CANYON CITY - At three school campuses, students will be out for the summer a few days sooner than they'd expected .

The last day for Mt. Vernon Middle School is Monday, June 6.

The final day for students at Humbolt and Seneca schools is Tuesday, June 7.

The Grant School District 3 board on May 11 approved the early releases to give teachers more time to pack up their classrooms for upcoming moves.

Originally, the district calendar called for the final day of school on Wednesday, June 8. The early closures center on the permanent closing of Mt. Vernon Middle School, which will take place when school lets out three weeks from now. Sixth-graders will go to Humbolt Elementary in the fall, and grades 7-8 to Grant Union High School.

Also May 11, members of the budget committee met for the first time prior to the regular board meeting. The proposed budget was presented to them, with the meeting continued to May 25. A budget hearing is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 8.

A total of $704,000 in cuts have already been approved. Cutting 11 staff positions amounted to $617,001, stemming from closure of the middle school and consolidation with the elementary and high school campuses.

Further cuts would significantly impact educational programs, Superintendent Mark Witty told the board.

Board members discussed the possibility of seeking a five-year operating levy on the May 2012 ballot.

In other business, the board:

• Approved hiring Caroline Colson to teach at Humbolt Elementary, filling a vacancy due to the resignation of Nate Young. Monty Nash, who will become Humbolt principal, said that about 80 people applied for the job.

• Heard from Witty about higher state reading standards in 2011-12, in order to stay on track with high school graduation requirements.

Two board members are wrapping up their tenure this spring. Pat Holliday, a board member for 18 years, chose not to run again. Dr. Bob Holland, who has served 19 years, recently submitted his resignation, effective following the June 8 meeting.

The board will appoint someone to fill Holland's term on June 8.

To clarify a policy change made at the April meeting reported in the Eagle, students may bring skateboards and roller blades aboard a bus, but only when contained within a bag and with the driver's permission.

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