Roaring Fork School Board to further address superintendent housing during Thursday public meeting

Roaring Fork School District teachers, staff and supporters packed the March 15 school board meeting to oppose a proposal to oppose the superintendent housing assistance proposal for Superintendent Jesús Rodríguez and future superintendents.
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As tensions rise within the Roaring Fork School District, Superintendent Jesús Rodríguez’s recent $840,000 home purchase in Denver emerges as a central issue in an ongoing housing assistance debate. 

Rodríguez took a leave this fall under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), in anticipation of welcoming a child.

The housing task force discovered the purchase via email, further intensifying discussions around superintendent housing assistance. 

Housing affordability remains a prime concern for teachers in the valley, and Rodríguez’s decision to buy outside the district has not gone unnoticed. Though discussions about superintendent housing assistance began in March, the Roaring Fork Board of Education was seemingly left in the dark about Rodríguez’s acquisition on the Front Range.

As these matters unfold, board nominations are increasingly under the spotlight. Notably, Jasmin Ramirez has announced her intention to seek re-election for the Roaring Fork School District board, District D.

“I am pleased to announce that I am officially running for re-election to the Roaring Fork School District school board, District D,” Ramirez said.

Detailing her tenure since 2019, she added, “It has been an honor to serve the students, families, and staff of our beautiful school district.We navigated unprecedented challenges, especially since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout, the well-being and success of our students remained my guiding principle.”

Among her achievements, Ramirez cited her certification in Education Finance and collaboration with School Board Partners. She also noted the implementation of the Bilingual Communication Toolkit, enhancements to the District Accountability Committee and updates to the Unified Improvement Plans for the district.

“We’ve made significant strides, like introducing the Bilingual Communication Toolkit and refining the District Accountability Committee.” Ramirez said.

Reflecting her personal investment in the district and being a parent of two children, she emphasized her commitment to providing the best educational experience.

 “Our mission at Roaring Fork Schools is to empower our students with enduring knowledge and skills,” she said. “I’m eager to further champion this cause in my next term.”

The board is set to hold a community information session at 5 p.m., Thursday at the Carbondale District Office, 400 Sopris Ave. The meeting will further inform district residents on next steps moving forward to determine the best solution for current and future superintendents in the Roaring Fork School District.

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