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School Board approves 5-year extension for North Routt charter

Also at Monday's meeting:

Financial advice: The board heard a presentation and received an informational packet from Dan O’Connell, an investment banker and director for RBC Capital Markets. O’Connell said he had worked with the district since 2002, including involvement in its most recent bond issue for reconstruction of Soda Creek Elementary.

O’Connell discussed potential tax revenues that could be generated through various sized mill levies and shared some insights into the 2015 and 2016 election years.

A full story on O’Connell’s discussion with the board will follow this week in the Steamboat Today.

CBT update: The district held a Collaborative Bargaining Team meeting last week and teams discussed a variety of leave policies, counselor compensation and the possibility of para-professional hazard pay. Board President Roger Good, who is a member of the district CBT group, said he was concerned that the bargaining teams spend too much time discussing policies that affect very few people. A teacher’s representative at Monday’s meeting said she felt that CBT’s lengthy discussion that created a parenting leave policy was an appropriate use of the group’s time.

The majority of the school board discussed its desire to hold meetings in the evenings or during other times outside of class next year.

— The Steamboat Springs School District will renew its charter with North Routt Community Charter School for a period of five years.

Steamboat Springs School Board members unanimously approved the charter renewal during a meeting Monday night.

“I’d just like to say thank you to everyone for your time and dedication and enthusiasm to the community, because you do serve the whole community,” said board member Robin Crossan, addressing representatives from the charter school at the meeting.



North Routt School Principal Brandon LaChance spoke at a school board workshop last month about the school’s progress since opening in 2001.

The school has experienced steady growth, including a 35 percent increase in students from 2011 to 2014, with a current enrollment of 88 students.



The school has spent the last two years creating a fund surplus that totals nearly $50,000 and has achieved several educational accomplishments, including receiving a Colorado Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years.

During the Jan. 26 presentation to the board, LaChance shared that in addition to serving the needs of the North Routt community, the school appeals to families that prefer small classroom and school size and expeditionary learning.

The school’s charter was last renewed in 2010, also for a five-year period.

The board approved the renewed charter to last through 2020, with minimal discussion during the meeting.

“Thank you so much guys, we really appreciate it,” LaChance said, following the decision.

Also at Monday’s meeting:

Financial advice: The board heard a presentation and received an informational packet from Dan O’Connell, an investment banker and director for RBC Capital Markets. O’Connell said he had worked with the district since 2002, including involvement in its most recent bond issue for reconstruction of Soda Creek Elementary.

O’Connell discussed potential tax revenues that could be generated through various sized mill levies and shared some insights into the 2015 and 2016 election years.

A full story on O’Connell’s discussion with the board will follow this week in the Steamboat Today.

CBT update: The district held a Collaborative Bargaining Team meeting last week and teams discussed a variety of leave policies, counselor compensation and the possibility of para-professional hazard pay. Board President Roger Good, who is a member of the district CBT group, said he was concerned that the bargaining teams spend too much time discussing policies that affect very few people. A teacher’s representative at Monday’s meeting said she felt that CBT’s lengthy discussion that created a parenting leave policy was an appropriate use of the group’s time.

The majority of the school board discussed its desire to hold meetings in the evenings or during other times outside of class next year.

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


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