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News in Brief

Middle school forum tonightThe Aspen School District invites voters to attend an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at the Aspen Elementary School, when district officials will discuss their plans to build a new middle school.The district will put two ballot questions before voters on Nov. 1, Referendum 3A and Referendum 3B, asking for permission to raise taxes for educational purposes.Referendum 3A would allow the district to raise property taxes by a small amount in order to generate a maximum of $700,000 in additional revenue every year.Referendum 3B asks voters for permission to sell $33 million in general obligation bonds to fund construction of a new middle school and improvements to Aspen Elementary School.Medical foundation now accepting applicationsThe Aspen Valley Medical Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships in the health-care field.Area residents interested in pursuing or continuing careers in the health-care industry should apply to the AVMF by 3 p.m. Nov. 14.The Audrey Owings Memorial Scholarships, established in 1982 and named for a longtime Aspen resident and volunteer emergency medical technician, provide funds for EMTs.Nursing scholarships are also available for locals interesting in beginning or continuing their nursing careers at Colorado Mountain College, the University of Northern Colorado or the University of Colorado.Application guidelines and forms are available at the foundation office at Aspen Valley Hospital, or on the AVMF website at http://www.avmfaspen.orgFor further information, call Denise Miller at 544-1298.Focus groups to help choose new Re-1 superintendentRoaring Fork School District Re-1 released its meeting schedule Monday for focus groups that will help the school board find a replacement for retiring Superintendent Fred Wall. The Re-1 school board decided Oct. 12 to form the focus groups, which will discuss the strengths of the school district and what qualities are needed in a superintendent.The district will invite approximately 200 participants from throughout the district to be divided into 15 focus groups composed of up to about 15 people each, said Cyndy Hallford, the school board’s administrative assistant.Hallford said the district is soliciting members of the community to participate, but it will cap community participation around 15 representatives from each town, including Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt. The focus groups will meet for about 90 minutes each Oct. 25-27, beginning with groups of district employees.The Basalt community group meets at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Basalt High School Media Center. Re-1 middle school parents will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in the school library. Also at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26, elementary school parents and Glenwood Springs residents will meet in the Glenwood Springs Elementary School library. Re-1 high school parents will meet at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Eagle County Community Center, followed by Carbondale and Glenwood community focus groups at 7 p.m. in the Roaring Fork High School and Glenwood Springs High School libraries. Community members can participate by invitation only. To volunteer, call Cyndy Hallford at 384-6009. (From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

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