Shortened District 51 schedule a real possibility

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Cutting athletics and co-curricular activities is only for shock value!  These programs use less than 1% of the budget!  If there are cuts they should be in the area of non-revenue activities!  The 4 day week should be a slam dunk!  Come on Ann…..I cannot believe you would make the statement “I don’t want to see our kids sacrificed for money.”  They already have been sacrificed by those who helped defeat the bond issue!  Now EVERYBODY can share in the consequences of their shortsightedness!

Schools must be closed that have low numbers….Many of these people who do not want a neighborhood school closed at the elementary level use school of choice to send these same kids as high schoolers to a school outside their attendance area!  It doesn’t bother them then to pay the cost from the Redlands to go to Fruita when the kids should be going to Grand Junction or vice-versa.

The district still needs to make some political decisions and drop programs that are state or federal mandates which are un-funded!  Take a stand… these legislators on the carpet for well-intended programs that are killing districts budgetwise!

Come to Cortez and see the results of the four day week.  Test scores have fallen and our schools are in trouble.  We have never even been told if there was a savings.  Many teachers complain that the lengthened day is too much for the elementary students.  It is a burden on families to find day care for Fridays, especially for single parents.  No school ever went to the four day week with the hope of increasing student achievement.  Mary Ann Findley, Cortez, CO

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