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State board of ed coming to Rifle

Amanda Holt Miller
Western Garfield County Staff

RIFLE ” The Colorado State Board of Education will visit Rifle Wednesday and Thursday.

The board will conduct a workshop at its regular board meeting at the Garfield School District Re-2 Learning Opportunity Center.

The board tries to meet in a rural area once a year, said Karen Gerwitz, the director of state board relations. This year, the board chose to meet in Rifle because Vicki Van Engelenburg, the president of the Re-2 school board, invited the state board to western Garfield County.



“The reason we’re coming out there is to give people who can’t drive to Denver a chance to meet with us,” Gerwitz said.

People will have a chance to address the state board of education at 11:30 a.m. Thursday about anything that’s on their minds.



“We just ask that it is related to education,” Gerwitz said.

Re-2 superintendent Gary Pack will give a presentation about the district to the state board at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

The meetings are public and anyone who is interested is welcome to sit in, Gerwitz said. She said Wednesday will be a more informal workshop and discussion while Thursday will be a policy-making day.

“It’s not very often we have the state board of education meeting in our backyard,” said Theresa Hamilton, the director of districtwide affairs for Re-2. “We’re excited about it, and we hope people will take advantage of it.”

Contact Amanda Holt Miller at 625-3245, ext. 103

ahmiller@postindependent.com

RIFLE ” The Garfield School District Re-2 Board of Education will have its regular meeting at the Learning Opportunity Center in Rifle tonight at 7.

The board will approve several coaching decisions and some new hires.

Additionally, Mary Kay Richardson and Kelly Detlefsen will discuss changing Riverside Middle School’s colors.

“They want to bring the colors more in line with Coal Ridge,” said Theresa Hamilton, Re-2’s director of districtwide affairs.

The Coal Ridge High School Titans’ colors are cobalt blue, black and silver. Riverside colors are maroon and gold.

The board will also see a presentation on the 2010 Initiative, an effort to streamline fund-raising efforts. The initiative aims to set the district’s fund-raising priorities and appeal to potential donors as a district rather than flooding companies with requests from different organizations within the district, Hamilton said.

Contact Amanda Holt Miller 625-3245, ext. 103

ahmiller@postindependent.com


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