Mesa County Schools Ready For Start Of School Year Wednesday

Despite speculation that it wouldn't be done on time the majority of recently renovated Mesa County schools will be open for the first day of classes Wednesday. About half of the building renovations in Mesa County School District 51 are now complete.

The big news at Wednesday's school board meeting was that all but one of the 14 schools which had renovation work done this summer will open on time. The construction is part of the $109 million dollar bond measure approved by voters last November.

Since construction began on the schools in June there was concern that the buildings would not be ready, however District 51 Spokesperson Jeff Kirtland said the cooperation between the disrict and contractors made it possible.

About $59 million of the $109 million dollar bond was set aside for renovations. 22 schools are scheduled for renoviation next summer and another $50 million dollars will go towards new facilities, which are scheduled to open for the beginning of the 2007–2008 school year.

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