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ACS Raising Matching Funds for Grant

September 24, 2012
Earlier this year the Aspen Community School was awarded a competitive state grant called Building Excellent Schools Today—also known as the BEST grant—to renovate its aging campus in Woody Creek. ACS has to raise matching funding before it can get the grant money from the state, and last week teachers and faculty kicked off a capital campaign to raise those funds. KDNK's Ed Williams talked with COMPASS executive director Skye Skinner about the grant and its importance to the school.
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Ross Montessori Recommended for $12 Million BEST Grant

July 11, 2012
Carbondale's Ross Montessori school was recently selected as a recipient for a competitive state grant of nearly 12 million dollars that they'll use to buy land and construct a new school building.

The Building Excellent School Today--or BEST--grants are only awarded if the receiving institution can raise a matching contribution which leads some schools to file for waivers that reduce the required amount of that matching contribution.

In the case of Ross Montessori, they'll need to raise a matching contribution of around 1 million dollars in order to collect the nearly 12 million dollar grant.

KDNK's Eric Skalac recently spoke to Tami Cassetty--one of Ross Montisorri's founders--about the school's previous attempts to secure BEST grants and about their plans to raise the necessary matching funding.

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Superintendent Questioned in Special Meeting

November 15, 2011
Last Friday, the Roaring Fork School District board of education announced a special meeting for Monday. The public came out to discuss issues regarding superintendent Judy Haptonstall, who was criticized last Spring when she and the school board fired Glenwood Springs elementary school principal Sonya Hemmen. As KDNK’s Eric Skalac reports, the timing of the meeting was questioned by many in attendance.
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Superintendent Questioned in Special Meeting

Superintendent Questioned in Special Meeting November 15, 2011
At an open forum this week, the Roaring Fork School District took public comments on the performance of superintendent Judy Haptonstall.

The Board of Education also issued a press release outlining mechanisms that will be used to gather input on Haptonstall’s performance.

According to the Board, a confidential online survey will be implemented by a third party firm, and board members will accept confidential input during office hours and through personal emails. Additionally, public comments will be accepted during three scheduled board meetings:

On November 29th at 5:30 pm and on December 14th at 4:00 p.m. at the School District Office, and on December 16th at 8:00 a.m. at the Limelight Lodge in Aspen during the board’s retreat. 

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The School District After the Elections

The School District After the Elections November 2, 2011
Voters in Tuesday's elections rejected Proposition 103, the statewide ballot measure that would raise taxes to help pay for public education. But Roaring Fork Valley residents passed  ballot measure 3E, which raises taxes to cover budget cuts in the RE-1 School District.

KDNK's Ed Williams spoke with RE-1 Superintendent Judy Haptonstall about what the elections mean for the district.

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ACLU weighs in on school police issue

October 19, 2011

The longstanding controversy over school resource officers' collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement continues, but as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, students and immigrant rights advocates have some new supporters in Denver.

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School district rolls out new education model

School district rolls out new education model September 26, 2011

This fall, the Roaring Fork School district is trying a new program that could help make student learning more efficient in their classrooms. KDNK’s Eric Skalac reports that though the program has already been in use in Carbondale Middle School, it’s new to the district as a whole.

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RE-1 asks voters for more cash, gets support from Carbondale, Basalt

September 20, 2011
Over the last three years, the state of Colorado cut more than $5 million going to the Roaring Fork School District. At Carbondale’s trustee meeting last Tuesday, the District discussed a measure that they say would help curb future cuts at the district and fill the budgetary gap left by the state. KDNK’s Eric Skalac has more.
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Wyoming education suit could be telling for Colorado

August 26, 2011
Colorado’s Lieutenant Governor took the stand this week in a lawsuit challenging the state’s education funding system. A 2005 lawsuit filed in Denver District Court contends the Colorado legislature’s method of funding violates the state constitution’s promise to provide a “thorough and uniform” education system. A similar lawsuit took years to play out in neighboring Wyoming. KDNK's Daniel Costello has more on that case – and what it might mean for Colorado.
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State test scores flat, but huge gains for Roaring Fork

State test scores flat, but huge gains for Roaring Fork August 4, 2011

The Colorado Department of Education released this year's Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) test scores, and the results were disappointingly flat. The standardized tests cover reading, writing, math and science from third to tenth grade.

 

While many districts stayed the same, the Roaring Fork School District performed well. KDNK's Conrad Wilson spoke with Jo O'Brien, the Assistant Commissioner for Assessment at the Colorado Department of Education and Judy Haptonstall, Superintendent of the Roaring Fork School District.

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