Re-1 looking for high school site
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The main challenge in Glenwood Springs for the Roaring Fork School District is finding a new site for the city’s high school, says the superintendent of schools.Fred Wall said the district won’t need to build a new high school for at least five years, but district officials want to decide on a high school site within the next two years. Wall explained the search for a new site during a work session Thursday evening with the Re-1 board and the Glenwood Springs City Council at City Hall. About 700 students attend Glenwood Springs High School, which sits on 14 acres just off of Grand Avenue. The school district isn’t growing, and counted a decrease of about 120 students this year.Still, school board members told city council the school has outgrown its current site. The district anticipates a future high school should be built for up to 1,200 students. “We’re looking 50 years into the future,” said Re-1 school board member Pete Delaney of Basalt. “I’m afraid the current high school site just doesn’t cut it.”Board member Bruce Matherly said the council and school board have an obligation to work together to make the right decision. “We didn’t have the conversation we’re having right now with the town of Basalt when that high school went up,” said Matherly. “And now, the high school is driving the town’s development. I would think we’d want to avoid that here.”Wall encouraged City Council members to join the district’s planning committee now forming, and invited the council to attend the planning project’s kick-off next month. That will introduce the district’s master planning project for school campuses for the next five to 10 years. The event is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, at the district office in Glenwood Springs. Call the district office at 384-6000 for information.The council and school board also discussed the roundabout project at the junction of Four Mile and Airport road. City manager Mike Copp said roundabout construction should start “the day after school is out” and will be completed by Labor Day. He said the school board has granted easements in exchange for the city’s completion of Sopris Elementary School’s ballfields.Larry Thompson, Glenwood Springs city engineer, said crews adjusted the city’s new pump house in the Roaring Fork River, which should now provide high-quality raw river water to the fields. He anticipated sod being laid by the end of April or the beginning of May, in time for summer recreation programs.At the work session, the school board and city council also:-Agreed to split the salary and benefit costs of the city’s two school resource police officers who currently work at Glenwood’s public schools during the school year. -Discussed naming the Sopris ballfields. Re-1 board president Robin Garvik confirmed with the council that the school district would have the final say on naming the new fields since they are on school district property. The names “Raw Water Fields” and “Strawberry Fields” were mentioned as possibilities. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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