Superintendent Mark MacHale said Wednesday that Montrose County has the potential to house the best school district on the Western Slope — but not without the public’s help.

“We’re in a bit of a pickle, and tough decisions will have to be made,” MacHale told 19 concerned citizens and a half-dozen district staff members Wednesday at the first meeting of the Community School Improvement Task Force.

The meeting was held for the public to gain a better understanding of the district’s lagging student achievement scores and the continued state cuts it has experienced over the past few years. With further cuts possible in the future, district officials asked those in attendance for their help in finding budget reductions that would have the least negative impact on the district’s 6,100 students and 660-person staff.

The meeting also addressed some of the district’s major needs, such as replacing the main building at Columbine Middle School and centralizing the early childhood center in addition to separate gymnasiums and cafeterias in four elementary schools.

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Buddy

A request for additonal tax revenue is surely on the horizon.

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