OMMS officially opens with ribbon cutting

OMMS officially opens with ribbon cutting
Posted on 01/09/2020
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Grand Junction, CO – Students and staff opened the first day in the new Orchard Mesa Middle School today, Jan. 9, 2020, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the school’s Commons. Members of the public are invited to tour the new building at a Community Open House from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at 2736 C Road.

The new building is just south of the old building(s) at 2736 C Road and comprises 99,506-square feet of classroom and learning space. Features of the new Orchard Mesa Middle School include:

• A security vestibule at the only public entrance to the building to improve student safety

• A flexible commons area that can accommodate cafeteria seating or double as an auditorium with a stage and wide stairs that can be used as seating

• A two-story media center

• A gym and an auxiliary gym/wrestling room

• Classrooms for STEM exploration and an outdoor classroom

Superintendent Diana Sirko, School Board Vice President Paul Pitton, OMMS Student Body President Max Wilson and Principal Susan Birdsey all spoke at the ribbon cutting, thanking everyone for their hard work and celebrating the wonderful new building.

“It’s an exciting moment in the history of our school district and the Orchard Mesa community,” Dr. Sirko said. “We know that a culture and climate for learning are really facilitated by the facilities themselves. It has to create a place that is attractive and bright and brings the wonderful energy that you’ll see day in and day out.”

“This building is designed to give you state-of-the-art education that will take you up to a future that’s waiting just for you. Take advantage of it and take care of this school and take pride in it,” said Mr. Pitton.

Distinguished guests at the ribbon cutting included representatives from businesses that worked on the school, including FCI, Blythe Group, Pinnacle Glass Company, NV5, Overhead Door Co. of Grand Junction, and Kruger Roofing, as well as Julia Fitzpatrick, the Colorado Department of Education’s Regional Program Manager for the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant program in the northwest region of Colorado.

The new building would not be possible without a $13.9 million matching grant from the state’s BEST grant fund as well as the voters of Mesa County, who approved the 2017 Bond Measure, which paid the remaining cost for the $40 million OMMS design, construction and furnishing project. The 2017 Bond Measure is funded by property owners repaying bonds sold on the district’s behalf, and BEST grants are funded by a combination of State Land Trust proceeds, marijuana excise tax revenue, lottery funds, and interest.

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