GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Although some teachers in the Roaring Fork School District have requested transfers to Glenwood Springs Elementary School to be part of the Expeditionary Learning conversion, the district has not had a lot of requests for student transfers into the school.
“We thought we might have more interest, but we maybe had six last spring,” Roaring Fork Re-1 Superintendent Diana Sirko said.
GSES and district officials are prepared to handle any transfer requests, as well as to accommodate any requests for transfers out of the school, if that becomes necessary, she said.
“As we try to provide more choices and opportunities, we do want to be flexible,” Sirko said. “In most cases, if someone said they don’t agreed [with the EL approach], we would try to accommodate them.”
Complicating things is the fact that both GSES and the district’s other primary school in Glenwood Springs, Sopris Elementary School, are both closed to outside enrollments, because they are at or above optimal enrollment.
The Re-1 school board, when it agreed to the EL conversion, established a policy for student transfer requests to GSES from inside the school district. Those will be handled by lottery on a space-available basis after the first week of school.
The school will remain closed to student transfers from outside the school district, however. The only exceptions will be for children of district employees, and any younger siblings of students already attending GSES.
New GSES Principal Audrey Hazleton said the school will have an open-door policy when it comes to any parent questions as the EL transition begins.
That will include regular times for any questions and concerns, including a series of “principal chats” to help explain what EL is all about.
GSES is already expecting a larger kindergarten class this year, and has added an additional section as a result, Hazleton said.
Part of that increase is from the new Glenwood Green Apartments, which recently opened to tenants at the Glenwood Meadows, which is within the GSES attendance area.
“Every room we have in the building will have a class in it,” Hazleton said. At the same time, the school will be able to maintain class sizes of around 18 to 20 students, she said.
GSES ended last school year with about 540 students. Optimum capacity at the school is considered to be around 517 students, according to district officials.