Steamboat Springs Voters Pass 3C and 3D
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On Tuesday, November 7, 2017 voters in Steamboat Springs passed issues 3C and 3D: a seven-year, $12.9 million bond and an ongoing mill levy.
“With the generous support of our taxpayers, the district will be able to make basic improvements to our facilities, including roof replacements, HVAC for Steamboat Springs Middle School, and renovations to Gardner Field,” said Steamboat Springs School District (SSSD) Superintendent Brad Meeks. “The ongoing mill levy will allow us to promptly address deferred maintenance and future capital construction maintenance projects going forward.”
The school district is hoping to build on the momentum of the positive vote by forming a set of advisory committees to tackle looming issues, like growing enrollment, overcrowding, larger class sizes, and a lack of space for expanding specials like art, music, physical education, and athletics. The committees will be made up of students, teachers, building administrators, parents, and community members. The application period for advisory committee members opens on Wednesday and closes on November 30, 2017. Committee members will be notified about their participation in January 2018.
“The Community Committee for Education started this work and has been instrumental in identifying issues in and beyond those represented on the November ballot ,” said Meeks. “Over the next year, we will continue to explore the Committee’s ideas as we create a long-term and comprehensive infrastructure plan that is tied to our strategic plan.”
The school district wishes to express its thanks for the votes that were cast and for the support articulated for our schools by a number of organizations and individuals, through editorials and letters to the editor.
“Today, we are celebrating the value our community places on safety, student success, transparency, and longevity in the Steamboat Springs School District,” Meeks said.
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Frequently Asked Questions about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - April 3, 2017
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The school district has had questions and concerns brought to our attention by staff and families regarding enforcement procedures by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), particularly at our schools. Please review the attached letter regarding frequently asked questions and information available on the website of the Department of Homeland Security.
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On Monday night, we heard public comment from parents who voiced concerns about Steamboat Springs High School. It is important to us that those parents know that their concerns were heard. We recognize and admire the courage it takes to come before the board of education, in a public setting, and talk about painful and personal issues. Our policy states that we do not respond to comments made during the public comment period. We abided by this on Monday, but want to be clear that we are taking action. Since the meeting, we have each individually spoken with the superintendent about a plan to address the concerns that were brought forward. Dr. Meeks is in the process of meeting with parents and students and cooperating closely with Advocates of Routt County. He will report back to us and to the wider community, but as is required by law he will not be able to discuss any individual student matters. As a school board, we are deeply committed to student safety. It is important to all of us that our students are in environments that allow them to thrive in all ways. We are determined to address concerns and call for the necessary changes to improve the high school experience where improvements are needed. The board of education will be scheduling a special workshop on Wednesday, December 18th to hear an update from school district personnel on how they are beginning to address concerns.
Dear Steamboat Springs School District Families:
I want to assure all of our families that we take allegations of violations of student safety (sexual and otherwise) very seriously. As mandatory reporters, we are obligated by law to report known or suspected incidents of child abuse and/or neglect to the Steamboat Springs Police Department.
The reason you may not hear about incidents of child abuse and/or neglect and our response to them, is that there are strict rules about confidentiality, particularly related to minors. Another reason is because these instances are rare. However, just because they are rare doesn’t in any way diminish the importance of dealing with child abuse and/or neglect when it occurs. In fact, it makes our response, and efforts to proactively ensure student safety every day, all that more important. Recognizing the sensitivity around the topic, and with great empathy and understanding for victims and the reasons they tend not to report, we encourage anyone who has been victimized to contact the Steamboat Springs Police Department immediately. Should a school or district staff member be alerted to child abuse and/or neglect, we will (and are required by law to) inform law enforcement right away. Other agencies such as Advocates of Routt County are also available to support victims and their families through the reporting process. As superintendent, student safety is my first priority. Some parents expressed concerns with the culture and climate of the high school at the school board meeting on Monday night. That any student would not feel comfortable reporting inappropriate behavior of which they are victims or witnesses to is unacceptable. We take these allegations seriously and are looking into them. I am inviting each of the parents who spoke on Monday night to meet with me personally. Additionally, we are fully supportive of Advocates for Routt County’s efforts to work with high school families this winter to ensure that our students feel safe. We are committed to cooperating and closely collaborating with them and the Steamboat Springs High School community in these efforts. Sincerely, Brad Meeks