Christensen talks about plans for middle school, intermediate school

Fourth in a series – existing middle school, intermediate school

Voters in the Greene County Community School District will be asked at the regular school election Sept. 8 to approve a $20 million bond issue for construction to create a campus for grades 5-12 at the current high school site, and to add classroom space at the elementary school. Total cost of the project is $22.8 million. The levy rate would increase $2.70 (per thousand dollars of taxable value).

The school in early July released a lengthy set of questions and answers about the project. To review that document, click here.

Superintendent Tim Christensen also answered more detailed questions about specific parts of the project. Following are his answers to questions about the existing middle school and intermediate school (former East Greene school).

Q. What efforts have been made to sell and/or repurpose the two existing schools that would be vacated

A. No specific plans have been made at this time.

Q. How does that effort compare to the precedent set in Scranton and Rippey?

A. At some level, both the Scranton and Rippey buildings were looked at in a similar manner. The question is asked whether there is anyone interested in repurposing the building. If arrangements cannot be made, demolition of all or part of the buildings would be necessary.

Q. What guarantee would Grand Junction residents have that the building there wouldn’t become a blight?

A. If arrangements cannot be made to repurpose the building, demolition of all or part of the building will be the other option.

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