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New bilingual website for Roaring Fork schools unveiled

A new Roaring Fork School District website that includes information in both English and Spanish went live recently, part of a larger effort to enhance communications with parents and the general public about Roaring Fork Re-1 schools.

Developed by the district’s new Information Technology Director Jeff Gatlin, the redesigned website features better user navigation compared to the former website.

It’s also easier to view on smart phones and computer tablets, and has far more content than the old site, both for outside users and internally for district staff, said Diana Sirko, superintendent of Roaring Fork schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.

Users can also chose to view it in either English or Spanish.

“With 5,000 families districtwide, it is critical that our website gives us a platform to talk about the accomplishments of our students and staff, as well as provide essential information to our families.”
Diana Sirko
Re-1 superintendent

“I want to congratulate Jeff and his team for creating an excellent new user-friendly website,” Sirko said in a recent news release.

The website redesign was one of several recommendations made after an audit of the school district’s public communications efforts, which has been a topic of criticism over the years.

“With 5,000 families districtwide, it is critical that our website gives us a platform to talk about the accomplishments of our students and staff, as well as provide essential information to our families,” Sirko said. “We are excited to make that first step, and all within the boundaries of a very small budget.”

She said the website helps to improve transparency in the district, and elevates the district’s online presence outside the community for those who want to learn more about Re-1 schools.

The new district website design and navigation is also being used as Gatlin works to assist each of the district’s 12 schools create new websites with a unified look.

A new, shorter district website address is also easier to remember, http://www.rfschools.com.


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