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Roaring Fork school board director district adjustments proposed

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Roaring Fork Re-1 school board is considering options for redrawing the board member director district boundaries to adjust for population shifts in recent years.

“The district is required by statute to periodically study the population in each director district to ensure they are as balanced as possible,” Re-1 Assistant Superintendent Shannon Pelland explained in a memo to the school board for its Wednesday meeting.

The district worked with a consultant to study how population has changed within Roaring Fork Re-1, which takes in the communities of Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt and surrounding areas, and includes parts of three counties.

Three different scenarios are on the table for the Re-1 board to take action on at a Jan. 22 meeting in Basalt.

None of the options would affect any of the current five school board members, Re-1 Superintendent Diana Sirko said.

However, each of the options would result in some significant changes to the boundaries of director districts where future board candidates are required to reside in order to run for the school board.

Under the recommended scenario, the boundary for Director District D in Glenwood Springs, currently represented by Daniel Biggs of West Glenwood, would move south of Interstate 70 to take in the Red Mountain area, parts of the Midland Avenue corridor to 27th Street, and the downtown area east of Grand Avenue.

Director District C in Glenwood, now represented by Terry Lott Richardson, would still include the Glenwood Park area on south Midland where she lives, but would shift to the east and south to take in a large chunk of Spring Valley and Missouri Heights north of Carbondale.

Director District B, now represented by board president Matt Hamilton of Carbondale, would see the biggest change. Instead of all of Carbondale being in District B, the town would be split between Director District B and board member Richard Stettner’s District A.

District A would extend east and south of the Highway 82 corridor, while the Director District E, now represented by Bob Johnson of Basalt, would take in the areas north of Highway 82. That would include the majority of the town of Basalt and the Fryingpan Valley.

“One of the ideas was to have the district boundaries run more along the main arterials in the valley,” Sirko said.

The current district boundaries leap-frog back and forth across Highway 82.


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