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Community Committee for Education kicks off trio of forums

Teresa Ristow

Soda Creek Elementary student Eva Minotto colors on the first day of school in 2014. The new Community Committee for Education held the first of three public forums Thursday night to discuss the future of education in Steamboat Springs.

— More than 100 community members turned out Wednesday at The Steamboat Grand for the first of three public forums hosted by the Community Committee for Education, or CC4E.

Facilitators at 10 tables wrote down hundreds of comments about the state of education in Steamboat Springs.

Additional meetings with a roundtable format are scheduled for 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at The Grand, 2300 Mount Werner Circle.

Refreshments will be provided, and anyone is welcome to attend.

"We're here to listen to you," said Robin Schepper, member of CC4E and co-chair of the District Accountability Committee. "We want to know what the community thinks of the future of education in Steamboat Springs. We really need to hear from you."

Facilitators from the committee took down notes from many community members on issues including concerns about class sizes, open enrollment policies, the future of the Seventh Street building, the district's demographic report, the size of last year's bond measure and current and future athletic facilities, among other topics.

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Some participants said after the forum that they enjoyed the roundtable setting.

"I feel like it was a really good effort from the committee to gather information," Dana Miller said. "I really appreciated the format of the small tables."

Committee member Dean Vogelaar said he was pleased to see a good turnout and many engaged tables of community members.

"The people are engaged in a nice, respectful forum," Vogelaar said.

The committee plans to compile all the comments gathered at the three forums and post the comments on their website, cc4e.org, ideally by April 15.

For more information about the committee's work, visit its website or Facebook page at facebook.com/cc4education.

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If you go:

What: Community Committee for Education (CC4E) public forums

When: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 31

Where: The Steamboat Grand, 2300 Mount Werner Circle