Bond and Mill Levy Override Information

2019 Bond Measure


Notice of Financial Information


On 
July 1, 2019, the District 51 School Board decided to place a $179.5 million bond measure on the Nov. 5, 2019, ballot. The bond measure (4A) proposes the following projects at D51 high schools:

  • Central High School - Eliminate 16 non-secure doors and create a single entrance by connecting all buildings so the entire campus is under one roof, perform asbestos abatement, install fire sprinklers, improve accessibility and traffic flow, and enlarge the cafeteria. (Estimated cost: $32 million)

  • Fruita Monument High School - Create a single main entrance by connecting all buildings on campus under one roof and eliminating 27 non-secure doors; improve accessibility and circulation; and add 18 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. (Estimated cost: $21 million)

  • Grand Junction High School - Rebuild the school on the north side of the current campus and take down the current building, which has 71 entrances, a sinking foundation, and multiple buildings. (Estimated cost: $124 million. This includes $99 million to rebuild the school, plus $25 million to furnish it.)

  • Palisade High School - Eliminate non-secure doors to connect all buildings under one roof, add fire sprinklers, create collaborative spaces, add six classrooms, and improve accessibility. ($12 million)

The work collectively would cost an estimated $189 million. If the bond measure passes for $179.5 million, the remaining $9.5 million would come from a combination of 2017 Bond Measure money that would otherwise be spent on a Grand Junction High School roofing project and currently unallocated bond premiums, interest, and projected savings from the 2017 Bond Measure.

The sole intention of this page is to provide factual information to the public and does not advocate for or against the bond measure on the Nov. 5 ballot. The decision is yours alone to make.

PROS AND CONS, PER THE MESA COUNTY CLERK AND RECORDER

PROS


1. Voting Yes on 4A will replace Grand Junction High School. Built in 1956, the school was constructed on an unsound foundation and is literally sinking into the ground. It is past time we replace the school to provide kids the education they deserve with modern classrooms that prepare them for the jobs of the 21st Century.

2. Voting Yes on 4A will secure all four high schools. Safety is a top priority in schools today and voting Yes on 4A will eliminate more than 120 non-secure entrance points district-wide. By bringing all academic buildings under one roof, each high school will have a single, secure point of entry and exit - the most effective way to stop unwanted, dangerous intruders into our schools.

3. In addition to securing all four high schools, 4A will conduct core infrastructure repairs in Central, Fruita, and Palisade high schools to extend the lives of each school another 25 years.

4. 4A is a smart financial investment. For only $6.67 a month for the median, $300,000 homeowner in Mesa County, 4A will replace Grand Junction High School, secure all of our high schools, and build additional, modern classrooms to expand trade training, advanced STEM, and agriculture programs district-wide. Construction costs continue to rise and this is the most cost effective opportunity District 51 will have to replace Grand Junction High School. In addition, the District will save $5 million in construction costs slated for the current Grand Junction High School.

5. To accommodate the Valley’s growing population, 4A will build additional classrooms in Central, Fruita, and Palisade high schools. These classrooms will expand educational opportunities for students in the vocational tech and apprentice programs, the agriculture program, and advanced STEM programs and prepare kids for the jobs of the 21st Century.

6. Strong schools are the foundation of strong communities. One out of two students in District 51 decide to pursue a college degree. We need to make sure our workforce is prepared for the job market when they graduate and that businesses seeking to move to Grand Junction have adequate schools to attract employees.

7. As protocol dictates, the District 51 Board will put out a ‘Request for Proposal’ seeking the most cost-effective proposals in a regional search. In past bond measures, more than 90% of the labor and construction costs stayed local, providing a significant boost to our local economy.

CONS

No comments were filed by the constitutional deadline.

Have a question? Email D51 at communicate@d51schools.org.

2017 Bond and Mill Levy Override


2019 Bond Project Status Update by School
05/10/2019
See which bond projects have been started, finished, and are coming next, plus how much of the 2017 Bond Measure funding has been invested in each school as of March 31, 2019.
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Bond Bidding Opportunities
10/03/2018
Click here to see bidding information for bond projects.
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Bond and Mill Levy Override Financial Transparency
04/18/2018
Click here to see more information on plans for the funds from the bond and mill levy override, and what purchases have been made.
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Bond and Mill Projects and Purchases Timeline
11/29/2017
Construction and maintenance projects funded by the bond measure will begin in 2018.
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2017 Bond and Mill Levy Override Information
11/15/2017
3A & 3B information, and frequently asked questions about school district funding and elections.
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