Back in Business; Glade Park School Gets Charter

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Once a casualty of budget cuts, the Glade Park Community School has found new life and will remain open come fall.

Tuesday night, the District 51 school board unanimously voted to grant the tiny school a charter.

Back in April, the district announced it was slashing the school's funding as part of a plan to shore up a $13.6 million budget hole.

Determined to keep the school open, however, a group of parents and community members approached the district about making Glade Park a charter school. With the help of the board and district staff, they were able to complete their application in a span of two months.

"We have a very dynamic team and there was never really too much doubt that we could pull it together," said Diane Branham, a member of the committee that worked on the charter application. "It took a lot of work, a lot of partnerships, and good communication with the district to get it done."

The group says it's thrilled with the board's decision.

They must now work out an operations contract with the district before they can open in the fall.

They say they've already begun the process of hiring staff and will host an open house on Friday, July 8 for anyone interested in enrolling their child there.

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