D51 Board approves ballot measure

D51 School Board approves ballot measure
Posted on 07/01/2019
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Grand Junction, CO Tonight, July 1, 2019, the District 51 School Board approved a resolution to place a question on the Nov. 5, 2019 ballot asking voters to approve a $179.5 million bond measure. If passed, the bond measure would increase property taxes within District 51 boundaries by $6.67 per month for a $300,000 home.

 

The ballot language approved unanimously by the board says the bond measure would rebuild Grand Junction High School on the north side of the current campus and take down the current building, which has multiple non-secure doors, a sinking foundation, and multiple entrances and buildings.

 

The bond measure would also pay for the following projects at other high schools:

  • Central High School - Eliminate 16 non-secure doors, create a single entrance and connect all buildings so the entire campus is under one roof, perform asbestos abatement, improve accessibility and traffic flow, and enlarge the cafeteria.
  • Fruita Monument High School - Have one entrance, connect all buildings on campus under one roof, and eliminate 27 non-secure doors; improve accessibility and circulation; and add 16 classrooms to bring ninth-grade back to Fruita Monument High School so that Fruita Middle School and Fruita 8/9 can each become full middle schools.
  • Palisade High School - Add fire sprinklers, eliminate non-secure doors, connect all buildings under one roof, create collaborative spaces, add multi-disciplinary classrooms, and improve accessibility.

The work collectively would cost an estimated $10 million more than the $179.5 million being requested by the board. However, the 2017 Bond Measure includes $5.3 million for Grand Junction High School repairs that will no longer be needed if the 2019 Bond Measure passes. In addition to reallocating that amount to the new project if the bond passes, the board plans to dedicate most of $6.2 million in currently unallocated bond premiums, interest, and projected savings toward the project in the interest of making the best use of funds.


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