Suggest a name for new Fruita school

School District 51 is taking suggestions to name the new elementary school in Fruita.

Students, parents, community members and district staff may submit suggestions for the new school at until 4 p.m. on Aug. 19.

Suggestions will be narrowed down to 10 finalists by a naming committee, and a second survey with the 10 finalists will be published later this month.

The results of that survey will be sent to the Board of Education for consideration. The school's new name will be announced at a groundbreaking ceremony, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17, at the new site near K 4/10 Road and 18 1/2 Road.

School board petitions now available

Candidate petitions for two School District 51 Board of Education seats are now available.

Candidates must live in either District A or District B, file a written notice of intent, pick up a nomination petition and return it with at least 50 signatures from eligible voters.

District A includes Mack, Loma, Fruita, Appleton and western parts of the Redlands, and District B includes eastern parts of the Redlands, parts of western Grand Junction, Gateway, Unaweep Canyon, and the Dos Rios area of Orchard Mesa. Exact boundaries are available at

Completed petitions are due by 4 p.m. on Aug. 30. For more information, call Bridget Story at 254-5139.

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