Steamboat Brief: School Board will hear BOCES update tonight |

Steamboat Brief: School Board will hear BOCES update tonight

Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Shalee Cunningham will update the Steamboat Springs School Board tonight about financial issues with the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services, or BOCES. Superintendents of BOCES’ six member school districts and BOCES Executive Director Jane Toothaker have meet three times since September, when BOCES told the member districts it overspent its 2008-09 budget by about $317,000 and increased assessments for services this year by more than $481,000. BOCES initially asked the districts to pay to make up last year’s deficit and this year’s increase. Toothaker is exploring using federal stimulus funding to make up for last year’s overspending, and the superintendents have asked her to cut this year’s budget, instead of them paying to make up the difference.

The next BOCES board meeting is Wednesday, at which time BOCES board members and Toothaker have said they’d like to see some resolution to the financial problem.

Also at today’s meeting, Jerry Buelter, assistant principal at Steamboat Springs Middle School, will receive a nomination as assistant principal of the year; and Cunningham will present board members with a presentation about the Oct. 1 student count, which determines how much per-pupil funding the district receives from the state.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in rooms 113 and 114 of Centennial Hall on 10th Street. It is set to adjourn at 8:30 p.m.