Suggest a name for the new Fruita elementary

Suggest a name for the new Fruita elementary school Aug. 5-19
Posted on 08/05/2019
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Grand Junction, CO Residents of School District 51 are invited to submit their ideas for what to name a new elementary school in Fruita by taking an online survey at The survey will be open until 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019.

Students, parents, community members, and District 51 staff are all invited to weigh in with their suggestions for a school name. A naming committee will take all of the suggestions and create a list of 10 finalists. A second survey will launch later this month asking people to pick their favorite among the 10 finalists, and the results will be forwarded to the District 51 School Board and the Superintendent’s Office to make a final selection.

The winning name 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 District 51 School 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 and because elementary schools are far more affordable than middle or high school projects.

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