Steamboat Education Fund Board Grant Commission to discuss how last year’s money was spent |

Steamboat Education Fund Board Grant Commission to discuss how last year’s money was spent

Ben Ingersoll

— Community members interested in finding out how grants are appropriated through the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board and Grant Commission will have their chance at Wednesday’s meeting.

The Fund Board will be doing second readings on the innovation grants and the community groups grants, as well as reviewing accountability reports.

The accountability reports will include a full overview of how the 2012-13 grant allotments were spent. Using a spreadsheet compiled by Grant Commission member Barb Parnell, board members will walk through each grant issued last year and discuss the lessons they learned.

“It’s always nice because we want to know how the money was spent and how it worked and what we could do better next time,” Fund Board President Kristi Brown said.

First readings on the innovation and community group grants went fine, Brown said, and the purpose behind Wednesday’s meeting is to get the pools of money approved by the Fund Board for the commission to distribute.

The innovation grants are slated at $50,000 and the community groups grants are $75,000. The deadlines for the innovation grant is Dec. 11 and the community groups is Jan. 8. Awards for each are made a week after deadline.

As of Sunday afternoon, Brown said no applications have been received.

Commission member Stuart Handloff said the innovation grant is a special item used primarily for local teachers to explore and take risks “outside the normal curriculum.”

Beyond the Fund Board and the commission’s final decisions, Handloff said it’s critical that the process is carried out with a level of transparency. Community input also is important, he said.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at George P. Sauer Human Services Center boardroom.

Vacant spot

The commission has a vacant spot it’s looking to fill. Meetings and decisions will be made regardless of when the position is filled, Brown said, but she encouraged community members to attend Wednesday if they are interested.

“As soon as someone gets in there, the quicker they can get caught up,” Brown said.

Although grant awarding still is about a month away, Handloff said there is a larger perspective in mind for the commission’s 11 members and the Fund Board’s 15 members.

“The real key on the whole thing is just to do the greatest good for the greatest number of kids,” Handloff said. “What can we do to support education for the kids in this district in as many ways as possible?”

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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