Education

Mary Houchin

Five people are vying for two open seats on the Aspen School District’s Board of Education. Issues being discussed this campaign season include district funding, teacher housing and school culture. All of the candidates support ballot question 3A, which seeks school funding through property taxes.

Elise Thatcher

One of the newest, biggest buildings in Carbondale is a school. Administrators, teachers and parents at Ross Montessori have been working for years to make the new location a reality. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher took a tour of the new building, which is slated to open in a matter of months.

Nova Southeastern University

  Colorado Mountain College is looking at offering a new graduate program. But it would be through a school known for student loan debt.

Enrollment up at Colorado Mountain College

Sep 21, 2015
Colorado Mountain College

The number of students taking courses at Colorado Mountain College is up. The biggest jump in enrollment is in Rifle.

The Rifle campus saw double-digit growth compared to last year’s enrollment. Campus officials point to more courses, a new downtown location and an increased number of high school students taking courses.

Campus-wide, enrollment grew by 3.4 percent. In the Roaring Fork Valley, campuses in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs also saw growth. Lin Stickler oversees enrollment for CMC.

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The Aspen School District is holding a candidate forum Tuesday (9/15) to introduce the public to five people running for the school board. 

Two incumbents and three newcomers are vying for two open seats in the November election. The school board approves the district’s budget, helps establish an academic vision and aids in assessing student progress. 

Superintendent of Schools John Maloy says voters within school district boundaries can vote.

Back to school and making up for the "summer slide"

Aug 30, 2015
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Now that kids are back to school, some teachers are making up ground lost over the summer. Students can lose about a month’s worth of reading, language and math skills when they’re not in school. The setback can be especially acute for students learning English. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with Susan Gonzalez, who wrote about this “summer slide” for Chalkbeat Colorado, an education news website.

Elise Thatcher

The Roaring Fork School District will have a bond measure on the fall ballot. The District is asking voters to fund a 122 million bond measure to pay for a long list of capital improvements. If passed, it would come out an average about $22 a month for homes worth $500,000. 

  The Buddy Program is expanding into Carbondale. The mostly Aspen-based nonprofit has served 3100 kids, mainly in the Upper Roaring Fork Valley. Now it’s opened an office in Carbondale. The Buddy Program matches high school or adult mentors with youth aged 6 through 18 years old. The nonprofit has been working with kids in Carbondale since 2010, but only this summer did the the Buddy Program move into the 3rd Street Center.

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Staff at the Aspen Community School in Woody Creek are moving into their renovated campus this week ahead of classes starting next month. The public charter school raised millions to replace its outdated school building and gymnasium. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke to Skye Skinner of Compass, which operates the community school.

Skye Skinner is Executive Director of Compass, which operates the Aspen Community School. The school still has plans to build a new music and science building.

Renee Solari is the Program Manager for Education Services at SunPower, a solar company that designs and manufactures high-efficiency photovoltaic cells and solar panels out of California. The company has a mission to provide tools and promote education to students around the country. Energetics Education, based in Carbondale, is a recipient of donated solar panels from SunPower. These panels are used by high school students in the Roaring Fork Valley to design and build solar-powered cars, or Solar Rollers. 

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