Turn Back the Pages … Charter school struggles with declining enrollment
September 4, 2008
Five years ago, as it prepared to open its doors for the start of the 2003-04 school year, Indian Peaks Charter School struggled to deal with changes to its staff and board as well as a major drop in its student numbers. As a cost-saving measure, Dr. Sally Carruthers, director for two years, was resigning from her position as the administrator. The school had 47 full-time-equivalent students rather than the 80 budgeted.
– The Granby Board of Trustees approved a resolution regarding a petition for annexation from the Mountainside at SilverCreek Homeowners Association and increased the reward for information regarding a second round of vandalism acts. Town vehicle windshields had been knocked out, a restroom was damaged and soccer goals were vandalized, leading the board to offer double the original $750 reward.
Ten years ago, the Grand County Board of County Commissioners approved a ballot question aimed at allowing the 1999 county property tax revenue to exceed a limit of 5.5 percent imposed by a state referendum called the taxpayer bill of rights, or TABOR. It had been assumed that county voters had voted to remove revenue restrictions two years prior, but a flurry of confusion convinced BOCC members another ballot question was necessary to comply with statutes.
– Efforts to upgrade the Granby Jones Mobile Home Park through a mobile home ownership program met with concern. With 102 mobile home spaces, the park housed more than 200 people. The owner hoped to improve the appearance of the park so it was a better place to live by encouraging ownership of the mobile homes at the park rather than renting the mobiles. Some worried the program would displace families who needed affordable rentals.
Twenty-five years ago, the Three Lakes Water and Sanitation District collected $20,000 in unpaid tap fees from the developers of Shadow Mountain West despite attempts to have the district accept a bond for $45,000 in lieu of the $20,000. The primary developer and his attorneys did not pay any tap fees and had been given an order to disconnect sewer service to the project at that time.
– The East Grand School Board voted unanimously in favor of a resolution opposing the Winter Park Development Authority’s proposed increment financing district. The financing plan would freeze property tax valuation within the boundaries of the tax increment district, proposed for commercial zones in downtown Winter Park.
– A Fort Collins man escaped injury when his truck ran off County Road 64 and sank in about 40 feet of water in Cutthroat Bay. The driver said he was coming to the curve at the bay when he blacked out.
Fifty years ago, 40 Iowa cattle feeders visited about 35 ranches in Middle Park, “land of premium cattle and warm hospitality.” The tour, sponsored by the Middle Park Stockgrowers, led the Iowans through Granby, Fraser, Tabernash, Hot Sulphur Springs, Parshall and Kremmling and rounded out the day with a barbecue.
– Approximately 85 percent of the forest fires on the Arapaho National Forest had been caused by man the forest supervisor reported. The number of fires in 1958 had exceeded that of any previous year, with 18 fires already extinguished and the fire season only half gone. In a similar period the prior year only two fires had occurred.