Board selects name for new elementary school

D51 School Board members select name for new elementary school
Posted on 09/18/2019
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Grand Junction, CO Fruita’s newest elementary school will be named Monument Ridge Elementary School!

District 51 celebrated a groundbreaking at the site of the new school Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 1501 K.4 Road. Following the groundbreaking, D51 School Board members voted unanimously at a board business meeting to name the school Monument Ridge. The school is scheduled to open in Fall 2020.

Monument Ridge was one of 588 unique names submitted by more than 1,700 community members last month. Ten finalists were selected through an affinity process conducted by a 10-person committee comprising Fruita community members, parents, and District 51 staff. More than 2,500 community members then voted in an online survey for their favorites among the 10 finalists.

The results of the survey are below. Survey participants were asked to pick their three favorite names among the 10 finalists, which is why adding all 10 percentages together does not add up to 100%.

  1. Monument Ridge Elementary – 47.9%
  2. Fossil Ridge Elementary – 44.1%
  3. Canyon Ridge Elementary – 37%
  4. Desert View Elementary – 31.2%
  5. Sunset Ridge Elementary – 22.2%
  6. Desert Edge Elementary – 18.3%
  7. High Desert Elementary – 17.5%
  8. Trail Ridge Elementary – 16.8%
  9. Trailblazer Elementary – 13.8%
  10. Trailhead Elementary – 12.6%

Monument Ridge will be a 62,000-square-foot, two-story building serving preschool through fifth-grade students. Construction of the new, $25 million school will be funded by a combination of bond savings and premiums from the 2017 bond measure. Boundary lines for the new school have not yet been decided.

Board members decided to use bond money to build a Fruita elementary school in addition to all of the projects promised in the 2017 ballot measure because of current and projected growth in Fruita. While there are needs for a new high school and improvements to our current high schools, such projects would cost more than the remaining bond dollars available.

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