Carbondale Elementary gets new start
June 30, 2005
The Roaring Fork School District received word this month from the Colorado Department of Education that Carbondale Elementary School’s corrective action status has been erased. Assistant Superintendent Judy Haptonstall said the Department of Education’s decision was in response to a district request that Carbondale Elementary be removed from corrective action because of the school’s changing makeup beginning this fall.The change occurs as the school becomes Crystal River Elementary School West Campus and prepares for a 2006-07 school year. The former Carbondale Elementary School will move second to fourth grades to a combined preschool through fourth grades at the elementary school’s East Campus.The school’s fifth grade will remain at Carbondale Elementary for two school years and then move to the middle school when the new high school is constructed.Haptonstall received confirmation from the Department of Education that the former elementary school is no longer under academic watch according to federal No Child Left Behind regulations.Poor performance on Colorado Student Assessment Program tests had placed Carbondale Elementary on probationary status under No Child Left Behind.”The state has faith in us and our positive changes in moving ahead,” Haptonstall said. “Given all of the hard work and positive changes made by staff and administration at Carbondale Elementary, it is an extra bonus that we can start off in the fall with a clean slate as the new school that we will be. With a nearly 59 percent change in population from the school we were last fall, it wouldn’t make sense that the school continue to be judged by the performance of students who are gone, or students who had never been there before.”Haptonstall said the change will be a big morale boost for staff members, who will be able to focus on learning and teaching, “rather than having to be in the defense mode.” In the spring, school leaders, along with a District Support Team, developed a School Improvement Plan for Carbondale Elementary based on Department of Education recommendations. The plan targets instructional programs, staff and student support, and organizational systems to increase student achievement in both reading and math.