Measure to build new high school does not pass

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)- Issue 4A, which, if past, would have replaced Grand Junction High School, did not pass the ballots on Election Day. There were 24,078 votes against the measure, while only 21,485 were in favor of it.

In a statement, Mesa County Valley District 51 says, "We would like to thank those who supported measure 4A and our schools. We are sad with tonight's results. Students always have been and always will be our priority.
These needs aren't going to go away. But we are committed to making our schools as safe and welcoming as possible."

On the morning after the election, they posted the following.

In a brief summary, this measure was a bond that requested $179 million for maintenance on four of the local high schools. It would have allowed a mill increase in property taxes that would have payed for the bond.

The campaign told us it would have replaced Grand Junction High School and then invest money in Central, Fruita and Palisade to further expand them and bring them up to code.

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