Roaring Fork schools appoint new board member |

Roaring Fork schools appoint new board member

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Roaring Fork School District once again has a full district Board of Education.

The school board appointed Basalt resident Richard Stettner to fill the District A seat, vacated by Mat Flink in August, at its Oct. 13 meeting. Stettner was sworn in at that meeting and has already assumed his roll on the board.

Stettner will fulfill the duties of District A for the remainder of Flink’s term, which expires in 2013.

Stettner was not available for comment Friday; however, a statement released by RFSD superintendent Judy Haptonstall stated that Stettner is an employee of the Aspen Skiing Company as the General Manager of the Limelight Lodge. He holds a degree in Hotel Administration from the University of New Hampshire’s Wittemore School of Business and Economics.

According to Haptonstall, the district received very few applications for the open school board seat.

“We did have other interested applicants however, when you have to live in that specific part of the district, some of the people didn’t qualify,” Haptonstall said.

She said that typically there are few applicants because the position requires a lot of extra time and includes no pay. Flink resigned his position on the board due to a job change which relocated him out of the area.

He was appointed to the board in the fall 2009, after the district canceled its board election for lack of any contested races.

Flink was the only candidate at the time for the seat.

District A generally encompasses the area south of Frying Pan Road, including old town Basalt, Basalt South, and extending west to Catherine Store Road.

No new sports programs for RFSD

As a proactive approach to tighter budgetary restraints in the coming years, the Roaring Fork School District has placed a moratorium on the application of any new sports programs.

According to a statement issued by the district, the RFSD board of education anticipates increasingly difficult budget discussions over the next few years, and are taking proactive measures wherever possible.

This sports program moratorium will affect any new program additions including any newly proposed sports programs. However, RFSD superintendent Judy Haptonstall said that the district has had any new proposals for programs recently.

“We know that over the next few years we will need to face some difficult choices regarding what athletic and extracurricular programs we can maintain, and which we will have to reduce or eliminate,” wrote Haptonstall.

“We will be working hard over the next several years to maintain small class size, quality staff, and quality programs and do not feel adding any new programs during this time is a fiscally prudent thing to do,” she stated.

In the past, parent and community groups could work with school officials to complete an application to the board for the addition of new sports programs. If approved by the board, the parent or community groups agreed to fund for the program for the first two years until the program’s viability was determined. If the program was determined to be successful, the district then assumed responsibility for funding the program.

The moratorium eliminates the option for parents or community groups to provide funding for new athletic programs, according to the district.

However, the moratorium is considered a temporary measure until the district budget outlook improves, according to Haptonstall.

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