Austin Cope

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

Austin grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. Since graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he has lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, and northern Wyoming before returning to the Cortez area. He enjoys live music, outdoor activities, and listening to NPR every morning when he wakes up.

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Schools in the Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 district started on Wednesday, and the school district administration has quite a few things on its plate as the school year starts.

KSJD's Austin Cope sat down with Lori Haukeness, the new superintendent of the school district, to learn more about the issues facing the district in the 2016-2017 school year.

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Southwest Open School in Cortez, or SWOS, started its school year at the beginning of August. SWOS is an alternative charter high school that serves 90 percent at-risk students. Its new director Charlotte Wolf is in the process of learning what they call SWOSology—a character education course required for everyone on the school campus. KSJD's Austin Cope sat down with Charlotte Wolf to talk more about her background and experience before she came to SWOS, and what perspectives her new job has brought her so far.


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The small town of Mancos has never seen a violent attack on its school campus, but its school board members said during their Monday meeting that because of other attacks and school shootings recently, they want to be proactive.

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KSJD's Austin Cope sat down with the superintendent of the Dolores School District, Scott Cooper, to talk about this year's earlier school start, new secondary school schedule, and need for more teachers.


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For the first time in several years, there is space for enrollment in kindergarten and high school in Dolores School District Re-4A.


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