Saving Their School; Glade Park Gets Boost from D51 School Board

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - As they fight to keep their school open, residents of Glade Park received some good news Tuesday night. The District 51 School Board gave them the green light to move forward with becoming a charter school.

In April, the district announced it could no longer fund the small school due to budget cuts. As a charter school, Glade Park would receive state funding and be eligible for other money.

During a workshop Monday night, board members unanimously voted to waive certain application deadlines the school would have already had to meet to get charter status.

An application must still be turned in and approved.

"We just have a lot of people who are not willing to let this thing go," said Karyn Bechtel, a supporter of Glade Park School and member of the group pushing for charter status. "When you have that many people and that much commitment, you can really accomplish a lot. And that's what we're seeing happen."

The group says it plans to submit their final application by May 24. The board is expected to rule on it in June.

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