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!