Re-1 studies use, capacity of school buildings
Determining the current capacities and uses of school buildings and campuses is a key issue for Roaring Fork School District Re-1, according to Robin Garvik, president of the Re-1 board. At Wednesday night’s Re-1 board meeting, superintendent Fred Wall said the district has contracted RTA, a consulting firm from Colorado Springs, to help determine the status and upcoming needs of public schools in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. Garvik said the cost of the contract is “just over $100,000,” and will take the firm between six and eight months to complete.”It was the least expensive of the three proposals we looked at,” she said. “Their end product will be a five-year plan for us.” RTA will manage what the board calls the “facilities master plan” to determine what the district needs in terms of buildings and space to accommodate the district’s students over the next five years. In preparation for RTA’s work, the district conducted two separate studies: one on demographics and the other on building capacities. “We’ll give RTA these studies,” said Garvik. “They’ll go to each building individually and advise us whether we should renovate, retrofit or get rid of it rather than fix it.”RTA will also check each building for its compliance to current building codes and standards.The public is also encouraged to participate. “We’re planning to have meetings with each individual community in the district,” said Garvik. “We need to identify what our needs are. We’re looking for that input.”Parents, students, teachers, business owners and community members are encouraged to participate in the district’s planning process. Garvik said those interested should check the newspaper for times and dates of upcoming meetings or call the district office at 384-6000 for information. The district is also looking for community members to participate on another committee. Garvik said Shannon Pelland, Re-1 finance director, received board approval to develop a district financial advisory committee. Pelland is planning to recruit nine community members – three each from Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs – who have strong financial backgrounds to serve on the committee. “Shannon would like to work with a team of financial experts on this volunteer committee,” said Garvik.Interested community members may call Shannon Pelland at 384-6003 for information. Superintendent Wall also told the board of concerns about the demographics of the Montessori program at Carbondale’s elementary schools. A higher percentage of Anglo students attend Carbondale’s Montessori program than Latino students compared to the community population. However, Wall explained since the program is accessible to all students, the district isn’t required to force equal populations into the program. Other agenda items at the Feb. 12 board meeting included:-Superintendent Wall’s report that the committee selecting a new principal for Glenwood Springs Elementary School has narrowed the candidate list down to five. Final interviews will be held next week.-The Roaring Fork School District Re-1 will meet with the Glenwood Springs City Council on March 6. -Approval of a bullyproofing policy and bully prevention and education policy, on the third and final reading. -Amendments to the district grading policy in consideration of the transition to a standards-based grading system. Policy changes will be taken through three readings by the end of the 2003 school year for implementation for the 2003-2004 school year. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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