Re-1 school board reviewing policy on private funding |

Re-1 school board reviewing policy on private funding

John Stroud
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – As the impacts of budget cuts mount, the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 wants to make sure it isn’t closing the door to potential outside private funding to support school programs.

The school board, at its regular meeting tonight, will review the district’s policy related to corporate partnerships and use of corporate logos and advertising in school facilities.

“Many parents, community members and staff have asked how we can utilize sponsorships, gifts and donations to support the work being done in the schools,” Re-1 Superintendent Judy Haptonstall wrote in her weekly “Community Update” e-mail.

“The Board would like to review the policy to ensure that it provides the freedom and flexibility to access offers of additional funds,” she said.

The review of the policy, which is about eight years old, was not prompted by a specific request, Haptonstall said.

The existing policy outlines the general principles under which the district can accept corporate sponsorships for programs, events, facilities or activities. It spells out what’s acceptable, and specifically says what isn’t allowed, such as obscene material, political statements or anything that compromises student safety.

Sponsors may be acknowledged through “recognition,” not “advertising,” according to the policy. And any naming rights for facilities must be brought to the school board for consideration.

Also at this evening’s meeting, the school board will consider policy revisions related to drug and alcohol use by students and staff, as it relates to medical marijuana, which is becoming more prominent in local communities.

The policy review came at the request of school board member Myles Rovig, who recently expressed concerns about how the proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries might impact students and faculty.

“The board wanted to ensure that our policies clearly addressed the use of prescribed marijuana during the school day or at school sponsored activities,” Haptonstall said. “The intent of the board is to make it clear that coming to work or school while under the influence of either drugs or alcohol is prohibited.”

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