Re-1 looks elsewhere for bus barn site
Opponents of Re-1’s planned bus barn continue to breathe a collective sigh of relief after the district suspended any action on a contract to buy land near the Lion’s Ridge development.”I’m just glad a voice was heard more than anything else,” said Marty Schlein, who lives near the proposed bus barn site on the north side of County Road 100 and Highway 82.”We’re cautiously delighted,” said another nearby resident, Kirstin Goth. “When they find another spot we’ll be really delighted.”Goth may get her wish. The district is “very actively” looking at alternative sites, said Re-1 school board chairwoman Susan Hakanson. Despite suspending action on the land contract, the board has not promised it will be able to find a suitable alternative. Lion’s Ridge residents strongly criticized the district’s plan for a bus barn in their neighborhood and said they felt the district was trying to sneak it in.The district wasn’t trying to sneak anything in and tries “to be as very open about our process as we legally can be,” Hakanson said. The district would like to find an area between Basalt and Carbondale for a single bus barn to replace barns in those two towns, but may find opponents everywhere, Hakanson said.”Hopefully they can find someplace that doesn’t peeve anybody off,” Schlein said. Phone problemsPhones went down throughout the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 for the second time in a month and a half Wednesday night. On Thursday all callers who dialed the district got a busy signal. “It’s actually the same parts that went down last time,” said David McGavock, the district’s technology director. “This is pretty unprecedented for the same part to go out,” he said. Though the repair was still “really tiring” it was going better Thursday than the first time around, McGavock said. The first time the mulitiplexer (“basically the brains” of the system) in the district’s system went down, an employee had to drive to Carrier Access in Boulder to pick up a replacement after the company sent the part to Salt Lake City instead of Glenwood Springs. This time the company has the right address and told the district the part would be in by this morning, McGavock said. McGavock said he thinks a power surge may to blame for the part’s failure, even though the multiplexer and an accompanying piece of equipment have fuses to protect against surges. Oink-A-Mania and a Kick-A-ThonRoaring Fork School District students have been working hard to help others lately. For nearly two months, students at Glenwood Springs Middle School have been participating in “Oink-A-Mania,” a reading program that raises money for local charities. Each time students read and write a summary on a book, they get to deposit a vote in one of three piggy banks in the school library, said GSMS librarian Jean Winkler. At the end of the contest the school will donate money to three charities based on the percentage of student votes for each particular charity, Winkler said. By mid-January GSMS students had already read 350 books, with particularly strong showings from Liz Howard’s English Language Learners class. Not to be outdone, however, was the Basalt High School dance team. The dance team is hosting a Kick-A-Thon benefit for UNICEF tsunami relief efforts at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at BHS’s “Big House.” The team wants to do 100 consecutive kicks and earn a donation for each one. To make a donation: Janice Ribich, 963-6442.The dance team is hosting a Kick-A-Thon benefit for UNICEF tsunami relief efforts at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at BHS’s “Big House.” The team wants to do 100 consecutive kicks and earn a donation for each one.
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