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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Roaring Fork School District Re-1 Board of Education is expected to adopt a budget reduction plan for the 2011-12 school year when it holds the final in a series of budget planning sessions tonight.

The school board is scheduled to hear a report and recommendations on the budget from the district’s Interest-Based Bargaining group starting at 5:15 p.m. at the district office in Glenwood Springs.

Further discussion of the budget, including another opportunity for public comments, will begin at 6 p.m. That portion of the meeting will also be webcast live at two off-site locations in the school district, Carbondale Middle School and Basalt Elementary School.

Re-1 is considering between $3 million and $3.5 million in budget cuts for next year, including the possible elimination of up to 30 teaching positions. The cuts come as a result of a reduction in per-pupil funding from the state of Colorado that’s included in the proposed state budget for 2011-12.

The board may decide to spend reserve funds in order to prevent some teaching cuts for next year. That would likely be accompanied by a mill levy override proposal, which Re-1 voters would be asked to decide in the fall election.

In an effort to further reduce the potential for rockfall in Glenwood Canyon, the Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Yenter Companies will complete two days of rock scaling, using pry bars to bring rocks down by hand, over Interstate 70 just east of the Bair Ranch Rest Area.

The cost of this preventative maintenance work is $5,100.

Today and Thursday, motorists will encounter single-lane traffic in both directions near the work zone, as well as full traffic stops while rocks are brought down.

Crews will make every effort to keep these holds to 15 minutes or less, but delay time will depend upon safety, as well as traffic volumes and the time it takes to clear queues in each direction.

Traffic control will be set up for westbound lanes at 7 a.m. and for eastbound lanes at 8 a.m., and the work is likely to last until 7 p.m. each day.

A rockslide briefly closed Highway 82 near Buffalo Valley, about three miles south of Glenwood Springs, for about an hour early Tuesday.

Heavy rains in the area caused rocks to fall onto the eastbound and westbound lanes of the highway at 1:24 a.m. Some rocks were as large as a small car, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The center cement barrier was the only damage that occurred during the rock slide.

The Colorado Department of Transportation responded with a loader and removed the large rocks from the roadway to the right shoulder of westbound Highway 82, taking about one hour to clear the road.

The Colorado State Patrol would like to remind motorists that spring is the time of the year for rock slides in this area, and motorists should continue to watch for falling rocks.

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