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Tight budget stretches Re-2 staffNEW CASTLE, Colo. Parents have voiced concerns about several shared staff positions between two elementary schools in New Castle for the 2008-09 school year. Six positions will be shared between Kathryn Senor Elementary and the new Elk Creek Elementary, which currently is Riverside Middle School. We never indicated that we wouldnt have to split these positions, said Garfield School District Re-2 Superintendent Gary Pack. We anticipated that we may have to do that, but we also added some full- time positions at both schools as well. The positions affected will be what the district deems special positions: one music teacher, one physical education teacher, one guidance councilor, one health clerk and two para positions including the librarian. Each of the positions will split time between the two facilities as needed. The actual scheduling is yet to be determined and is up to the schools administration and teachers, Pack said. Its a lot to ask, but they are doing the best they can for the children, Pack said. Its no less time for the students. Its the staff that is making the commitment. They are working on the scheduling now, and they have the staffing to make it happen. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)Garfield County P&Z waiting for reinforcements GLENWOOD SPRINGS The job doesnt pay anything. Theres a lot of responsibility. And sometimes you might have deal with an upset public. The perks of the gig? Helping guide the future of growth and development in Garfield County. The Garfield County Commissioners are now looking for three regular members and one alternate member to join the countys Planning Commission, the body that reviews and advises county commissioners on potential land developments and other matters in the area. An alternate serves with all the full privileges on the Planning Commission and is able to discuss issues, review applications and attend public hearings but cannot vote on an application, said Phil Vaughan, the Planning Commissions chairman. However, if there are less than seven members at a meeting, an alternate can vote, Vaughan said. Anyone who is interested in applying needs to send a letter of interest to Commissioner John Martin at 108 Eighth St., Suite 213, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601. Martin said commissioners are looking for folks that want to be involved into making decisions for the future. It is hard work, it is not paid for, Martin said. But it is very rewarding when you stand back and say, I helped create this county through my rules and regulations and my recommendations. Martin said he wants interested people, from stay-at-homes to bakers at the local grocery stores, to apply and get involved in their government. Although members of the Planning Commission make recommendations to county commissioners, Martin said they also are in charge of the countys Comprehensive Plan, a planning document used to chart future land use development in the area. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

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