Steamboat Springs School District strategic plan unveiled |

Steamboat Springs School District strategic plan unveiled

— After nearly a year in the making, a comprehensive strategic plan for the Steamboat Springs School District was presented to the School Board Monday night.

Superintendent Brad Meeks outlined the plan, available on the district site, for board members, and then audience members and board members commented on the process to arrive at the plan.

The School Board is expected to vote on whether to accept the plan at its April 6 meeting.

The plan includes five strategies centered around the district’s culture of excellence, community engagement, learning opportunities, a communication plan and local and global citizenship.

Each strategy is supported by four to nine action plans or results statements that district staff will work to put into motion, provided the plan is approved by the board.

An example is a results statement under the communication plan strategy that suggests the district has a communication liaison to coordinate communication with the community at large.

“It could be a new person, or it could be maybe some duties are shifted,” Meeks said.

Board President Roger Good commended the more than 100 people who were involved on either the strategic planning team or the action teams.

“I’d like to personally thank everybody for all the time, the energy, the dedication,” Good said. “A big thanks, I think I can safely say, from the whole board.”

Several members of the audience reflected on their involvement after participating in the planning process.

“It’s going to make us more focused and direct,” said Soda Creek Elementary Principal Michele Miller. “I look at it as a way to help shape the work that we all do together.”

Master planning

The School Board also heard an update from Jeff Chamberlin and Matt Porta, the engineer and architect hired by the district to help formulate a facilities master plan and propose options for updating district facilities to better serve the district’s increasing number of students.

Chamberlin said numerous options for updating facilities are being explored, including building a new elementary school, new high school or new K-8 school or purchasing Heritage Christian School or another site.

Porta said adding on to each of the district’s current facilities would also be considered.

While a demographer reported last fall that the district’s elementary schools and middle school were the most packed with students, Chamberlin noted that not all of the student body and staff can fit inside the auditorium at Steamboat Springs High School.

“We see the impact of the growth and enrollment hitting every facility,” Chamberlin said.

The next meeting of the four master planning committees takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 at Soda Creek Elementary.

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

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