Class-size meeting tonight |

Class-size meeting tonight

An Aspen School District task force that is studying class size will hold a community meeting today in the high school commons area from 6-8 p.m.

The district formed the task force last summer to help shape policies on class size and out-of-district enrollment. The group’s progress will be discussed at the meeting, and members of the public can offer their comments on the issue.

The task force is gathering information to determine whether current enrollment trends in the district are swelling class sizes beyond acceptable limits and whether the same number of out-of-district students should be allowed in the future. It will present its recommendations to the school board in January.

District Superintendent Diana Sirko said the meeting will be entirely informational, stressing that the task force hasn’t reached any final conclusions.

“Nothing has been decided on,” she said. “This meeting is just a chance for members of the community to receive information on the task force while providing their own input too.”

The meeting will begin with a presentation about the task force, including a description of its conception, membership and goals. Then members will present various topics for discussion, including current state-choice laws, class-size research, school finance, possible boundary changes and current enrollment policies.

School board administrative assistant Angela Rittenhouse said the presentation is an important step in educating concerned citizens.

“This is obviously an emotionally charged issue, but I think a lot of people aren’t well informed,” she said. “This meeting should do a lot to explain the laws and regulations in place.”

After the presentation by task force members, the meeting will split into small discussion groups, with a different task force member gathering input from each group.

Sirko said this an important opportunity for the public to receive information and provide input in this crucial decision period.

“We are really hoping for a large turnout,” Rittenhouse said. “The more people who are involved, the better.”

Readers can learn more about the Choice, Capacity and Class Size task force and tonight’s community meeting at

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