Roaring Fork School Board to hold executive session over superintendent contract following Wednesday’s board meeting

The Roaring Fork School Board is scheduled for its regular board meeting on Wednesday at the Carbondale District Office. Following the session, members will proceed into an executive meeting to seek legal counsel regarding questions surrounding Superintendent Jesús Rodríguez’s contract.

Tensions have been mounting in the Roaring Fork School District due to Rodríguez’s recent $840,000 home purchase in Denver, a focal point of a broader debate about housing assistance for the district’s superintendent.

The discovery of Rodríguez’s home purchase by the housing task force via email has added more fuel to the fire. With housing affordability being a paramount issue for many teachers in the valley, Rodríguez’s decision to buy outside of the district has raised eyebrows.

The superintendent recently took a leave this fall under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) with plans to welcome a new child.

During Wednesday’s meeting, the board is set to repeal the BDFC Policy in light of the new Universal Preschool Colorado. This initiative ensures that children in the year preceding their kindergarten eligibility will have access to up to half-day (15 hours) of state-funded, voluntary preschool starting from the 2023-24 academic year.

Policy BDFC currently mandates the appointment of an advisory council by the superintendent. This council assists and provides recommendations in coordinating and implementing a preschool program. Membership includes representatives from various sectors such as health departments, social services, early childhood education agencies and others within Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties.

The regular board meeting is set to begin at 6:15 p.m. at the Carbondale District Office, 400 Sopris Ave.

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