School-board candidate Lee Mulcahy, shown here campaigning Oct. 30, didn't win a seat on the Aspen board of education. But he and his fellow candidates supported ballot issue 3A, which passed by a two-to-one margin.

Aspen school tax triumphs, incumbents re-elected

Aspen School District ballot issue 3A asked voters to raise their property taxes to the maximum level allowed by the state of Colorado. The increase, which will deliver an additional $991,000 per year to the district, won by more than a two-to-one margin.

This Saf-T-Liner HDX activity bus, manufactured by Thomas Built Buses, is under consideration by the Aspen School District as a long-haul bus for use on field trips and athletic events.

Wi-Fi won’t cost $40,000, but school bus still too pricey for candidate

Multiple times over the past month, school board candidate Lee Mulcahy has claimed the school district was planning to spend $40,000 to equip a school bus with wireless Internet service. School officials are planning to purchase a Wi-Fi-equipped bus, but they say Mulcahy’s numbers are wrong.

After-school traffic congestion is a perennial problem at Basalt Elementary School, so an overhaul of the parking area and a relocation of the adjacent bus corral are part of the Roaring Fork School District's $122 million bond proposal.

Roaring Fork bond proposal has big plans, big price tag

To pay off a $122 million loan, the district is asking voters to raise their property taxes by $55 for every $100,000 of assessed value. Commercial property owners would pay even more: $204 for every $100,000 of value. The increase would be in place for 20 years.

The Western Slope College Fair, shown here in 2013, enables students from Western Colorado to meet admissions officers from some 250 colleges and universities.

College Fair to take place under a big top

The gym is now closed for repairs, and without it the college fair, set for Oct. 4, cannot fit indoors. So organizers decided to relocate the event to the Aspen Middle School parking lot.

Five candidates are vying for two four-year seats on the Aspen school board. A third seat, which lasts for two years, will be appointed by the new board after the November election. That seat may go to the third-place finisher in the election, but the new board will decide.

Candidates speak out at Aspen school board forum

All candidates agreed that Aspen can and should find creative ways to address the statewide school-funding gap, but certain candidates also spotlighted morale issues at Aspen High School and underperformance in math and science.

Basalt Middle School is scheduled for a major renovation under the Roaring Fork School District bond proposal on the Nov. 3 ballot. First opened in 1975, the building served as Basalt's high school till 1996.

Basalt public schools hope for an upgrade

The Roaring Fork School District’s $122 million proposal includes major work on Basalt Middle School and a long-awaited overhaul of the parking and dropoff area at Basalt Elementary.