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Steering Committee hears from 10+2 leader

Teresa Ristow

The Steamboat Springs School District administration offices at 325 Seventh St.

— An 18-member steering committee hoping to address issues affecting the Steamboat Springs School District is making plans to hold some type of community meetings in the coming weeks.

The committee held its second meeting Tuesday afternoon, and members heard from Bob Maddox, a co-chair of the 10+2 committee that met to address a failed bond measure in the 1990s.

Maddox, who was against the 1995 bond measure to build a new high school, said there were striking similarities between that bond measure and its aftermath and November’s failed bond issue.

"It was an amazingly similar process to what just happened," Maddox said.

Maddox said that after that bond’s failure, he contacted then-superintendent Cindy Simms, and the two agreed to pull together 10 others to create an informal committee to identify issues within the school district and solutions, if appropriate.

Although the group was made up of those for and against the 1995 bond, Maddox said they were in agreement that the goal was to do what was best for the community's children and schools.

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"The goal wasn't in dispute and that made it a lot easier," Maddox said.

The group initially met without the support of the school board, which led the community to believe that the 10+2 committee was operating independently of the desires of the school board and district, Maddox said.

He said he's already heard there is a perception that the current steering committee is operating as a committee of the school district.

"This committee has a perception of being a function of the school board, that you're not separated enough," Maddox said. "That may not be true, but it's something to think about."

Maddox outlined the 10+2 committee's lengthy work and fielded questions from the steering committee about how the process ultimately led to a new bond measure, which easily passed.

The steering committee held a brief discussion about Maddox's presentation afterward and then moved on to other housekeeping tasks related to the committee's structure.

The group voted not to identify committee co-chairs yet, although they might at a future meeting, and members agreed to allow public comment during the meetings.

The committee also agreed that it would like to host some type of community meetings to gather feedback from the public in the coming weeks. Dates and locations for these events will be determined before the group's next meeting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 at the school district office boardroom.

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