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Kremmling " West Grand School Board may ask voters for more money

Kremmling, Colorado ” After a decrease in student enrollment, the West Grand Board of Education had a preliminary discussion about asking district voters for a higher mill levy to help with funding at the Nov. 11 meeting.

In 1997, voters approved a tax override for $550,000, which paid for attracting and retaining first-rate staff, preserving small class size, expanding educational offering, counseling K-12 grades, extracurricular opportunities, and facility maintenance.

“That’s what we promised voters when we asked for the mill,” said Martha Schake, district financial officer.

The district could ask for about another $172,000.

The district also had a $47,000 cost of living override that will expire June 30, 2011.

The 2001 transportation override was for $77,000 and will end June 30, 2011. The district could ask for another $24,000 through an election.

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If the board decides to ask for additional mills in a future election before the override ending dates, it would take place in a future November election, according to Schake.

Remodel halted

Interim Superintendent Paul Reese recently found out that the district needs a state permit to remodel the school building next to the transportation department on Jackson Street in Kremmling.

So far, $8,000 has been spent on the remodel, and the district has $2,000 left budgeted for the project.

A teacher who was living at that building is now looking for an apartment. Reese said this is a hard time to move with the holidays and dead of winter around the corner.

The district decided that it would pay up to $700 a month to help the teacher with rent until the end of June. The teacher’s rent was free for the remodeling work he was doing as part of the agreement.

West Grand High Principal Philip Bonds said the district didn’t choose not to follow code and was told a permit was not necessary.

“I just wish that things would have worked out differently,” he said. “That’s kind of embarrassing.”

The board may look at ways to use the building in a nonresidential use instead. Reese said the community would be involved in the outcome.

Fire Restoration

Reese’s goal is to get students back into the West Grand High metal shop as soon as possible; the metal and wood shops were damaged in a mid-September school fire.

The amount of damage to the school is still being assessed, and improvements are ongoing. The district also has an $86,000 bid for asbestos removal, and about a $100,000 bid for electrical. Insurance has paid the district $100,000 so far and another check for another $100,000 is in the mail.

CASB helps district with superintendent search

West Grand School District will pay the Colorado Association of School Boards $7,000 to help the district with its superintendent search.

This fee includes: all facilitated meetings with the board; all focus groups and individual interviews and focus group reports; development and distribution of brochure; development and distribution of advertisements; sample press releases and letters; application management; contact and candidates; application recruitment; development of screening criteria for board approval; development of interview questions for board approval; counsel to board on screening and interview process; legal advice and contract review; notification of successful and unsuccessful candidates; facilitated development of first-year performance plan; board meetings as needed; and constant contact with board throughout the search process.

” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or klooby@grandcountynews.com.

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