We can do better! Vote yes for 4A
The justification for replacing Grand Junction High School and upgrading the three other high schools has been well established in prior Sentinel articles, op-eds, letters to the editor and public forums.
Parents speak up about the need for improvements at valley high schools
As parents of students in one of the four traditional high schools in School District 51, we would like to thank our community for passing the 2017 bond measure.
Our buildings are all aging: Palisade is 27 years old, Fruita Monument is 50 years, Central 60, and Grand Junction High School is 64 years old. Any homeowner knows that repairs must occur regularly to keep a property maintained.
Bond measure takes aim at GJHS rebuild, security
Should School District 51 increase property taxes to build a new Grand Junction High School and upgrade Central, Palisade and Fruita Monument High schools, to the tune of $179.5 million?
That's the question facing voters in bond measure 4A.
Mesa County Democratic Party leaders support Measure 4A
The Mesa County Democrats support Ballot Issue 4A for a new Grand Junction High School and constructing security and modernization upgrades for Central, Fruita Monument and Palisade High Schools. While our support for public education stands strong, the basic need to keep up our educational buildings and infrastructure as economical as possible demands our support. The basis of our support for 4A is as follows…
GJHS students need a new high school
As I approached Grand Junction High School, my impressions were the same as always: Nice brick exterior, classic mid-century style, nice lawn. How bad can it be?
I walked toward the school, looking for the principal's office for my appointment. And that's when I started to realize there were problems. There are lots of buildings. And doors everywhere. I had no idea where to go.
City Council Votes Unanimously to Support Measure 4A
Grand Junction’s City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to support Bond Measure 4A.
Before the vote, City Council took citizen comments on the ballot issue. If passed this Election Day, 4A would allow for a new Grand Junction High School to be built.
4A would also allow for new additions to other schools in District 51 that will make the buildings safer, according to the campaign behind 4A.
Grand Junction High School to host open houses
Grand Junction High School may be seeing its final years, as D51 approved a bond measure for the next General Ballot Election to build a new building.
The school will be open to the public to show the current conditions of the high school at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and 11:00 a.m. on October 5. This will help voters decide if it's time for the tigers to get a new home or not.
See For Yourself
If a picture's worth a thousand words, what's the value of seeing the real thing with your own eyes?
School District 51 officials and boosters are hoping that once people see for themselves the current state of Grand Junction High School, they'll be more receptive to supporting the $179.5 million bond measure on the November ballot.
Name change for bond measure
School District 51's proposed bond measure to replace Grand Junction High School and upgrade Central, Fruita Monument and Palisade high schools will not be measure 3A on the November ballot.
Changes to ballot coding by the Colorado Secretary of State's office means the initiative will be bond measure 4A, said campaign chairman Dan Prinster, despite the hundreds of signs and thousands of handouts that have already been emblazoned with "Building Our Kids' Future — Yes on 3A."
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."
Orange and Black
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.”