Re-1 opts to increase staff development, lose a few school days
With little fanfare, the Roaring Fork Re-1 School District’s board of directors Wednesday unanimously passed its 2002-03 and 03-04 school-year calendars. The final calendar for the 2002-03 year was presented at the district’s board meeting on Wednesday. The calendar calls for 169 student contact days, and a total of 184 staff contract days. The additional 15 days will be reserved for staff development and parent teacher conferences.The board approved fewer student/teacher contact days in exchange for more staff training.”Let me stress again that this is a temporary calendar,” said Fred Wall, district superintendent. “In the long term, we don’t want to lose those instructional days.” School will begin Sept. 3, 2002, the day after Labor Day, and end May 30, 2003. Students will have winter break Dec. 23-Jan 3, and return to school Jan. 6. Spring break is scheduled for March 24-28, 2003. Senior graduation is May 24, 2003.Parents should be aware that QRI reading tests will be administered in August prior to the start of the school year. Tests are administered to all students in grades K-5, and to students at higher levels who are placed on individual learning programs (ILPs). Parents will be informed prior to the end of this school year of the dates their children will be required to take QRI tests.After hearing the comments of Lydia Fabien, a junior at Basalt High School, the board recommended to adopt the calendar with the recommendation that teachers consider administering final exams for advanced placement classes prior to winter break, and that administrators encourage creative scheduling, particularly with students in advanced placement courses.In other business, the board:-Approved a draft resolution for construction of a running track at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale. The resolution is part of a $60,000 grant application to Great Outdoors Colorado for construction of the track. The resolution calls for the district to be the project lead and fiscal agent during the construction period; to grant public access to the land on which the track is to be constructed for a minimum of 25 years; to commit $75,000 in funding toward completion of the track; and to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the town of Carbondale.Details of the IGA, which will include track use, access and maintenance schedules for the district and the town, are still being negotiated.Grant funding is expected to be announced June 12.-Approved a draft resolution for construction of ball fields to be located at Sopris Elementary School. The resolution is part of a $125,000 grant application to GOCO to help fund construction of the fields, which would include a youth and an adult softball field, and two youth soccer fields.The resolution called for the district to provide the land for the fields, approve the current IGA with the city of Glenwood Springs, and provide access to the fields for 25 years. The board also approved $5,000 from the district to go toward construction.If grant funding is received, the fields are expected to be completed by early fall 2002. Grant funding is expected to be announced June 12.-Discussed the Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority’s Tax Increment Funding. TIF is a proposed funding mechanism for the DDA that would come from future increases in sales tax revenues.District finance director Shannon Pelland explained that the district receives a set amount of funding annually, as determined by the state, and will receive funding with or without TIF. A portion of those taxes would have gone to the school district. However, since state law requires a uniform mill levy for all property owners within each district, any amount of tax revenue that will be lost by the district through TIF will have to be made up by all taxpayers within the district. The Re-1 School District encompasses three counties from Basalt to Glenwood Springs and stretches as far as Old Snowmass and Thomasville.That increased tax is estimated to be minimal, $6 annually for the owner of a $500,000 property, said Pelland. “That’s taxation without representation,” said board member Bruce Matherly. Board members expressed a desire to promote the DDA but also expressed concern for their responsibility to represent everyone in the school district.
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