Roaring Fork High School plans Wednesday accountability meeting
CARBONDALE – Roaring Fork High School has scheduled a public meeting for Wednesday evening to address recent parent and teacher concerns about the academic climate at the school.The meeting will feature a newly reorganized school accountability committee.”We have a new committee, and we’re ready to start in the new building; come talk to us about what you’d like to see,” RFHS Principal Dale Parker said, referring to the new RFHS building that’s slated for completion this summer.District administrators and members of the new Building Accountability Committee (BAC) have scheduled a public meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Village Smithy restaurant in Carbondale. The meeting is meant to specifically address issues at RFHS, and is separate from a districtwide accountability planning meeting on Saturday, April 21.Parker, who took the job two years ago, admitted he didn’t pull together the state-mandated BAC until late March. He said he’s had trouble getting parents to participate.Several parents have since stepped up to serve on the BAC. Parker said he is also looking for a couple of students to work on the committee.Several RFHS parents, teachers and the chairman of last year’s BAC have questioned whether RFHS is offering enough challenging academic programming to keep its higher-end students. They point to declining student enrollment as an indication that some students are choosing to attend other high schools in the area instead of Roaring Fork.Superintendent Judy Haptonstall explained the accountability process, saying the state accredits the school district and the school district accredits each of its schools.Each school’s accountability committee is an advisory board to the principal, she said. The committee looks at data and helps set goals for the year, and also looks at the school’s budget to be responsible to the taxpayers.Saturday’s all-district accountability meeting is designed as a workshop to draft a districtwide accountability plan.
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