School Board sees changes |

School Board sees changes

Meeting site moves to Citizens' Hall; new president to be elected

— The Steamboat Springs School Board will have two certain changes tonight.

First, the School Board is holding its regularly scheduled, monthly meeting at Centennial Hall/Citizens’ Hall. Second, the board is scheduled to elect a new president.

Centennial Hall on 10th Street accommodates more people than the meeting room at the George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh Street.

Centennial Hall also has better ventilation for guests and board members.

The Human Services Center still will be used for study sessions, which are at the beginning of the month.

The election of a new president comes nearly one month after the resignation of former president Tom Miller-Freutel took effect. The board will select that person tonight, but Miller-Freutel’s District 5 seat is still open.

The board has 60 days from the Aug. 28 resignation date to appoint someone to the board. It is still advertising for the position.

District 5 includes the Fairview and Brooklyn neighborhoods, as well as the Old Town areas south of Seventh Street and out to Trafalgar and Anglers Drives and North Steamboat Boulevard.

The School Board member must live in this district to apply.

In tonight’s Spotlight on Success, the Steamboat Springs Middle School will be highlighted.

“It is up to the school what they want the School Board and the community to know a little bit more about,” middle school principal Tim Bishop said, describing what Spotlight on Success is. “We’ve been spending a lot of time on this Positive Behavior Support. It’s endorsed by the Colorado Department of Education.”

For two years, the middle school staff has looked into the possibility of implementing PSB. The purpose of the state initiative is to establish and maintain effective school environments through academic achievement and behavioral competence.

“As a school, it is creating common expectations for every part of the school, and then not only creating them, but then as a school teaching these kids these expectations and how to behave.” Bishop said.

It isn’t enough to tell children not to do something. You want them to learn why and teach them correct behavior in a more positive way, Bishop said.

“We teach you exactly those expectations, and celebrate them when they do well and the school does well,” Bishop said.

The middle school staff is in support of PBS and has spent numerous hours discussing and agreeing to school-wide behavior expectations for its students. The goal is to expand the program throughout the district.

A presentation will be made tonight. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with executive session, which is not open to the public. The public meeting begins at 7 p.m.

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