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.

The potential bond measure would pay for a new Grand Junction High School and improvements at Central, Palisade and Fruita Monument high schools that would "make them safer and eliminate multiple exterior doors on each campus," according to spokeswoman Emily Shockley.

The changes at Fruita Monument would include adding classrooms and allow the school to go back to a traditional, four-grade high school and for the middle schools to go back to three-grade schools. Currently, Fruita Middle School teaches grades 6-7, Fruita 8/9 School teaches grades 8-9 and Fruita Monument teaches 10th-12th graders.

School board members first considered replacing Grand Junction High School when drafting the 2017 bond measure, but ultimately decided not to add it because it would raise the bond measure's cost by nearly $100 million.

The meeting is set for 5 p.m. in the boardroom at R-5 High School, 422 N 22nd St.

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