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On Tuesday night, Carbondale Town Trustees considered yet another aspect of marijuana in the midvalley. They approved $20,000 for the Roaring Fork School District for mental health counseling, and to educate kids and parents about pot. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with with the District’s Chief Academic Officer, Rob Stein.

Elise Thatcher

  Schools and daycare centers in the Roaring Fork Valley are getting ready for tighter  state rules around vaccines. Colorado’s Health Department will soon beef up how often parents must confirm their child is not vaccinated. The changes come because of Colorado’s lower vaccination rate and events like the mini measles outbreak this winter.

Valley Roundup - March 13th, 2015

Mar 13, 2015

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

The City of Aspen just got the results of an audit of a multi-year parking scam. Elected officials wonder if they should look at other departments as closely.

After three months of analyzing and negotiating, the Roaring Fork School District finally inked contracts with its superintendent and assistant superintendent.

Mountain Edition - March 12th, 2015

Mar 12, 2015

Welcome to Mountain Edition.

The current superintendent of schools for the Roaring Fork School District will stay on board. The decision comes after contention in the community.

Since the recession, Basalt has gained back low-paying jobs. A report details a tough scenario for home ownership.

Dozens of people went before Aspen City Council this week, weighing in on their favorite proposal to occupy the former Aspen Art Museum.

Tension remains between animal advocates and the new owners of Krabloonik Dog Sledding in Snowmass Village.

District sticks with creative superintendent contracts

Mar 12, 2015
Roger Adams

After three months of meetings, the Roaring Fork School District has finalized superintendent contracts. Superintendent Diana Sirko will stay on for two more years, as will Assistant Superintendent Rob Stein. Then, Stein will become Superintendent for the three years after that. He’s also Chief Academic Officer. The plan, first proposed in December, galvanized parents who preferred one over the other. 

Tonight the Roaring Fork School District hopes to nail down superintendent contracts for next year. The Board of Education has been working on the issue for three months. The plan is to keep current superintendent Diana Sirko for two more years, then Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer Rob Stein will become superintendent for the following three years. 

RE-1 Superintendent contract talks may end mid-March

Feb 26, 2015

The Board of Education for the Roaring Fork School District met Wednesday night. Officials are tackling a contentious decision, about superintendent contracts for next year. 

Your Evening News - February 11th, 2015

Feb 11, 2015

Carbondale Fire Meets Tonight on Future Funding

The future of the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District is slowly inching closer. The Board of Directors for the sprawling, struggling district is meeting tonight. Board members are finalizing the contracts for two consulting firms. Their main task is to help put together a master plan for Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District, which could run out of money in two years. Gene Schilling is President of the Board.

“We believe that once the master plan’s done, there will probably be some recommendations on the funding that we need to go forward with, to get the Fire District’s level of service back up to what it was before.”

The District covers more than three hundred square miles, and provides ambulance service along a busy stretch of Highway 82. It lost more than half of its budget in late 2013, when a big chunk of mill levy funding ran out. A ballot measure to reinstate that money failed.

Your Evening News - December 11th, 2014

Dec 11, 2014

Aspen Seeks Input on New Bike/Pedestrian Plan

The City of Aspen is updating its Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and seeking public input. When the plan was conceived 20 years ago, several new trails were the result.

The original plan led to improvements like trail connections and new trails such as the East of Aspen trail and the Ute Avenue Trail. A lot has changed since the original master plan was drawn up, says City of Aspen Senior Project Manager Tyler Christoff. He says it’s time for a revision.

Your Morning News - December 11th, 2014

Dec 11, 2014

RFSD Keeps Sirko & Stein Under New Contact Plan

The Roaring Fork School District will have the same Superintendent for the next few years. The Board of Education decided to extend the contract for Diana Sirko as well as current Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer Rob Stein. But there’s a twist. Once Sirko is done, Stein will take the reins as Superintendent for three years. Board President Daniel Biggs explains the reason for the unusual arrangement.

“We wanted to have this strong leadership team continue the great work that they’ve begun. We have so much ahead of us.”

Superintendent Diana Sirko echoed that description of keeping together an All-Star team.

“It was an atypical situation from the beginning, and I think the forward thinking of the board allows us to move forward and to assure Dr. Stein that he won’t be waiting forever in the wings, so to speak.”

Stein had been hired as Superintendent in 2012 but stepped down because of a family emergency. Sirko filled the position in Stein’s absence and has continued on following his return. 

Your Morning News - December 10th, 2014

Dec 10, 2014

Aspen Hires New Executive Director of the Housing Authority

The City of Aspen is naming a new Executive Director of the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority. Michael Kosdrosky of Denver was named to the post. He will start in mid-January. Kosdrosky has a B.A. in Political Science from Ashland University, and a MPA from the University of Colorado School Of Public Affairs. Kosdrosky stated his career in the public sector as a Legislative Manager and Policy Advisor in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Your Evening News - December 9th, 2014

Dec 9, 2014

Environmentalists Praise White River National Forest Drilling Plan

The White River National Forest released a “conservation-minded” plan Tuesday for future oil and gas drilling. Conservation groups are cheering the plan, saying it protects much of the contested Thompson Divide. The long-awaited plan maps out where future oil and gas leasing can happen on the 2.2 million acre White River National Forest. It calls for closing more than 1.2 million acres to oil and gas leasing including much of the contested Thompson Divide area near Carbondale. The Thompson Divide Coalition is working to protect that area. Executive Director Zane Kessler calls the plan “a good step.”

“We’re excited that the Forest Service has taken a very strong, conservation minded lead on this.”

More work needs to be done, he says, because 100,000 acres already leased on the Divide won’t be affected by the Forest Service plan. The plan only applies to future leasing.

CrossCurrents - Roaring Fork School Facilities Plan

Oct 15, 2014

Today on CrossCurrents, Roaring Fork School District is holding a series of community meetings throughout the month to discuss the RFSD Facilities plan.

Guests are Dr. Diana Sirko, Superintendent of RFSD and Shannon Pelland, Assistant Superintendent in charge of the Facilities Project.

http://www.rfsd.k12.co.us/

Mountain Edition - August 28th, 2014

Aug 28, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

Parents of students in the Roaring Fork School District may notice a few things are different this year.

Law enforcement officers are aiming to cut down on DUI’s… but there are limits on what they can do.

Colorado says it’s posted next year’s health insurance rates so people can find out whether they’ll be charged more… but it’s near impossible actually find those rates.

Water experts and decision makers are trying to figure out how to fairly divvy up Colorado River water if drought becomes a factor in the future.

And, now that recreational marijuana shops are open in Pitkin County, elected leaders are going over concerns, like accidental overdoses.

That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition... right now.

Marci Krivonen

School started this week for K-through-twelve students across the Roaring Fork Valley. This school year, kids in the Roaring Fork School District will see subtle changes. The district operates schools from Glenwood Springs to Basalt, and it’s rolling out a “visioning process.” Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Superintendent Diana Sirko about what the process means for kids in the classroom.

Diana Sirko is Superintendent of Schools for the Roaring Fork School District. It operates twelve schools, serving 5800 students in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. 

Mountain Edition – May 8th, 2014

May 8, 2014

Residents vote for change on the boards that represent Carbondale’s emergency services and a mid-valley park district.

New test results show third graders in the Roaring Fork Valley are better at reading than the statewide average.

A state senator wraps up her time under the gold dome in Denver.

And oil and gas proponents voice strong support for continuing to drill in Garfield County.

We’ll let you know what to expect for the upcoming Aspen Music Festival and School summer season.

And we get a taste of what Aspen middle and high school band students learned this year from a long-time jazz musician. 

Reading Test Scores Up

May 6, 2014
Roger Adams

 Third grade reading scores from statewide standardized testing were released today (Tuesday 5-6-2014) and there is good news for the Roaring Fork School District.   Three quarters of third graders in the district are proficient or advanced in reading comprehension.  That, says superintendent Diana Sirko, shows continued improvement.

CrossCurrents - School Calendars & Youth Initiative

Mar 12, 2014

Roaring Fork School District (RE-1) is considering a change to the school calendar. Superintendent Dr. Diana Sirko discusses the process and  the next steps along with John Bennett from Aspen Community Foundation's Cradle to Career Initiative.

Creative Commons/Flickr/Univers beeldbank

This week, Governor John Hickenlooper enthusiastically supported Amendment 66, calling it the single most important education reform initiative in the history of the United States. School districts in the Roaring Fork Valley are also weighing in on the measure.  Hyperbole aside, the amendment would change the way the state funds public schools. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, school administrators aren’t the only groups sharing opinions before voters head to the polls in November.

The Roaring Fork School District's Visioning Process with Dr. Diana Sirko, Superintendent of Schools and Dr. Rob Stein, Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer.

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