District officials looking into best buget cutting methods

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Changes will soon be visible in Mesa County schools with budget cuts on the horizon.

The League of Women voters of Mesa County held a meeting with School District 51 about upcoming budget cuts.

It’s predicted that they’ll have to cut anywhere from $8.3 million to $12 million next year, which accounts for nearly 10 percent of the District’s budget.

The District has been looking for the best ways to handle the budget cuts with minimal loss to school programs and teachers.

Melissa Callahan DeVita, District Support Services director says, “We've been addressing the budget since October and we've got some things in place. The most recent is the early retirement program that we kicked off right after the New Year."

The District is counting on the early retirement program to succeed to help keep other school programs alive.

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