New Riverview School to have dual-language program
The Roaring Fork School District has settled on the name and educational program for the new pre-kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school that’s being built on the district’s Eastbank property south of Glenwood Springs.
Riverview School, as it will be called, is on track to open for the 2017-18 school year with an emphasis on project-based, dual-language teaching that will be designed to integrate “real-world learning” and the arts.
District officials have already established an enrollment policy that will make Riverview a school of choice for students outside its established attendance area, based on space availability and other criteria.
The new, $34 million school is part of the district’s $122 million bond issue package approved by voters last year to address overcrowding in Glenwood Springs schools and facility needs across the district.
Riverview will serve the population centers along the Colorado 82 corridor between Glenwood and Cattle Creek, including the West Bank and Ironbridge neighborhoods, several mobile home parks near the Garfield County Roads 114 and 154 intersections, and subdivisions in the Spring Valley area.
Riverview Principal Adam Volek, who has been on the job helping to plan the school since June, and representatives from the 35-member school advisory team presented their recommendations to the school board on Dec. 14.
The group reviewed survey feedback from over 300 community members and worked for two months to develop the recommendations.
In addition to the school name and programming, the school mascot was recommended as either the ospreys or the hawks, with the school colors being green, blue and silver. The final mascot decision will be left up to students when they arrive next August.
“The riverside site where the school resides and ease of access to the local community ensures unique experiential learning opportunities in health and wellness, and outdoor environmental education,” according to the advisory group’s recommendations.
Student character development will focus on an “inclusive environment” using the crew approach that has been adopted in all RFSD schools and comes from the Expeditionary Learning model.
“The board works for the community, and this has been a community-driven process, so we want to support the direction the community is suggesting,” Roaring Fork Schools Superintendent Rob Stein said in a statement issued after the board decision. “I can attest that these recommendations align to our strategic plan, vision, and mission.”
Volek said the advisory group has remained committed, spending two hours every week for two months working on the recommendations and plans for the new school.
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The family of Rosie Ferrin has worked to clean up and make safe again the old schoolhouse in downtown New Castle. Ferrin died this summer and had owned the building that included classrooms turned into apartments for years.