Re-1, city ink plan on housing impacts
Roaring Fork School District Re-1 has been acquiring parcels of land from Glenwood Springs residential developers over the past year. Now, the district can receive cash in lieu of land through an agreement with the city of Glenwood Springs. Shannon Pelland, Roaring Fork Re-1’s district finance director, reported during the district’s board meeting on Sept. 11 that the Glenwood Springs City Council agreed to adopt the new formula. It allows the district to collect money instead of land from residential developers. The district and council figured how much land or money must be deeded for public school use based on a student-per-residence formula. “We determine that each single-family residence yields half a student,” said Pelland. “We then determine how many students each development will yield.” Using this formula, the district is able to devise an acreage-per-student figure for each residential development.Pelland explained that in order to come up with a fee in lieu of land, the district multiplies the acreage needed for the number of students from a development times the cost of land per acre.The district and council agreed on a price cap of $110,000 per acre in Glenwood Springs. Pelland said the two entities agreed on a cap since high-priced multi-use developments, which combine commercial and residential uses, were being unfairly charged. “That was never our intent,” Pelland said. Pelland said the district realized the need for a fee in lieu of land over the last year because some developments simply weren’t large enough to yield a usable parcel of land.”Now we can ask for fees in lieu of land, then pool that money together to purchase school campus sites,” she said. Roaring Fork Re-1 intends to make similar fee agreements with every town and county within the district.At last Wednesday’s regular meeting, the board also:-Discussed capital reserve projects, such as asphalt repair, roof replacement, traffic mitigation and fire detection, being completed this year. Projects will be addressed on a rotating basis from campus to campus, with a priority of safety first, then capital maintenance, and finally, improvements. -Adopted a new longevity and performance increase in salary for classified staff, which provides financial incentives for every five years of service based on satisfactory or commendable evaluations.-Committed to give community presentations regarding the upcoming term limits ballot question for board members.-Agreed to a one-year extension of the 10-year office space lease to YouthZone. -Listened as superintendent Fred Wall reported there will be a follow-up public meeting at 4 p.m. on Oct. 7 with Carbondale Elementary School parents, teachers, administrators and board members regarding Carbondale’s public schools. The initial meeting on Sept. 9 centered on CSAP scores, second-language teachers, teacher salaries, staff housing and curriculum. -Agreed to meet with the town of Basalt trustees on Sept. 24 to discuss developing affordable housing on the Basalt High School site, and joint use of the facilities. The next regular Roaring Fork Re-1 board meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 25, at the District Office, 1405 Grand Ave., in Glenwood Springs.
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