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2018-2019 Annual Report

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2018-2019 Annual Report

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Message from the Executive Director Again, I have the opportunity to reflect back on the previous school year. It was full of happiness and achievement, but was severely challenged by the loss of Sancy Shaw, our 5-6 crew teacher. Our school—from staff to students—grieved, loved and tried to heal; opened our doors to community, caregivers, counselors and others, and pledged to move forward in such a way to make Sancy proud of each of us. In other words: WE ARE CREW!! We continue to track against our 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. A few highlights: • Academic achievement remains strong. • We are on track to eliminate our debt without dipping into reserves. • Operational improvements are constantly made as issues arrive or we see an opportunity to be more efficient or effective. • Our middle-school experience and curriculum has become so enhanced that we are actually seeing students transfer to NRCCS during their middle school years rather than seeing losses in enrollment during those years! One element of our strategic plan was to become a mentor EL school. The board and school leadership are reevaluating the cost and benefit of gaining that status. Large schools have the capacity and economies of scale to successfully run a mentorship program—but smaller schools find it more difficult. Regardless of our decision, we will remain an EL Education school. It continues to be an honor to serve our student base and see them grow, learn from mistakes, become resilient and begin to develop into respectful, compassionate and curious adults. Thank you for the opportunity to serve. Yours in Education, Brandon LaChance, Executive Director/Principal

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From the Board President Thank you for the opportunity to serve the community and NRCCS. It’s a unique school and we take joy in seeing its growth and its part in developing young people into successful adults. On behalf of the NRCCS board, I thank you for the resources you’ve so graciously whether it was financial support, your talents and energy, or your attention to y return, I hope you honor the school’s teachers, administrators and staff membe committed to the success of your student and help create an environment of acade building and leadership. One last note: the community passed a mill levy override last year to fund the maintenance of our school facility and campus. We have used those funds to maximum benefit and will continue to ensure we don’t let our resources deteriorate and we provide a safe and secure environment for learning. This year, there might be a bond issue on the ballot—this bond will include the construction of a community gym and additional classrooms on the NRCCS property. This project will represent a very small portion of the bond, but it means the world to us and our community. Thank you, Nissa Brodman, President Teresa Van Orden, Vice President John Piret, Secretary/Treasurer Kim Smith, Director Katie Carroll, Director

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By the Numbers Fundraising School Numbers 94 K-8 students 21 Full and part-time staff members 75% % of 8th graders who matriculated to high school this past year and made 9th grade honor role 99.8% Average attendance rate 3-9 Average number of days committed to fieldwork trips (grade dependent) 5 Number of enrichment options for grades 5-8 2 hours Amount of art instruction for each student each week Annual BBQ: $21,000 Annual Giving: $33,000 General Donations: $10,000

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Financial Transparency Financials: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 REVENUES Per Pupil Revenue $ 831,866 Fees $ 72,026 Fundraising/Donations $ 82,497 Grants and Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board $ 129,162 State Capital Construction and Capital Mill Levy Override $ 59,794 TOTAL REVENUES $ 1,175,345 EXPENSES Instructional Services $ 673,557 Supporting Services $ 255,102 Facilities and Bus Services $ 165,372 Debt Reduction $ 55,794 TOTAL EXPENDITURES $ 1,149,673 CUMULATIVE FUND BALANCE at July 1, 2019 $ 178,749 BEST Grant Required by State $ 63,700 Unreserved Surplus $ 114,908

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Major Donors for the School Year Sponsoring Donor ($15,000) Anonymous $1,000-$5,000 Sunshine Owens Susan Marshall/Rick Gardner Entelco Foundation Mary C. Blalock $250-$999 Anonymous (3) Fernanda Peterson Gael and Jay Fetcher Kaden Graham Linas Vaitkus Marcia Wakeman Peter Kurtz Ross and Melanie Walker The Heid Family Tim & Nissa Brodman Todd Zuccone/ Evolution Powersports $100-$250 Anonymous (6) Christa Kline Darren Zamzow Douglas Tumminello Jane Jelenko Kaden Graham Karla Setter Katie Carroll Kim Smith Leslie Lovejoy Mickey Badaracca Melisse Tonge Nicole and John Piret Pat and Lisa Lai Peggy Kapisovsky & Mark Farrow Pinky Downs Raper family Rebecca Dybas-Nicholson Steve and Patty Warnke The LaChance family VanKirk family Wes and Sheila Fountain Less than $100 Anonymous (4) Amy Cook-Olson and Jeffrey Olson Barbara and Mike Hughes Brad and Sarah Boatright Colorado Group Realty Dana Morton and Jeffrey Bohlen Deb Ginesta Elissa Greene Go Alpine Heather Yeager Jimmy and Kristina Stouffer John and Nancy Chapple Katie K. Lyssa and James Lewis Mark and Barbara LaChance Molly Lotz Reilley family Toni Klohr Memorials Ben Zamzow Dave Moss Ron and Donna Trollinger In Honor of Charley and Finn Lodwick Novella Light Susan Marshall

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Special Achievements Libby Meyring was selected as “Teacher of the Year” for the entire Steamboat Springs School District. As an instructional coach she is critical to our academic success at all levels and has been a key leader for NRCCS. This past year, she voluntarily jumped in to help plan for school re-opening in January without Sancy Shaw, taught some of Sancy’s classes, worked with students struggling with the loss of a respected teacher, and was a stabilizing force among the staff—all while continuing her instructional duties. Thank you, Libby, for being part of our Crew! If you see Libby, please give her thanks for all she does. Our goal of restructuring the teaching salary schedule this year was completed: we’ve been able to raise our base salary by almost 7%, to $35,000. The next two years we will add $500 to the base salary each year. Additionally, we’ve institutionalized performance awards for all teachers—based on parent input and special achievements/performance recognized by the school. We will always be challenged with paying as much as the District does, but we’ve tried to make our school a place that rewards teachers in many ways: we’ve doubled their “planning time” and created an environment for them to be autonomous, creative and look beyond our four walls in service of our students. Call it “icing on the cake.” This past year we added Erin Walker as an art instructor so that each student receives art instruction two hours/week thanks to a Steamboat Springs Education Fund. It was such a success that we went in search of another grant; in 2019-2020 all students will receive art instruction four hours/week Much of the art work produced in this program is hung inside NRCCS. Starting in July 2018, we also hired a full-time facilities manager, Mike Alfieri, and have seen that additional expense more than offset—lower propane bills, repair of failing mechanical components rather than experiencing more expensive and unexpected outages, identifying and installing additional security features within the school and faster response to issues identified by teachers in their classrooms. As our primary bus driver, he’s also enhanced bus safety and he has exhibited excellent student management while on bus routes!

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Join Our Annual Giving Program Automatic Monthly Donations Simplify your contribution by signing up for automatic donations by using End of Year Contributions Gifts are welcome year-round. Consider participating prior to 12/31 to take advantage of end-of-year deductions. Extended Family and Friends Donations Invite grandparents and other family members to invest in NRCCS. Donations can be made online at or by check directly to the school’s address below. Contact Us 26690 Eagle Lane Clark, Colorado 80428 Phone: 970.871.6062 Email: Web: