Columbine Middle School's Principal reacts to passed mill levy

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MONTROSE, Colo. (KJCT) -- In the summer of 2018, students and staff of Columbine Middle School in Montrose will be moving.

Last week, Montrose residents passed ballot issue 3A with a majority, 54 percent vote.

So, in addition to a $12 million Building Excellent Schools Today (B.E.S.T.) grant from the Colorado Department of Education, the community will contribute a little more than $21 million to the replacement of Columbine Middle School.

Principal Ben Stephenson said the building, dating back to the 1960's, passed the point of repair years ago.

"I can't tell you how happy we are about it. We are going to treat this money with absolute respect. And it's going to be transparent and people are going to understand, 'Ok this is why they're doing it, this is where the money is going to be spent',” said Ben Stephenson, Principal of Columbine Middle School.

The new school will be built on the same property as the current school.

The school district plans to break ground in May of 2017 and expects construction to take about 14 months.

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