Schools Gearing Up To Open

School starts on Monday and District 51 officials say they're ready. This fall more than 20,000 students are expected to take a seat in one of the 40 schools the district has to offer. Officials were hoping with the addition of three new schools and two being replaced that there would be room to grow, but it looks as though all of the new buildings may open up at capacity.

Growth is something School District 51 can't control, but it is something they'll be monitoring. The most growth taking place for the district seems to be happening in Fruita where a new 8–9 school will open on Monday.

In November of 2004 voters okayed a $109–Million school bond issue to renovate existing schools and build five new school buildings. Phase Two of the project is now complete and officials say everything went according to schedule and under budget. The two schools that were replaced are Bookcliff Middle School and the Career Center. Pear Park Elementary, Rimrock Elementary in Fruita and the Fruita 8–9 school are all new additions to School District 51.

Some new things all students can expect to see in their classrooms are brand new DELL computers and air conditioning.

Kirtland adds that in some cases construction may continue to take place at some of the schools but that it shouldn't interfere with students in any way.

Several ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new schools and the remodeled projects will be held Thursday and Friday.