Re-1 gives school calendar preliminary approval |

Re-1 gives school calendar preliminary approval

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Roaring Fork School Board took steps at Wednesday’s regular board meeting to set a new school calendar for the next two years.

The calendar was approved on first reading, but will need to go through two more readings before it receives final approval.

With the new calendar, the school year would begin a few days before Labor Day in the fall, and end on June 1, according to school board president Sue Hakanson. Spring break would fall during the last week of March.

The 2003-2004 school year began the day after Labor Day, and will end on May 27. Spring break was held March 22-29.

Hakanson said the calendar has gone through “several lengthy discussions” with district leadership teams and the superintendent’s advisory committee.

The new calendar’s second reading will be held at Re-1’s next board meeting on April 28.

Funding OK’d for mock trial team

School board members also approved $5,000 to support the Glenwood Springs High School Mock Trial Team. Completing a three-year sweep, the team won the state championship March 5-7 in Golden. They’re headed to the national championships May 6-9 in Orlando, Fla.

The school board’s $5,000 is part of a matching grant from the Colorado Bar Association, which is also providing $5,000 to the team.

“What this team has done on a national scale is absolutely incredible,” Hakanson said.

Hakanson said the district sets aside funds for academic clubs competing in national competitions. Hakanson said the board felt the achievements of the team warranted this support.

“I am so proud of them,” said Hakanson.

In other action, the school board:

– Honored Re-1 staff members and teachers who were awarded summer staff development stipends with a reception prior to the start of the meeting.

– Discussed a request from YouthZone to increase funding from $2,000 to $5,000. Re-1 finance director Shannon Pelland, YouthZone director Debbie Wilde and resource center directors will meet regarding this funding.

– Discussed a draft agreement for the proposed roundabout at Four Mile and Airport roads. Hakanson said the school district is waiting for the city of Glenwood Springs and Garfield County to reach final agreement on the roundabout.

– Moved forward with plans to videotape upcoming community meetings April 20-22 regarding school district building planning.

Steve Kaufman of Access Roaring Fork, a nonprofit communications company, will tape the meetings and distribute them to the local cable Channel 16 for public viewing. Future taping of regular board meetings will be determined following these broadcasts.

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518

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