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GLENWOOD SPRINGS Colorado Mountain College is looking for a new college president.Dr. Robert Spuhler’s contract expires June 30, 2008. He plans to retire at that time.On Monday, the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees unanimously approved the decision to start a national search for a new college president.”We are putting together a search committee with representation from all of our constituencies,” said Doris Dewton, chair of CMC’s board of trustees. “I look forward to seeing this group come together on the important task of determining the future of our college’s leadership.”Spuhler’s retirement could potentially be postponed, however, if it takes longer than a year to find a new president. CMC’s board of trustees also voted Monday to allow Spuhler to remain as an interim president until Dec. 31, 2008, if needed, or before that date if a new president is seated.Dewton said, “The board and I greatly appreciate the work Bob Spuhler has done in his 19 years with the college, and in his nearly five years as president. We’re also appreciative that he’s willing to be flexible on the start of his retirement, if we should require his continuing assistance. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

RIFLE Three open City Council seats and the resurgence of a proposed lodging tax are some of the items that are likely to be on the city’s ballot in the municipal election in September.Rifle City Council members hosted a workshop meeting Wednesday evening to discuss the proposed ballot issues for the Sept. 11 municipal election.The seats of councilors Jeff Johnson, Jonathan Rice and Sandy Vaccaro are all up for election. Both Johnson and Vaccaro have indicated so far that they do not intend to run again.Johnson, of Jeff Johnson Architects in Rifle, has served on the board for the past four years and says he will not run again because of his growing business, but is leaving the door open to possibly running again in the future.Vaccaro, a social studies teacher at Rifle Middle School, has served two terms on council – one from 1993 to 1997 and the current term since 2004. He and his wife, who also works in the school system, are retiring next year and have other plans.”I’ve done my part,” Vaccaro said. “It’s time to step down and get some new blood in there.”Both men reiterated that they have enjoyed being on the council and say it has been a good group to work with.”I had a great time,” Vaccaro said. “I have no regrets. We put the people first. And [Mayor] Keith Lambert has been wonderful.”Rice is a social studies teacher at Rifle High School and said he wants to continue serving on the council.”I enjoy it,” he said. “I like being part of it, I like working with the [city] staff.” (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Preliminary third-grade reading Colorado Student Accountability Program results for the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 showed reading proficiency levels for English speaking students remain high, despite some declines at all schools, according to the RFSD.”Overall district scores, an average of those who are learning English and those whose first language is English, were 62 percent proficient or advanced, trailing the state average of 71 percent,” Superintendent Judy Haptonstall wrote in a news release. “The impact of increasing numbers of students for whom English is not their first language continues to have an influence on district averages.”Proficiency levels of students learning English showed dramatic increases at Crystal River Elementary, moderate increases at Basalt Elementary and declines at Sopris and Glenwood Elementary.”It’s difficult to sort out how much the scores for our second-language students reflect the natural process of learning a language, and how much reflects how we are approaching instruction,” she wrote.She said that English speaking students are performing very well, while native Spanish speakers continue to lag behind – a pattern seen across all grade levels with state testing. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)


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