GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
A university president may retire, but the vision to enrich the lives of our future leaders never ends for an educator. Former Colorado Mesa University President, Tim Foster says, “You’re really talking about giving teachers better tools, and students really, a better experience.”
Foster is now the co-chair for Citizens for School District 51, a campaign aimed at an issue defying all political categories: replacing the Grand Junction High School, and renovating the east gym and art building. “It’s knocking on doors, it’s calling people, it’s sending them material. all those sorts of things you do in a normal campaign,” said Foster.
The District 51 school board forwarded the $115 million bond and tax measure on the November 2nd ballot. Foster says, “Roads are important, sewer’s important, all that infrastructure, but human infrastructure is the most important. And so, educating our kids in this community at a high level is the number one goal in my mind.”
Two questions have to be answered before the 65 year old high school can be replaced. One: will city council adopt the resolution to support the ballot measure? Two, and most importantly: will citizens vote yes in November for the tax increase to pay for it? Foster says, “We’ve shrunk the price tag way down, it’s only Grand Junction High School, and if in fact the bond question, and they can only borrow what the bond question states which is $115 million, if the school costs less than that then any of those proceeds go back to reducing the balance on the bonds.”
Former CMU President Tim Foster says if everything goes according to plan, the new Grand Junction High School building construction could break ground as soon as the Spring of 2022.
The city council meeting discussing the adoption or decline of the resolution is on Wednesday night.