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St. Vrain Budget Shortfall

Report from Peter Maguire to Mary Keenan
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5/15/2003
District on track to meet June deadlines

LONGMONT — After scrounging for options since November, the St. Vrain Valley School District is anticipating it will have enough in Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights reserves by June 30, the required deadline.
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5/15/2003
Auditing firm offers ‘comfort,’ experience

LONGMONT — The St. Vrain Valley Board of Education agreed to hire the accounting firm Grant Thornton, LLP, as its independent financial auditor Wednesday night during a board meeting.
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5/14/2003
Zila to present budget proposal to St. Vrain

LONGMONT — A budget and an auditor are two of the few remaining pieces left as the St. Vrain Valley School District works to complete a financial puzzle that has left officials scratching their heads since November’s revelation of a $13.8 million deficit.
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5/14/2003
St. Vrain teachers hanging in there

LONGMONT — Few St. Vrain teachers appear to be deserting the district’s classrooms and their students despite a year that included forced pay cuts, a state bailout and widespread public scorn.
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5/13/2003
Practices worth $4.5M to St. Vrain since ’93

LONGMONT — Since 1993, he has nagged St. Vrain Valley School District employees to turn off the lights, turn down the heat and shut down computers at the end of the day.
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5/13/2003
Driver steps down as financial consultant

Many viewed him as a knight in shining armor when he returned to the St. Vrain Valley School District in November to help it sort through its multimillion-dollar financial mess.
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5/1/2003
Hobson sentenced in felony theft case

BOULDER — Former St. Vrain Valley School District secretary Dawn Hobson was sentenced Wednesday to two weekends in prison, 300 hours of community service and three years probation after pleading guilty in February to felony theft charges.
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5/1/2003
Overpriced Xeroxs axed

LONGMONT — A pair of Titanic-sized copiers is getting the heave-ho by the floundering St. Vrain Valley School District.
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4/29/2003
Suit prompts changes to contracts

LONGMONT — School district officials say they intend to revamp employment contract policies in light of statements that the St. Vrain Valley School District’s former top business official intends to sue for being fired last week.
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4/26/2003
Altered school -loan plan approved

DENVER — A bill proposing major changes in the state treasurer’s interest-free loan program for school districts got final Senate approval Friday.
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4/25/2003
Kirkland to sue district

LONGMONT — Ken Kirkland, who was officially fired by the St. Vrain Valley School District on Wednesday night, said Thursday afternoon that he will sue the district for breach of contract.
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4/25/2003
Copier to be included in probe

BOULDER — A criminal probe into possible financial wrongdoing at St. Vrain Valley schools has been extended to include scrutiny of an $11,000-a-month photocopier that district officials say they never needed.
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