Mesa County School District 51 Candidates Speak to Business Leaders
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. On Tuesday candidates for the Mesa County School District 51 Board, answered questions from local business leaders about increasing the quality of our workforce after students graduate from high school.
Candidates discussed many issues ranging from, a qualified workforce, to teacher support, parent involvement and the economy.
"The school district is the number one economic driver for business expansion and business development. I don't think there's any doubt about it,” said District C Candidate John Williams.
"Students have multiple pathways both into the business environment and to higher education and have multiple pathways into higher education,” said District E Candidate John Sluder.
"I hope this community will realize that it needs to invest in education. That it’s an important component for our economy of our community,” said District D Candidate Greg Mikolai.
A main topic that all of the candidates could agree on, is the opposition of Amendment 66. This amendment would increase state taxes by 950 millions dollars, and aims to restructure the state’s school funding system.
Candidates say the Grand Valley is at a 77-percent graduation rate and 50-percent of those graduates are not ready to start college.
Ballots will be mailed on October 15th and the last day to cast in your ballot will be on November 5th.