2006)

8:55 p.m. Superintendent Evaluation process

9:05 p.m. May 7 study session

9:15 p.m. Debrief

9:25 p.m. Plan for future meetings

9:30 p.m. Adjourn


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