D51 to host community meetings

Beginning Sept. 27, School District 51 will start hosting quarterly meetings for community members.

Each meeting will begin with a brief update on current issues in the district, such as implementation of new teacher and principal evaluations or budget cuts, followed by a question and answer session with district directors and Superintendent Steve Schultz. District 51 spokeswoman Christy McGee said she plans for the meetings to last about an hour, but may run longer due to the gatherings’ open format.

“We really just want it to be informal — come in and talk to us about (school-related) issues facing that community,” McGee said.

People are welcome to come and go during the meetings but McGee said people who plan to ask a question should arrive early to ensure they don’t accidentally arrive after the meeting has ended. The first meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson St.

Future meetings will take place during the second, third and fourth quarters of the school year, likely in November, February and April, according to McGee. The meetings will be spread out in the district, with one meeting apiece likely in Fruita and Palisade and two meetings in Grand Junction.

McGee said the district wants to use community facilities when possible to offer community members a “neutral ground” to meet but will use schools if no other meeting area is available free of charge.

The Fruita Community Center is being rented to the district for free. The next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 28 and may take place at Grand Junction High School.


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