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Carbondale Community School gets OK for enrollment increase

Carbondale Community School received approval from the Roaring Fork School District board of education for a 15 percent increase in enrollment. The school is increasing enrollment from 117 students to 135 in the next three years, said Skye Skinner, executive director of Compass, an educational nonprofit that oversees CCS.With more kids comes more state funds, which should help stabilize the school’s finances, Skinner said. Though CCS does hold fund-raisers, most of its funding comes from the state in the form of per-pupil funds, at $6,200 per student, Skinner said. To make room for more students, CCS will expand its building, Skinner said. If everything goes well, CCS would like to expand the fifth- through eighth-grade classrooms by next spring, she said. First through fourth would expand the following year. The reason in starting with in the upper grades is logical: Bigger kids need bigger spaces, she said. CCS will balance its need to grow, with its educational philosophy of small classes and one-on-one instruction, Skinner said.Compass also runs the Aspen Community School and the Early Childhood Center and Wyly Community Art Center in Woody Creek. A difference of 30 miles, incidentally, makes a big difference in school funding. Whereas CCS receives $6,200 per student from the state, Aspen Community School receives $7,800 per student, said Jill Steindler, Compass’ comptroller.Other Re-1 news: The school district has added a construction news link to its Web site at http://www.rfsd.k12.co.us/. The link currently has updates on each of Re-1’s construction projects as well as a construction-related meeting schedule.The site also has links to two survey’s sponsored by RTA Architects, the firm designing the new Glenwood Springs High School. The first survey is for GSHS parents, students and staff to complete with input about the current high school. The second is open to anyone, and is operational until April 4, when it will be discontinued.The school board also discussed its stance on changing plans to buy commercial property to expand GSHS. The board’s plan is, and always has been, to expand GSHS into commercial property. Recently that plan has drawn criticism, but board members say they’ve examined every possibility. “Everything (RTA) looked at and talked about requires 20 acres,” said superintendent Fred Wall.The expansion onto current commercial property will take GSHS from 14 acres to 20. The district is firm in its decision to move forward – “I wouldn’t even consider another solution,” said board member Brad Zeigel – but that doesn’t mean the board won’t listen. “We’re always willing to listen” said board president Susan Hakanson, but the board won’t change its position. Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 520rgraff@postindependent.com


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