No please don't tear down my elementary school. Renovations would be much
easier and cheaper than tearing it down and rebuilding it. the building is only
31 years old. Thats nothing.
To the Jordan School Board; Please go back to the table and consider the
following:1. Do away with the portion of the District Transportation
Dept. that buses students to school and to activities. 2. Make a contract
with the Utah Transportation Authority to provide all of the Jordan School
District student busing needs. Extra curricular needs could be
contracted out on an individual basis. This will do away with the
purchase of buses and the garages and the maintenance and the fuel costs. Place
the bus drivers, or others, on the UTA buses for security for the kids using
UTA. This would increase the ability of all residents of Jordan School District
to travel by bus or rail. This would make me feel better about
supporting a bond at this time. It seems they always want to raise taxes. When
was the last time a tax has been rescinded in this valley?
Many JSD residents won't vote for this bond until the JSD Board gets their
spending under control. The enormous waste in land purchases, unnecessary
amenities, sprawling buildings, unused campus greenbelts, and water usage are
easily identifiable areas where millions could be trimmed. Inefficiencies in
operations, personnel, and scheduling offer other opportunities for cost
cutting. It often seems JSD sacrifices the best interests of
students in order to preserve the above. Cutting back on educational tools is
penny wise and pound foolish. Students deserve up-to-date equipment, curricula,
and instruction in order to move through the system without hitches. But since
the bond is focusing on capital costs, we need a paradigm shift in thinking
about facilities and how they function.
Jordan School District Patsi Johnson is the right person to be in this key
position. She has successfully gone through this process before when the Clark
County School District (where she was an assistant superintendent) endured even
faster and more demanding growth.If she has determined we need this
bond, then there is no doubt that we do!
@1conservativeWho is having all the children? Are the district
board members producing 2000 children per year? Are the teachers in the
district producing 2000 children per year? I'm pretty sure it is the
residents of the district. School are already on year-round schedules and have
multiple portable classrooms around them. My wife's elementary school has
1300 students. Whose children are these?
Its going to be a pretty tough sell in this economy.Most of the
people I know in Jordan district already pay between 1300-1700 per yr. in
property taxes. This bond (if approved) would raise taxes between 15-20%.Workers being told they are now "part-time", unknown costs of
medical care, unknown how much more growth will occur, are all reasons to be
skeptical.Ask for a bond of maybe 100m and come back later when the
economy stabilizes?Or, the school board could always go ask the
county or their various cities to reduce their tax burden a proportional
share?Good luck with that, ALL forms of government thinks
they're the only ones that matter!