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Mesa County Valley School District 51: A Vision Unveiled

Rosemary Surroz
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In a transformative event, Mesa County Valley School District 51 recently played host to the first-ever Strong Schools, Strong Community State of the District Luncheon. Superintendent Dr. Brian Hill, in an exclusive interview, provided a comprehensive overview of the event and the district’s journey.

The luncheon, a gathering of key community leaders and partners, served a dual purpose. Dr. Hill emphasized, “to highlight student performances and give a message about the challenges we are facing as a district, the progress we have made despite those challenges, and to ask the community to continue to support public education in Mesa County.” This highlighted the district’s commitment to transparency, laying bare the triumphs and hurdles faced. Despite acknowledging the extended duration of the event, Dr. Hill delved deeper, expressing the importance of the message conveyed. “I hope guests got the message that public education is the best thing we can invest in as a community, and we need community support to see our students thrive.” This sentiment underscores the integral role the community plays in the success of the district, positioning public education as a shared investment in the future. Reflecting on the community’s reception of his address, Dr. Hill’s confidence shone through, stating: “It can be hard to share challenges, but I didn’t want to sugarcoat it. The community needs to hear about our challenges and our successes, and hopefully see themselves as part of the solution.” This acknowledgment of challenges aligns with the district’s commitment to open dialogue and collaboration. Dr. Hill outlined the district’s robust plan for the future: “We have a 3-year Strategic Plan for D51 that was co-created with the community. We are holding ourselves accountable to those goals, reporting out on areas where we have succeeded, or not, so that we are transparent with the community.” This strategic plan not only sets concrete goals but also emphasizes the importance of community involvement in shaping the district’s trajectory.

The Strong Schools, Strong Community State of the District Luncheon stands as more than an event; it symbolizes Mesa County Valley School District 51’s commitment to open communication, collaborative problem-solving, and community engagement in crafting a brighter future for public education in Mesa County. Dr. Hill’s insights provide a narrative that extends beyond quotes, painting a vivid picture of the district’s vision and the role the community plays in its realization.


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Rosemary Surroz, Staff Member
Hey there! I'm a math-loving sophomore and a first-year staff writer at the newspaper. I believe that reporting on current events is super important. When I'm not crunching numbers, you can find me in the school film club, exploring my creative side. But that's not all! I'm also a strong advocate for sustainable living and doing my part to help the environment. Let's make a positive impact together!
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