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EAGLE COUNTY It is official. Eagle County voters soon will receive ballots asking them to decide whether to expand the board of county commissioner from three to five members.On Friday morning, county commissioners gave their unanimous approval for a second election on the government reform proposal known as home rule, and approved the wording for the ballot question voters will begin receiving April 2.If the initiative passes, it will create two new commission seats, allow citizens to petition the county to place issues on election ballots, and institute a new code of ethics for elected officials.If the initiative fails, the county will not have another opportunity to bring it back to voters until the population of Eagle County reaches 70,000 or another charter commission is elected and a new charter is created.The special election will run 30 days, and votes will be tallied on May 1. (Vail Daily)

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Sopris Elementary School has grown past the magic number 500, creating the need for a new assistant principal position for the 2007-08 school year.Joe Sprick, currently a SES fifth-grade teacher, was selected to fill the new position at SES. And across town at Glenwood Middle School, Basalt Middle School teacher Jeremy Voss was picked to replace outgoing assistant principal Mike Wells. Wells, former principal at Glenwood Springs High School, had agreed to come out of retirement for the job for one school year.”We’ll miss Mike,” GMS Principal Brad Ray said. “Mike was awesome.”The magic number for the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 is 500, as in total number of students at which the RFSD believes an assistant principal position should be created. At that point, an assistant principal is needed to share responsibilities and preserve the level of personal contact with staff, parents and students, Superintendent Judy Haptonstall said.SES Principal Howard Jay said SES enrolled a bit fewer than 500 students for the past few years, but this year it jumped to about 560 students.Jay said a team including himself, Haptonstall, other staff members and a parent interviewed three applicants for the job. About 15 applied. Four were selected for interviews, and one dropped out after that.”It was a real tough decision,” Jay said.Sprick previously worked as an assistant principal at Basalt and Carbondale Middle Schools, but came back into the classroom to get more teaching experience. Jay said Sprick got a better handle on standards-based education. The theory of standards-based education involves trying to focus on surpassing certain benchmarks of achievement at each level, rather than simply moving through the curriculum. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

EAGLE COUNTY One school will look oddly familiar. One school will be completely new. Both are being built this summer on Miller Ranch.Eagle County School District will begin work as early as May on a new elementary school recently named June Creek Elementary and on a new building for Red Canyon High School.June Creek will be modeled on a standardized design for Eagle County elementary schools, the same one developed for Brush Creek Elementary and Red Hill elementaries.Architects are still designing the new Red Canyon High School, which is requiring a little more creativity to accommodate the alternative high schools unique, hands-on curriculum, district officials say.With growth in Edwards and Avon, the school district decided a new elementary school was needed to hold a whole new slew of kids.Voters passed a $128 million bond question in November that would pay for the elementary school, along with a new high school and districtwide renovations.June Creek is expected to be completed by August 2008 and will be built on Miller Ranch where Red Canyon currently sits. If while walking through the halls of the new school you get a sense of deja vu, its probably because you actually have been in the school before.June Creek will be exactly like Brush Creek and Red Hill except for some minor modifications, said Greg Cromer with architectural firm Klipp in Denver.Red Canyon will have to make room for the new elementary, but theyll be getting a new, much better building just across the street.The new campus will be built on land adjacent to Berry Creek Middle Schools baseball field and will work with Red Canyons other campus in Eagle. The design for Red Canyon also is being managed by Klipp.Red Canyon is an alternative high school that emphasizes individualized curriculums, hands on learning and in-depth studies on a single, specific topic. The new school will need things like a workshop and a nursery.Cromer said Red Canyon students gave a presentation about what they liked about their school, what they didnt like and what theyd want future students to have in the new school.The design isnt finished yet, but it should be soon, Cromer said. They hope to finish construction by January 2008, but Red Hill still is looking for an interim home to hold classes for the first part of the 2007-2008 school year.Red Canyons new campus was originally part of the November bond question but later scrapped. When the bonds were sold in January, the school district got a much better deal than anticipated and decided to use the extra money to build a new Red Canyon campus. (Vail Daily)


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