HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION IN OUR COMMUNITY IS AT RISK
Steamboat Springs School District has set the standard for education in Colorado. Ours is the ninth highest performing school district in the state, consistently recognized with a distinguished list of honors. Yet, overcrowding and insufficient compensation threaten the excellent education we currently enjoy.
A “Yes” vote on 4A, 4B, and4C is an investment in our students and teachers
Invest in Students:
Enrollment in our schools has been growing for the past 15 years. The closest we have to a crystal ball—all of the professional demographic projections done in the past several years—show that this trend will continue. While our schools are already bursting at the seams, families continue to move here and our schools will continue to serve them. Without a new school to relieve elementary and middle school capacity districtwide, class sizes will increase, additional detached exterior classroom trailers will be installed, common spaces will overflow, and hallways and closets will continue to be re-appropriated for learning.
Invest in Teachers/Staff:
Steamboat Springs is ranked fourth highest in the state and fifth highest small town in the country for cost of living. Steamboat Springs School District’s exceptional teachers and staff struggle to support themselves and their families—some simply cannot afford to keep a career in education. Yet, we cannot afford to see them go. It is time to increase their compensation to reflect the critical role they play in the success of our students, schools, and community.
Vote yes to maintain momentum for excellent education in Steamboat
Vote yes to ensure students in Steamboat continue to have a competitive advantage
Vote yes because waiting has costly consequences
Vote yes for a comprehensive, long-term solution that ticks every box:
✓adds new features to every school
✓expands capacity to adequately serve students
✓offers maximum flexibility for the future
✓puts students first!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW!
OUR SCHOOLS ARE OVERCROWDED
Despite our small size and mountain location, students in Steamboat have always had a competitive edge. However, that is at risk. Lack of space is a barrier to expanding academic, elective, extracurricular, and athletic programs. The fear of missing out may soon turn to actually missing out. There simply is no more space for the laboratories, robotics rooms, and art and music spaces that are becoming the standard in schools across the country.
THIS IS THE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE PLAN
The longer we wait to build a new school, the more it will cost Steamboat taxpayers, as Colorado — especially the Western Slope — is experiencing a double-digit escalation in annual construction costs. If postponed a year or two, the $52.5 million PK–8 school will likely cost taxpayers $5 million to $10 million more.
A PACKAGE OF PROJECTS
The proposed new PK–8 school and priority projects work together. Without a new school to redistribute enrollment, existing construction plans at the current elementary schools and middle school will not address overcrowding or allow us to expand academic, elective, extracurricular, and athletic programs.