Re-1 gets good response to superintendent survey |

Re-1 gets good response to superintendent survey

John Stroud
Post Independent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A full 65 percent of Roaring Fork School District Re-1 teachers and staff completed a confidential 360-degree online survey related to the performance and leadership skills of Re-1 Superintendent Judy Haptonstall, school board president Matt Hamilton said Tuesday.

The school board extended the survey deadline by two days to give more people a chance to respond, Hamilton said.

“We were pleased with the response rate,” he said. “People took the time to participate and give us their feedback, and I want to personally thank them for doing it.”

The results are now being compiled by consultants from Utah-based DecisionWise, the firm chosen by the school board to conduct the survey.

That information is to be reported to the school board during a closed-doors session at a special day-long meeting and retreat Friday at the Third Street Center in Carbondale.

Any decisions based on the survey responses, and other input board members have received in recent weeks, may not come until after the first of the year, Hamilton said.

“We have a lot to digest as a board, and it’s my personal suggestion that we schedule a special meeting where we focus only on this matter and come to some decision on the future direction of the district,” he said.

The board will consider scheduling a possible Jan. 2 special meeting during its regular meeting Wednesday in Glenwood Springs.

Haptonstall, who is five months into an extended two-year contract approved last spring, is being re-evaluated following the election of three new board members Nov. 1. Some of the new board members have questioned Haptonstall’s leadership, after hearing concerns from residents during the campaign.

Meanwhile, the Re-1 school board has a full plate for its regular meeting Wednesday in Glenwood Springs, as well as the special Friday meeting in Carbondale.

Following an afternoon workshop with representatives from the Colorado Association of School Boards, the regular board meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. this evening at the District Office, 1405 Grand Ave.

In addition to matters related to the superintendent’s review, the board is set to discuss:

• Possible discussions with backers of a charter school proposal in Glenwood Springs on ways the Re-1 school district might incorporate the expeditionary learning model. The charter proposal was submitted earlier this year but later withdrawn.

• Board priorities for short-term or long-term restoration of positions or programs using the new voter-approved mill levy funds.

• An overview of the various aspects of the Moving On student placement model now being used in Re-1 schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.

• An accounting of how the Closing The Gap state grant funds were spent in recent years.

The board meeting has two times set aside for “open forum” comments from the public or district staff, at 5:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

The special Friday meeting in Carbondale will begin with an executive session to hear a presentation of the 360-degree survey results. An open forum is slated for public input at 9:15 a.m., followed by discussions on the upcoming 2012-13 budget development process and recent state test scores and school performance reports.

Most of the day will be devoted to a board workshop, led by an outside facilitator, to discuss goals and objectives for the new board.

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