Carbondale voices concerns about bond issue
In the past few years, the Roaring Fork School District has experienced increased teacher turnover, decreasing CSAP scores and complaints from parents about the administration.The town of Carbondale voiced concerns about the patchwork effect of new facilities in a proposed new $82.3 bond issue.Although the city would like to believe new facilities would improve Carbondale schools, Re-1 needs to validate the claim, said Carbondale Mayor Michael Hassig.”I think all of us would like to rally behind that concept,” Hassig said. “One of the two major issues people wanted to talk about when I was running for mayor was the workplace and education. People want to hear the larger context – what’s going on with the schools?”Education isn’t only about facilities, leadership or teachers but a combination of the three, Hassig said.To better explain the philosophy behind improved facilities and improved academic results, Sue Hakanson, Re-1 school board president, gave a brief history of Re-1’s strategic plan that’s been in place for seven years.Re-1 divided the strategic plan into six categories: Technology, student achievement, quality staff, facilities, funding and ELL.Goals, or actions, for each category were set to help with teacher retention, academic performance and compliance to state standards. In the first two years, 83 of the 126 actions were completed. “It’s been an amazing seven years when you think about that history,” said board treasurer Brad Zeigel.The district realizes upgraded facilities will not solve all of the district’s problems but has asked parents what their concerns are, Hakanson said. Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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