Re-2 schools start Monday |

Re-2 schools start Monday

Baron Zahuranec
Rifle Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado ” Classes will be getting underway for all but one of Garfield County School District Re-2 schools this Monday, Aug. 18.

Due to some holdups and unexpected delays the new Elk Creek Elementary will be starting one week late on Aug. 25, Theresa Hamilton, director of district wide services, said. Elk Creek was the old Riverside Middle School.

“The staff is very excited to welcome students to Elk Creek Elementary, but we are also very conscious of the fact that safety is the first priority. The extra time will allow teachers time to better prepare classrooms and create the most inviting atmosphere for our families and our students,” Elk Creek Principal Lacey Moser said.

Starting one week later won’t affect the student’s requirement for class days during the year. They will be going from 174 to 170 student contact days, still above the state minimum, Hamilton said.

There are 77 new teacher hires throughout the district for this school year, with three vacancies remaining: two sixth-grade positions at Rifle Middle School and a music position at Wamsley Elementary.

“We have some great long-term subs, and I think we’ll start there,” Hamilton said. “We always want to start the year with a full staff, but the students and the staff at the middle school should be just fine.”

There have been a number of changes to the bus routes throughout the district and some of the pick-up areas have been reduced.

Colorado is an open enrollment state ” meaning students can attend any school, but their parents or guardians are responsible for transportation. Up until this year, Re-2 has been, “somewhat lenient in that policy,” Hamilton said.

All the bus routes with complete times and locations are listed online at, along with supply lists for each school.

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