Approval of 3A and 3B keeps Re-1 folks busy
The work never stops for the folks at Roaring Fork School District Re-1.After working to get ballot questions 3A and 3B on Tuesday’s ballot and campaigning on the questions’ behalf, the district and citizen committees are already working hard again. Voters approved ballot question 3A, a $1.8 million mill levy, 66.48 percent to 33.52 percent. They also approved question 3B, an $86 million bond, 58.69 percent to 41.31 percent.”We’ll get started right away,” said RE-1 superintendent Fred Wall. “Salary negotiations start on Monday.””OK, we did this,” said Denise Moss, a parent of two Re-1 students and co-chair of Citizens for Investing in Roaring Fork School District Kids. “Now let’s get back to the business of giving our kids the best education we can.”Citizen committees that will help design additions to existing schools and plan for new schools will start meeting next week as well, said Moss. County by county, 3A and 3B passed as Moss had expected, with more voters approving the questions further up-valley. Voters in Eagle County approved 3A 72.5 percent to 27.5. In Pitkin County 65.91 percent approved the measure; 34.08 percent did not. And in Garfield County 63.83 percent approved 3A and 32.19 percent did not. The breakdown was the same for question 3B with more voters in Eagle County approving the question than in either Pitkin or Garfield. In Eagle 3B passed 66.29 percent to 33.7 percent. In Pitkin it passed 61.05 percent to 38.94. And in Garfield 3B passed 55.39 percent to 38.98 percent. Though citizens groups will have input into what shape the schools take, Re-1 already has big plans, including a two-story, $34.2 million addition to Glenwood Springs High School, a new high school in Carbondale, and a half-wing addition to Basalt High School, as well as completion of BHS’s athletic fields.With the success of the ballot questions, “all the things that we laid out will be the things that happen,” said Susan Hakanson, Re-1 school board president. With the success of the ballot questions, “all the things that we laid out will be the things that happen,” said Susan Hakanson, Re-1 school board president.
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