The easiest way to understand why the new Orchard Mesa Middle School should be a game-changer for Mesa County Valley School District 51 is to see it with your own eyes.

A community open house on Jan. 15 affords anyone the opportunity to tour the just-opened school and imagine the direction our schools could be headed with a little help from property owners.

It’s a shame the school wasn’t completed before voters decided to reject the latest school bond measure to fund improvements at the district’s high schools. We think it might have changed some voters’ minds about what the district was hoping to accomplish with the $179.5 million capital construction plan.

Read more at The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

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