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School board to discuss architect, school calendar, budget

Lu Snyder

FRISCO – Tonight the Summit School District board is expected to approve both the selection of an architect for the new Silverthorne elementary school and the final calendar for the 2002-’03 school year. School board officials also will begin preliminary discussions of next year’s budget.

The school board received 28 proposals from architects interested in building the new school in Silverthorne. Of the finalists who were chosen to give presentations to school officials, Oz-Boora was the unanimous choice of the facilities committee, said Superintendent Wes Smith.

Smith said Oz-Boora is a partnership of two architectural firms: Oz and Boora.

Oz is a Colorado firm with offices throughout the state, including one in Frisco, Smith said, and Boora, which he called “one of the best school architects in the country,” has done a lot of school and university work on the West Coast.

Additionally, Boora “brings tremendous experience in energy efficiency and educational programming,” Smith said.

The location of the school has yet to be determined – either in Silver Mountain or at the site of the current elementary – but Smith said he expects a decision from Silverthorne town officials by the end of June.

That final site will affect the design of the 61,000 square-foot building, and Smith said Oz-Boora already has initiated discussions about various site designs.

School officials also are expected to approve the final calendar for the next school year – although a copy of that calendar was not available by Tuesday evening.

Also on tonight’s agenda is preliminary discussion of the 2002/2003 school district budget of approximately $23.7 million in general funds.

According to the school’s preliminary budget overview, school officials expect a 1.4 percent increase in students next year; the funding attributable to new students is approximately $222,000.

Additionally, there is a 5.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment, which is estimated at $845,000.

Most funding for classroom and school programs comes from the schools’ general fund, but classroom support funding “has been supplemented by a voter-approved technology levy” last November. As a result, approximately $250 per student annually will be applied to student equipment, software, vocational technical programs and specialized teacher development.

The budget overview also indicates school officials plan to implement various education programs, including special education, literacy, gifted and talented, and an expansion of the full-day kindergarten to include Breckenridge and Frisco Elementary schools.

Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or

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