Meeting dates set for District 51 talks

School District 51 executives plan to host a series of community meetings in February, March and April.

The district launched the idea of hosting community meetings in various parts of the district throughout the school year beginning in 2012-13. The first meeting took place in September at the Fruita Community Center. The district’s intent is to host most of the meetings at schools to save money but the center was rented to the district for free.

The plan was to host one meeting each quarter of the school year, but scheduling conflicts around the holidays made it difficult to plan a meeting in the second quarter, according to District 51 spokeswoman Christy McGee. To fit in four total meetings before the end of the school year, the district will host community meetings Feb. 12 at Grand Junction High School, March 13 at Grand Mesa Middle School, and April 10 at Palisade High School. Each meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

The meetings are a chance for parents and community members to ask district officials questions about issues impacting schools and education at the national, state, local or neighborhood level. Each meeting will take place in a different part of the Grand Valley so attendees can pick a meeting that is near their home and ask questions that relate to schools in those parts of the valley in particular.

McGee said district executives have not picked specific topics to discuss at the meetings, but she plans to get ideas for issues to discuss from schools near each meeting place.


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