Possible names for Fruita school narrowed to 10

Possible names for Fruita school narrowed to 10
Posted on 08/21/2019
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Grand Junction, CO Thank you to the 1,700-plus residents of School District 51 who suggested names for the new elementary school in Fruita! Just over 700 unique names were generated through this process.

A committee of Fruita community members, parents, and District 51 staff has narrowed the choices to 10, based on which names best fit the goal of representing Fruita’s unique geological features and unique culture. The public can rank their top three choices from the list of 10 to help inform the District 51 Board of Education as they pick the final name for the new school.

Weigh in on your top three by taking an online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/fruitatop10. The survey will be open until 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. The final 10 names are:

  • Canyon Ridge Elementary
  • Desert Edge Elementary
  • Desert View Elementary
  • Fossil Ridge Elementary
  • High Desert Elementary
  • Monument Ridge Elementary
  • Sunset Ridge Elementary
  • Trailblazer Elementary
  • Trail Head Elementary
  • Trail Ridge Elementary

The board’s name selection will be announced at a groundbreaking at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the new school site near K.4 and 18 ½ roads. The board will formally adopt the name by approving a resolution following the groundbreaking at a 6 p.m. board meeting in the Harry Butler Board Room at 455 N. 22nd St.

Construction of the new, $25 million elementary school in Fruita will be funded by a combination of bond savings and premiums from the 2017 bond measure. Board members decided to use bond money to build a Fruita elementary school in addition to all of the projects promised in the 2017 ballot measure because of current and projected growth in Fruita. While there are needs for a new high school and improvements to our current high schools, such projects would cost more than the remaining bond dollars available.

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