Where GJHS stands after measure 4A does not pass

Published: Nov. 6, 2019 at 10:35 PM MST
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Issue 4A did not pass the ballots on Tuesday, meaning Grand Junction High School will not be rebuilt. Palisade, Central and Fruita Monument- not getting immediate updates. Some students say it was the buzz on campus today.

“There’s just a point where a building can no longer be used anymore,” says GJHS student, Savannah Bell. “The auditorium is just falling apart. One classroom last year didn’t have a fire alarm, it didn’t have a speaker; so there’s safety issues there,”

The bond was looking for $179 million for maintenance on four of the local high schools. It would have allowed a mill increase in property taxes for those living in the county.

“There was a long study to determine what the content of the bond election should be. So we’re disappointed because we know the needs are not going away,” says D51 Superintendent, Dr. Diana Sirko.

“I was surprised by the results for sure and it’s a loss for our whole community really,” says parent, Angela Christensen.

In the meantime the district says they will be looking at data and researching what they did right and what they could have done differently on this proposal.

“Because the needs are not going to change. In fact they are going to get worse over time and the cost will become greater,” says Sirko, “We want to talk to people who are comfortable talking about why they voted no so we can look at what are things that we should have done differently or done better,”

The district says they will have to decide on how and if this proposal will be put on ballots in the next election.