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Habitat for Humanity planning to build teacher housing

Feb 3, 2016
Aspen Journalism

  Plans are in the works to build as many as 40 affordable homes behind Basalt High School, half of which would be dedicated for local teachers. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Sirko leaving Roaring Fork School District this summer

Jan 29, 2016
Roaring Fork School District

    

  Roaring Fork Superintendent Diana Sirko is stepping down at the end of June. The District announced today (Friday) that Sirko is planning to pursue other career opportunities.

Elise Thatcher

Students in the Roaring Fork Valley can take a test this April that’s called the ACT.

Colorado’s Department of Education confirmed that on Monday, after weeks of confusion.

Elise Thatcher / Aspen Public Radio

  Schools across Colorado are getting results from a new statewide test designed to look at how well students read, write, and solve math problems. We have a quick look results for the Roaring Fork School District.

Basalt students head to state robot competition again

Nov 17, 2015
Allison Johnson

Science students from Basalt Middle School will once again square off with their peers from around the state. They’re heading for a statewide robotics championship this winter.  The team of seven students will compete in Denver in January, to test their skills in programming robots to pick things up and carry out a variety of other tasks.

Valley Roundup 11-6-15

Nov 6, 2015
Alycin Becktesh/Aspen Public Radio News

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me are Madeleine Osberger, reporter for the Aspen Daily News, Aspen Times columnists Roger Marolt and Andy Stone, and Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent.

 

The votes are in and have been counted. The controversial Base 2 hotel proposal in downtown Aspen went down in flames. And that’s despite the developer throwing tens of thousands of dollars into the campaign.

Elise Thatcher

Voter turnout in Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties ranged from 33% to 39%. That’s based on the number of people voting versus those who received a ballot.  In Eagle and Garfield, about 10,000 people voted in each county, and more than 5,000 turned out in Pitkin. Residents in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood voted to pay more in property taxes to support schools and a sizable fire district.

 

Voter voices on RE-1 Bond Issue

Nov 3, 2015
Elise Thatcher / Aspen Public Radio

A vote today will decide if the Roaring Fork School District can borrow $122 million. That funds would come from a property tax increase. 

 

The proposed bond on ballot issue RE-1 would pay for renovating Glenwood Springs Elementary and other schools, and pay for teacher affordable housing, among many other things.

Amy Spradlin dropped off her ballot this afternoon near Garfield County’s election headquarters in Glenwood Springs. She voted for the proposal.

 

Two days left in this fall's mail-in election

Nov 2, 2015

  As the deadline approaches in this fall’s all-mail-in election, county clerks are bracing themselves to get inundated with last-minute ballot drop offs.

Between 20 and 25 percent of registered voters in Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle counties have turned in their ballots. Turnout is on par with 2013, which also was an off-year in terms of statewide elections.

Professionals pitch mentorships to Glenwood students

Nov 1, 2015

  Eighth graders are deciding between different professions, as part of a new career mentoring program with Glenwood Springs Middle School and a Carbondale-based nonprofit. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher attended a career expo for the program and has this story.

Valley Roundup 10-30-15

Oct 30, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Aspen Times columnist Andy Stone, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Jill Beathard, editor of the Snowmass Sun.

 

Residents in Battlement Mesa are putting up a fight against an oil and gas company wanting to drill near their homes.

graphic by Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

This year Garfield County benefited more than most from the school funding available through marijuana sales taxes collected throughout the state. 

Basalt's Ingram is Colorado Teacher of the Year

Oct 26, 2015
Elise Thatcher

  A Basalt High School teacher is one of of the best in the state, and her main focus is working with students learning English as a second language. At a surprise assembly on Monday, Colorado Education Commissioner Elliott Asp spoke glowingly about Leticia “Ticia” Guzman Ingram.

Mountain Edition - October 22nd, 2015

Oct 22, 2015

Aspen Public Radio's weekly newsmagazine

  

  Voters are being asked to pony up money for schools that are falling apart. 

Elise Thatcher

One of the newest, biggest buildings in Carbondale is a school. Administrators, teachers and parents at Ross Montessori have been working for years to make the new location a reality. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher took a tour of the new building, which is slated to open in a matter of months.

Cross Currents - RFSD bond issue; Horse Boy Program

Oct 7, 2015

This week, Roaring Fork School District bond issue 3B.

Nova Southeastern University

  Colorado Mountain College is looking at offering a new graduate program. But it would be through a school known for student loan debt.

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The Aspen School District is holding a candidate forum Tuesday (9/15) to introduce the public to five people running for the school board. 

Two incumbents and three newcomers are vying for two open seats in the November election. The school board approves the district’s budget, helps establish an academic vision and aids in assessing student progress. 

Superintendent of Schools John Maloy says voters within school district boundaries can vote.

Basalt officials support RFSD bond measure

Sep 13, 2015
Elise Thatcher / Aspen Public Radio

  The Basalt Town Council has decided to support a fall funding measure by the Roaring Fork School District. Town Council members voted unanimously last week to endorse the $122 million bond question.

Glenwood voters allow officials to consider land sale

Sep 8, 2015
Elise Thatcher

  Voters have chosen to allow Glenwood Springs officials to consider selling property to the Roaring Fork School District. That’s the result of an election that ended Tuesday. The City of Glenwood Springs can now choose to sell property to the Roaring Fork School District.

Elise Thatcher

  Basalt officials are considering whether to support a bond measure by the Roaring Fork School District. On Tuesday night, Town Council will discuss the $122 million bond measure that goes before voters this fall. If approved, the measure would mean money for, among other things, the District to buy or build affordable housing for its workers.

  Ballots are due Tuesday, September 8th, for a Glenwood Springs special election. Voters are deciding whether City officials can consider selling or trading a chunk of property. The land is home to Glenwood’s Recycling Center, and could be a key part of revamping the neighboring Glenwood Springs Elementary School.

Back to school and making up for the "summer slide"

Aug 30, 2015
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Now that kids are back to school, some teachers are making up ground lost over the summer. Students can lose about a month’s worth of reading, language and math skills when they’re not in school. The setback can be especially acute for students learning English. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with Susan Gonzalez, who wrote about this “summer slide” for Chalkbeat Colorado, an education news website.

Elise Thatcher / Aspen Public Radio

The Roaring Fork School District will have a bond measure on the fall ballot. The District is asking voters to fund a 122 million bond measure to pay for a long list of capital improvements. If passed, it would come out an average about $22 a month for homes worth $500,000. 

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School starts next week for students across the valley. The Roaring Fork School District operates schools in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke to superintendent Diana Sirko about how this year will be different than past years.

Diana Sirko is superintendent of schools for the Roaring Fork School District. This fall, the district may go to the voters for help in funding new school buildings and teacher housing. The school board will make a decision next week on whether to hold an election.

Health clinic to open in Roaring Fork High School

Aug 10, 2015
Elise Thatcher

  Students at Roaring Fork High School will soon be just down the hall from a doctor. A clinic is opening at Carbondale’s High School, after three successful locations in the Basalt schools. Haidith Ramirez-Leon is overseeing the expansion. She says Medicaid or private insurance are billed first.

  On CrossCurrents this week - David Smith on the Roaring Fork Valley School District's Pre-Collegiate Program, and Dr. Joshua Gordon on the latest research and treatment of depression.

Elise Thatcher

The Roaring Fork School District has added another new principal to the roster. Jennifer Ellsperman is taking over as Principal for Basalt Middle School. She previously taught fifth grade there, and most recently was assistant principal at Basalt Elementary School.

Elise Thatcher

  The Roaring Fork School District has a problem. There isn't enough room in schools for all their students, and some buildings are in bad shape. The District may ask voters this fall for money to fix those issues. The measure would also make sure the District can keep something called a BEST grant. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Assistant Superintendent Shannon Pelland about the grant and the possible fall funding measure. The District is expected to decide this summer whether to put the measure on the ballot.

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