District 51 meeting begins at 6 tonight (Wednesday)

The fourth and final School District 51 community meeting for 2012-13 will start at 6 tonight in the Palisade High School library.

The district launched the community meeting concept last fall and hosted meetings in September, February and March at The Fruita Community Center, Grand Junction High School and Grand Mesa Middle School, respectively.

Each meeting is an open forum at which parents, students and community members can ask district executives questions about local education and school issues.

Topics at the meetings have ranged from school calendar changes to crowding in some classrooms. About 50 people each gathered at the first two meetings. The third meeting, however, was called off after no one from the community showed up at the meeting within the first 20 minutes.

Despite last month’s setback, District 51 spokeswoman Christy McGee said feedback from district staff and school board members has been positive. Although it has not been discussed whether the meetings will continue next year, McGee said either the meetings will go on in some form or another way for citizens to communicate with the board and staff will be used.

“There will be some opportunity for community engagement in some form,” McGee said.


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