Drivers Ed Dropped, School Construction Approved By District 51 Board

Grand Junction-The Mesa County School District 51 School Board made several important decisions Tusday night, including THE aprovof a contract to build a new school for the Dual Immersion Academy. The contract with Classic Constructors Inc. begins the process of building a new school on property the district owns in Riverside Township.

This was one of several important decisions made at the meeting. The district 51 School Board decided to officially drop drivers education from its curriculum. District 51 is one of the last school districts in the state to discontinue the program.

The main reason for the cut is the need for significant funding to update materials and fleet replacement. The school does not have the funds to take care of these necessities, and since it's not an integral part of the district's curriculum, it will be discontinued starting the spring of 2006.

Also Tuesday night, the school board approved a contract for the construction of the Dual Immersion Academy. The contract is worth a little more than $2 million. The site for the academy will be in the Riverside Township area of Grand Junction.

The school board also approved the budget for the 2005-2006 school year, which includes $62 million for the construction of new schools.

Finally, the school board also approved increasing adult ticket prices to athletic events by $1. The increase comes due to a rise in district fees over the last two years.

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