Steamboat School Board has busy Monday agenda to end year |

Steamboat School Board has busy Monday agenda to end year

— The Steamboat Springs School Board will have a busy slate in its final meeting of the 2013-14 year, with discussions regarding the middle school fieldhouse project, administrative salary system approval, as well as the possibility of allowing the city to implement an alternate extension of Spring Creek Trail on district property.

On Tuesday, the board and Superintendent Brad Meeks sat down with Mark Lynch and Kevin Sankey — the two leaders responsible for getting discussions of constructing an indoor fieldhouse at Steamboat Springs Middle School off the ground.

In mid-October, the board unanimously resolved to support Lynch’s and Sankey’s pursuit after the pair vowed to upstart fundraising efforts and build a project plan. But with three-fifths of the current school board not in place when the effort was first brought up, Tuesday was the five members’ first time meeting as a group to discuss the matter.

“It was all good,” Meeks said about the Tuesday roundtable. “The board had questions about what type of flexibility the committee would have — the management committee — to ensure they’d have enough hours to get the revenue to cover the costs. It was good for the board to sit and have that level of conversation.”

At Monday’s meeting, Meeks said, the board will debrief on that previous meeting and look to reconvene at a later date to go over the project plan paragraph by paragraph with Sankey, Lynch and company.

In Meeks’ superintendent report Monday, he and the board will hold an open discussion regarding the growing number of activities accounts the district is overseeing and what they can do to possibly “get a better handle on it.”

Meeks said financial accounts can be created from a number of things, such as club fundraisers or athletic teams’ budgets. The superintendent said the district has at least a couple hundred accounts among all the campuses.

Part of Monday’s discussion will call for campus principals to create a dialogue with the coaches and/or club advisers about what fees are being charged and how much money is in each account.

Between June 2006 and June 2013, Soda Creek Elementary School’s activity account dollars have risen 21 percent. Strawberry Park Elementary School’s balance rose 54 percent, Steamboat Springs Middle School’s rose 65 percent and Steamboat Springs High School’s rose 64 percent.

The board Monday also will consider a request from the city of Steamboat Springs to build an extension trail for non-motorized recreational uses on district property near Amethyst and Maple streets, where the Spring Creek trailhead is.

“Basically, they’re going to take it to build a trail to come out on Amethyst and Maple to be safer,” Meeks said. “They want to have the board approve (the) easement so the city can work on it this summer.”

An easement request exhibit displayed in the board’s agenda packet shows a proposed 8-foot-wide trail parallel to the west side of Amethyst that eventually leads to the crosswalk connecting Spring Creek Road and Maple Street.

The board unanimously approved the adoption of a new points-based administrative salary system May 19, but on Monday, the board possibly will adopt a system that includes salary figures to go into effect for 2014-15 and beyond.

Four different proposals will be presented by Meeks to the board that lay out their possible effects on administrative salaries. The board also has the option to use the current salary compensation system for administrative contracts next year.

The board also will look into extending Meeks’ superintendent contract through June 30, 2017. His current contract was ratified in June 2013 to run through June 2015. The board has been negotiating Meeks’ proposed contract extension, which includes modifications to salary, fringe benefits and termination conditions.

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

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