Organizers move forward with Mountain Montessori Charter School proposal |

Organizers move forward with Mountain Montessori Charter School proposal

If you go:

What: Public presentation of Mountain Montessori Charter School

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6

Where: Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave.

— A steering committee working to bring an elementary Montessori school to Steamboat Springs is several steps closer to making the school a reality.

The Mountain Montessori Charter School steering committee will be interviewing with the Colorado Charter School Institute this week in Denver and will present an overview of the school to the public and the institute during a meeting at the Bud Werner Memorial Library at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6.

The committee will then present the school proposal to the CSI’s board of directors May 12, before the CSI makes a decision on whether to authorize the school June 9.

“This whole process has been amazing and wonderful,” said Jenn Zuccone, who is planning for the new school along with committee members Kristen Rockford and Jennifer Brossett. “I have never worked on a project or on a goal like this before with two other people where our working styles and our strengths gelled so beautifully.”

The charter school is aiming to fill a void organizers think was left when a Montessori program at Strawberry Park Elementary School was suspended in part in 2012 and completely in 2013.

While the steering committee was originally seeking sponsorship through the Steamboat Springs School District, school board members over the summer said the district intends to release its interest in chartering the school.

Zuccone said Sunday that the school is aiming to serve 126 students preschool-aged through sixth grade during its first year and later expand to serve students through eighth grade.

Organizers have received interest forms from families representing 114 students, and Zuccone said when the school receives approval of its charter that number will likely go up.

A target opening for the school is set for fall 2016.

Steering committee members have been in discussions with Perry-Mansfield about potentially locating the school in modular classrooms at that site and have also been in discussions about another site in the southern part of Steamboat.

The committee has also begun to make various community partnerships that potential students would benefit from, including working with Yampatika to provide outdoor education and with Integrated Community to help serve students who are English language learners.

The committee has also worked with North Routt Charter School and Steamboat Springs Montessori School for guidance in developing the school.

To learn more about the Mountain Montessori Charter School or to receive email updates about the school’s progress, email

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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