October 19, 2021

To whom it may concern,

On behalf of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP), I am proud to support the passing of the
School District 51 Bond 4B to rebuild Grand Junction High School.

As the official economic development organization for Mesa County, Colorado, we work very closely
with School District 51 and understand the critical role of K-12 Education in the economic
development efforts of our community. As such, we have been extremely pleased with the
partnership we have had over the years with District 51 and highly respect the leadership role they
play as they educate the workforce of the future.

The safe education of Mesa County’s students is an utmost priority of our organization. The Grand
Junction High School’s building is over 65 years old and has numerous safety concerns, including but not
limited to asbestos exposure, sinking infrastructure, a plethora of entrances, and extensive rain damage.
The School District 51 Board of Education has gone through the necessary steps to provide the voter a
cost-effective and transparent bond measure with the sole purpose of rebuilding Grand Junction High
School, and the District will only borrow up to the amount approved by the voters. The School District
used an advisory group drawn from expert community members to find numerous ways to make the
project more fiscally efficient and adopted many of those recommendations.

A new Grand Junction High School would not only provide the necessary infrastructure for students to
continue to thrive academically, but would also serve as a hub for the community and aid in the growth
of our economy by attracting and retaining a variety of businesses, healthcare professionals, and families.
We look forward to supporting Mesa County Valley School District 51 in all of its future endeavors
and anticipate continued success as it institutes cutting-edge practices to benefit those most in need.


Steve Jozefczyk
GJEP Deputy Director/Interim Executive Director