COMMITTEE RE-FORMS TO CAMPAIGN FOR FUNDS TO BUILD NEW HIGH SCHOOL
Citizens for School District 51, the campaign committee that advocated for a 2017 bond measure and mill levy override, is gearing up for another election.
The group re-registered with the Colorado Secretary of State's office as an issue committee on May 2, two months before Board of Education members approved putting a measure on the November ballot.
WATER UNDER GJHS MAY IMPACT FUTURE BUILDLING PLANS
D51 says water underneath Grand Junction High School could be a factor if voters approve a bond measure come November.
The district says the original building was built on top of ground water, and is the reason for some of the maintenance issues at the school, like structural cracks and floor movement.
SCHOOL DISTRICT 51 HAS ITS WORK CUT OUT
It appears, once again, that a School District 51 taxing measure will compete with other community needs for voter approval.
WATERY PITFALLS, SUNKEN SOIL PLAGUED JUNCTION HIGH FROM VERY BEGINNING
Should voters approve a bond measure aimed at constructing a new Grand Junction High School, District 51 leaders will look to avoid the underground lakes and building troubles that, quite literally, sunk the current high school early in its history.
WHY WE’RE ASKING VOTERS TO PASS ANOTHER BOND MEASURE
"This past Monday night at a special board meeting, the District 51 Board of Education voted to place language on the November, 2019, ballot seeking voter approval for a $179.5 million bond. The bond money will be used to replace Grand Junction High School and to secure and modernize Central High School, Fruita Monument High School and Palisade High School. While some voters may be surprised by the news, the process has been ongoing for more than two years and the subject of many public meetings."
DISTRICT 51 TO DISCUSS POSSIBLE BOND ISSUE
"School District 51 Board of Education members will decide whether to ask voters to replace Grand Junction High School and fund repairs at three other high schools during a special meeting Monday."
SURVEY: MOST BACK BOND PLAN TO BUILD NEW GJ HIGH SCHOOL
"Slightly more than 50 percent of Mesa County residents said they would support a bond measure to rebuild Grand Junction High School, according to a School District 51 survey filled out by 5,202 community members this spring."
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D51 CONSIDERS BOND MEASURE FOR GJHS
“Another tax increase for D51 could be on your ballot, as early as this November.
Friday is the last day you can fill out a short survey for the school district, and the big question is a $175 million bond measure to rebuild Grand Junction High School.
Most of the money would go to the new building. Other repairs and safety improvements make up that total as well. The bond would mean an increase of about $58 a year in property taxes, on a home valued at $200,000, according to School District 51.”
district 51 surveys for $175 million bond measure
"How likely are you to vote for a $175 million bond measure to build a new Grand Junction High School and upgrade Palisade, Fruita Monument and Central high schools?
School District 51 leaders are taking the community's temperature for a property tax increase with a public survey currently available online."
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BEST Grant Update
“Last Friday, the Capital Construction Assistance Board announced their list of recommended schools to receive the BEST grant, and Grand Junction High School was not on the list.”
BOARD MOVES TO REPLACE GRAND JUNCTION HIGH SCHOOL
"Grand Junction High School could be entering its twilight years as School District 51 leaders move forward with plans to replace the sprawling 63-year-old building.
Board of Education members on Tuesday unanimously voted to apply for a Building Excellent Schools Today grant to fund a new Grand Junction High School, though they did not make a decision about pursuing a bond measure to build the school."
ORANGE AND BLACK
A NEW GJHS: DISTRICT BOARD MEETING
“Earlier this week the school board approved a proposal put together by a team of GJHS staff members to apply for the BEST grant. According to the Colorado Department of Education the BEST grant is an annual sum of money given to schools to construct new buildings or renovate old buildings.
However, if GJHS received the BEST grant it would only cover one-fourth of the available cost. The rest would be collected through bonds.”
ORANGE AND BLACK
STATE OF OUR SCHOOL
“Grand Junction High School has been around since 1956. In that time, the building has grown in size, but it’s also growing old. With the recent flooding in the boiler room, it has raised several questions about the state of the school and what we are doing to fix it. Back in 2007, a pipe broke resulting in the whole basement flooding and school had to be out for two weeks. Since then, they installed sensors so that doesn’t happen again.”