Katy Lee: Passage of 2B vital to schools
This November, Routt County voters will decide whether to renew the half-cent sales tax that funds our local schools, Referendum 2B, for an additional 10 years. Passing this measure is absolutely vital to the continued success of our Routt County schools.
Despite crowded, challenging conditions, the district of Steamboat Springs was ranked third in the state by the Colorado Department of Education’s 2018 preliminary assessment. I believe the primary reason we are still able to accomplish this with our facilities at or over capacity is that the community has invested in educators to keep our student-to-teacher ratios low.
We allow the teachers to get to know each student individually and to truly educate rather than just manage the classroom. I also believe that this strategy enables us to attract high-performing staff to our high cost of living area, even in the current competitive hiring environment.
This year, about 10 percent of our district budget was derived from the Education Fund Board, which allowed us to maintain approximately 20 teaching positions. The loss of this funding, which has been in place since 1993, would undeniably result in larger class sizes.
In addition, the Hayden and South Routt districts, Mountain Village Montessori and many community groups benefit significantly from Education Fund Board grants and would be negatively affected.
By contributing just five cents for every $10 you spend in our stores, you profoundly impact the success of community. Please vote “yes” on 2B to renew the half-cent sales tax.
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