Re-1 board revisits interrogation policy
An interrogation policy, superintendent candidates’ names and boundary changes between Sopris and Glenwood Springs elementary schools are all part of a full slate of issues the Roaring Fork School District board will take up at its Wednesday night meeting. About halfway through the meeting, board members will announce the names of the candidates vying to replace retiring Superintendent Fred Wall. As of Feb. 27, 11 candidates were seeking the position, most of them from other states. It’s still unknown if there are any candidates from within RFSD.The board will also take a first look at boundary changes between Glenwood’s two elementary schools, an issue which must come before the board multiple times it can be approved. The adjustments will affect about 96 students and are being proposed to accommodate growth in Glenwood Springs and balance out the student populations at both schools, making use of eight new classrooms at Sopris Elementary. RFSD held a sparsely attended open house about the issue at Sopris Elementary last week.The district’s new interrogation policy will get a second reading Wednesday, the second of three board hearings the policy must get before board members can approve it. The proposed policy sailed through its first board hearing Feb. 22.Though the board may consider changes suggested by a parent, Wall said the policy is required by law, and the version the board considered in February was suggested by the Colorado Association of School Boards. The proposed policy allows an administrator or another school official to search a student if the official has grounds to believe that the student possesses contraband or has violated the law. A student’s failure to cooperate with school officials who want to conduct a search will be grounds for disciplinary action under the proposal. It also allows for lockers, desks and other school-owned storage areas to be randomly searched at any time. Parents, the proposal says, shall be notified of the search “as soon as reasonably possible.”Strip searching is not allowed under the proposal. The policy also says that when police ask to question students during school, the principal or other school official must be present during the questioning. If the student is under 18, the student’s parent must also be present. Board members Wednesday will also address updates on other policies, including those governing network computing, the staff dress code, professional staff recruiting, staff personal security and safety and public e-mail records. The board meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the RFSD administration building in Glenwood Springs.
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