Turn Back the Pages … Charter school requests contract extension
November 12, 2008
Granby, Colorado ” Five years ago, in light of the charter school’s request for a contract extension, the East Grand Board of Education asked the board of directors of the Indian Peaks Charter School for commitment on grade structure, stability and improvement in academic performance. The school board wanted to know why the decision was made to eliminate the 7th and 8th grades, especially since the charter school’s new contract proposed to add the grades again in the future.
– In other school news, the East Grand School Board held a lengthy discussion about an increase in the admission requirements for Colorado four-year colleges. The change had long-term implications and the eighth-graders would be facing more stringent entrance requirements, which prompted the board to wonder if its graduation requirements and policies were sufficient.
Ten years ago, Grand County voters cast ballots in the mid-term election. A total of 4,307 citizens voted out of the 8,979 registered in the county. The figure was not much of a drop from the 4,949 who voted locally during the 1996 national and state elections. One big change recorded in the election was that the largest-ever number of absentee ballots were cast (1,305).
– Preliminary construction work started on the Indian Meadows golf course and subdivision, marking the second construction start on a golf course near Granby for the year. The 441-acre project received its final plat approval from the Town of Granby and the earth work for the deep sewer lines and utilities had begun.
Twenty-five years ago, the cost of legal claims and construction arbitration was becoming expensive for the Three Lakes Water and Sanitation District. The district’s budget earmarked $704,702 for arbitration and contingent legal claims expected in the next year. The amount represented 49.26 percent of the district’s total $1.4 million dollar budget.
– A preliminary report cited at least four violations of state electrical codes on the premises of Middle Park Concrete; none had been found to be related to the electrocution of a 19-year-old Minnesota man. The report concluded that there was no wrongdoing or liability on the part of the company or owner in the death of the mechanic’s helper.
Fifty years ago, to encourage regular attendance the Kremmling school board adopted a new policy. The policy stated that in the 176 days of school no more than six days of 16 allowable could be unexcused. The only excused absences were due to illness or death in the family.
– After investigation, worries about a fire in the Masonic building proved to be no more than a downdraft action in the chimney that served both the lodge and the Middle Park Times. The burning of trash in the shop at the Times filled the lodge hall so full of smoke that it could be seen from the ventilator and the Kremmling Fire Department had been called.
– After several temporary closures, the National Park Service closed Trail Ridge Road for the season. All the mass and structural concrete for the completion of the Williams Form Dam was placed. Minute Men flew several formations over Kremmling in observance of Veteran’s Day. And, of 2,154 registered voters in Grand County, 1,512 went to the polls.