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School district revisits strategic plan

A group of Steamboat Springs High School students walk towards the school on the first day of class in 2012.
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Strategies of the Steamboat Springs School District strategic plan:

Strategy 1: We will establish systems in which everyone in our district has the opportunity and skills to sustain and advance our culture of excellence.

Strategy 2: We will facilitate engagement of individuals, families and organizations in the community to build partnerships that enhance the educational experience of our students.

Strategy 3: We will provide individualized, experiential and innovative learning opportunities for all students.

Strategy 4: We will develop a comprehensive communication plan to keep both the school district and community informed about programs, operations, policies and services.

Strategy 5: We will promote local and global citizenship through cultural and environmental literacy.

— Steamboat Springs School District administrators Monday emphasized the district’s need for a communications liaison.

District Director of Teaching and Learning Marty Lamansky and Soda Creek Elementary Principal Michele Miller gave school board members an update on progress related to the district’s strategic plan, and both said the board should prioritize the need for a communications professional.

“We’re going to keep pushing on that one and figure out how to do that,” Lamansky said.



The hiring or identifying of a communications person for the district is one of 32 action plans under the umbrella of five strategies in the district’s strategic plan, which was developed in 2014 and 2015 by district staff and community members.

Hiring a communications liaison is an action plan under the district’s fourth strategic priority — to develop a comprehensive communication plan to keep both the school district and community informed about programs, operations, policies and services.



Superintendent Brad Meeks said in the wake of last November’s failed bond, it became clear how important it is for the community to have access to as much information as possible about things happening with the district.

Miller said the first step would be to create a job description for the position, to make sure district leaders are on the same page about the duties the liaison might be responsible for.

District leaders said it could be a full-time position, a part-time position, contract work or duties that could be absorbed by moving around the responsibilities of other employees.

The position was originally included as a potential addition to the district’s budget last year, and for the current year, but was eliminated during budget discussions both times.

“The communication liaison has been a victim of budget cuts,” Lamansky said.

Lamansky and Miller Monday discussed 12 of the 32 action plans the district is prioritizing for the current school year.

Other action plans describe the district’s goals to support community partnerships, to keep students engaged and challenged in the pursuit of academic excellence and to determine future facilities and expansion needs and upgrades.

Lamansky said the district’s partnership with the Community Committee for Education is part of putting the latter plan into action.

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


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