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GSPI seeks candidates for editorial board The Post Independent is accepting applications from residents who want to serve a six-month term on the paper’s editorial board. The paper’s editorial board forms the opinions for the editorials that appear on the paper’s commentary pages. Two citizens will join five of the paper’s staff members on the editorial board. The board meets once per week, and the positions begin in January. Interested residents can contact managing editor Thomas Martinez at 945-8515, ext. 517, or by e-mail at:tmartinez@postindependent.com. Re-1 School Districtteam to present atstate and national levelsState education officials said the Roaring Fork School District is a leader in developing and sharing best practices in standards-based education, and now a team from the district will share its local expertise at both the state and national level.Roaring Fork educators will discuss “Implementing a Standards-based Approach at the High School” on Thursday and Friday in Denver at the statewide winter leadership conference of the Colorado Association of School Executives. The presenters will include assistant superintendent Judy Haptonstall, instructional facilitator Paula Marr and high school principals Lyn Bair, Wendy Moore, Jim Waddick and Mike Wells.”The changes and programs that we are implementing really are where other high schools are going to be in five years,’ Glenwood Springs High School principal Wells said. “We’ve changed our system profoundly where the focus now is on achieving a level of proficiencies, and that often involves relearning, reteaching and reassessing.”In April, Haptonstall, Marr, Wells and GSHS science teacher Mike Wilde will present again at the ninth annual national meeting on standards and assessments at the National School Conference Institute meeting in Las Vegas.United Way has a good dayFresh snow, sunshine and a lot of community generosity created perfect conditions last week for Sunlight Mountain Resort’s Skier Appreciation Day.Through support from corporate sponsors LaFarge, EnCana, Post Independent and KMTS, $10,000 was raised for the United Way of Garfield County. Sunlight Mountain Resort donated the proceeds from $10 ski lift tickets to benefit the 23 nonprofit agencies that the United Way supports. “Everyone had a great time,” said Sheila Maurer, marketing director of Sunlight Mountain Resort and event coordinator. “We couldn’t have asked for a better ski day from Mother Nature.”Skier Appreciation Day raised nearly $6,300 last year.”Recently, fund-raising has been a real challenge for United Way and its agencies,” said United Way director Leslie Robinson. “So, to increase skier participation by almost 40 percent from last year is spectacular. Plus, LaFarge stepped forward to make sure we would meet ‘in-our-dreams’ goal of $10,000.” If you would like to send in a donation, please mail it to P.O. Box 1406, Rifle 81650 or call 625-8189 or refer to the United Way Web page atwww.unitedwayofgarfieldcounty.org.


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