How long will these repairs last?
The additions and security features at Central, Fruita Monument, and Palisade High School would extend each school’s life by at least 20 years. A brand new building for GJHS would last even longer.
Why not build a fifth high school too?
The Long Range Planning Committee has suggested that the district add a fifth high school to handle anticipated population growth on the west end of the Grand Valley in 6-10 years. Having two new high schools in one bond measure is expensive and more likely to fail (as a proposal for two new high schools did in 2008), and replacing GJHS is a more dire need than adding a fifth high school at this time.
What about elementary schools and middle schools that need improvements?
The Long Range Planning Committee – a group of D51 staff and community members – has made a long-term goal of improving elementary and middle schools in the next 20 years. Meanwhile, several middle and elementary school improvements have taken place thanks to the 2017 bond measure and safety grants.
How will D51 be transparent about this bond if it passes?
Immediately after the election, the district will add page to its website (d51schools.org) that will include information about the bond and track where and how each dollar is being spent on a quarterly basis. The district will also continue to send quarterly bond measure updates to parents, staff, and interested community members until the work is completed; post updates and photos on social media; and present monthly updates at public school board meetings.