Weekly Superintendent Update, Feb 19

Weekly Superintendent Update, February 19
Posted on 02/19/2021

Dear District 51 Staff and Families:

As a reminder, you can find current information about COVID-19 cases and quarantines in our schools on our D51 Data Dashboard. The information is updated on each student contact day. 


Boundary changes have been approved and will take effect this fall. The changes are as follows:

  • Grand Junction High School boundaries will now include Scenic and Broadway attendance areas in the Redlands and an area of land bordered by 25 Road, G Road, and Highway 6&50.

  • The area bordered by 25 Road, G Road, and Highway 6&50 will also be switching to Pomona Elementary School and West Middle School boundaries.

  • The area between 26 and 27 roads from G Road to Interstate 70 will become part of Tope Elementary School’s attendance boundaries.

  • The Panorama subdivision will be added to Broadway Elementary School and Grand Junction High School boundaries.

If you live in one of the impacted areas above, please visit the Adopted School Boundaries web page. You will also receive more information in an email. 

Students who live in the areas above and wish to remain in their current schools can do so through a process called Transitional Admission Rights. You do not have to fill out any paperwork to participate in TAR. Busing to your current school will continue to be provided for one more school year, and your child’s younger siblings will be able to attend your older child’s current school in the future as long as they are A) currently enrolled in any grade K-12 at a D51 school, and B) you remain at your address.

School of Choice

The School of Choice application window will open on Monday, March 8, at 10 a.m., and close on Friday, March 19, at 4 p.m. During that time, families can visit this website to apply for School of Choice through ParentVue. School of Choice is an opportunity for students to attend a school other than their neighborhood area school. Placements are assigned based on the order in which the applications were submitted, and if there is space at the school and grade. 


I had the pleasure of participating in a press conference Thursday morning at Grand Junction High School where we announced the expansion of our P-TECH programming! P-TECH (short for Pathways in Technology Early College High School) gives high school students the chance to earn an associate degree from Western Colorado Community College at no charge to the student. 

Central High became our first school with P-TECH programming two years ago. This fall, Grand Junction High and the D51 Career Center will also introduce P-TECH programs. Each P-TECH program offers associate’s pathways in specific programs. Central’s P-TECH program has an emphasis on manufacturing, the Career Center will have an emphasis on construction, and GJHS will have associate’s programs options in the medical field, and in the information and communication technology field. Learn more here.

Superintendent process

Earlier this month, the Board of Education discussed the importance of succession planning for the position of superintendent. My contract is not up until June 2022, but I would like to leave the district in the best hands possible and plan ahead well in advance of my departure. The Board unanimously voted to solicit resumes from qualified D51 staff interested in the position. After screening application materials, documents, leadership experience and employee records of the internal applicants, the Board selected current D51 Assistant Superintendent Dr. Brian Hill to proceed to an interview process. The Board of Education will interview Dr. Hill in March and determine next steps.

We are excited that Mesa County moved to Level Yellow: Concern this week. While this is encouraging news, it’s important to stay the course so our community continues to see fewer impacts of COVID-19. Schools will continue their procedures of wearing masks, physical distancing, and limiting visitors and attendees for events. We will have more information about sports and school events soon.

Have a safe weekend.





Dr. Diana Sirko

Superintendent of Schools

Mesa County Valley School District 51

(970) 254-5193


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