Potential charter school receives extention on application

By: Andrew Reid Email
By: Andrew Reid Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The school board unanimously approved a resolution at Tuesday night’s meeting giving Mesa Valley Vision Home and Community Program an extension for applying to become a charter school. The normal deadline is the end of October.

Mesa Valley Vision Home and Community Program is an alternative academic option for students in District 51. The program is accredited for a K through 12 public contract school that supports home and community based learning.

The school needs to apply to become a charter school so it will stay in compliance with the federal 'no child left behind' mandate.

"Becoming a charter school would enable Mesa Valley Vision to continue to offer the excellent model of education that we now do and still be in compliance with no child left behind law," says Ron Royball, Director of Academic Options with District 51.

The program has around 400 students, and other than the name change - to Mesa Valley Home and Community - parents shouldn't expect much else to be different.

Before becoming a charter school there will be two public meetings held, where the public can give their opinions and then the application will be presented in front of the school board for approval.

Also at the school board meeting, Brooke Caster - a math teacher at Mt. Garfield Middle School - was recognized as this year's outstanding mathematics teacher. Then during the meeting, Caster's aunt, Leslie Kiesler, stepped down from her position on the board due to term limits.

Kiesler was elected twice to the board, and was appointed to serve for 2 years before that. In total, she served 10 years on the school board.

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