Low turnout at GSES boundary meeting | PostIndependent.com

Low turnout at GSES boundary meeting

Even though the proposed boundary changes between Sopris and Glenwood Springs Elementary schools could potentially affect 98 children, only three parents showed up at an informational meeting about the changes Wednesday night.Roaring Fork School District is proposing the change to accommodate growth in Glenwood Springs and balance out the student populations at both schools, making use of eight new classrooms at Sopris Elementary. The change will affect students living west of the Roaring Fork River and south of 22nd Street. But while parents Maria and Robbie Heuschkel suggested the Sopris Elementary boundaries be shifted north of 22nd Street and each school’s attendance area remain as close to the school building as possible to maintain “community” schools, Superintendent Fred Wall said the proposed changes are best because they most effectively balance the demographics at both schools. And because Colorado is an “open enrollment” state, parents can send their kids to either school no matter where they live, as long as there is room in the school they choose, Wall said. If students attend class outside of their assigned school, parents must provide transportation, or students must walk. Wall said the boundaries will have to be revisited four years or so from now after housing at Glenwood Meadows is built and more people move into the area. Sopris Elementary Principal Howard Jay said that five years from now, Glenwood may need a third elementary school, probably in West Glenwood. The RFSD school board must approve the boundary changes before they are official. Maps of the proposed changes are available at both elementary schools.

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