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The Aspen School District Board of Education will host its final Communication Forum for the 2005-06 school year from 8-9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the district office boardroom on the Aspen Public Schools campus.

Topics for discussion are issues and outcomes for 2005-06, challenges for 2006-07 and transportation issues.

Interested citizens may join board members and the superintendent for discussion on these and other topics. Coffee and pastries will be available.

The Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation, which raised money to supplement the budgets of schools in the Roaring Fork School District, announced that it recently awarded almost $13,000 in professional development grants to 25 teachers and staff members across the district.

That brings the total amount in grants during this school year to approximately $50,000, according to Irene Friedman, RFPEF’s executive director.

The grant program goes in three cycles in October, February and May, and is open to all faculty and staff in the school district. Recipients this spring will use the grants for everything from Spanish language training to attending national conferences.

The non-profit foundation is overseen by a volunteer board of directors hailing from Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.

Of the 25 grants issued, 12 went to teachers in the Basalt schools, eight went to Carbondale, and five went to Glenwood Springs.

Freidman said the foundation is recruiting new volunteer board members to serve a three-year term starting July 1. Volunteers must live in the school district and be passionate about public education and the civic responsibility to support it, she said.

For more information, contact Friedman at 379-6569 or RFPEF.Irene@comcast.net.


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