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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 31 2013 9:55 a.m. MST

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rmk
South Jordan, UT

I think what you really have here is a district administration that is mad that people didn't want a 50 percent tax increase for the bond issue. For some reason this district doesn't think they should spend property tax money on schools only bond money. They build these small schools where you have multiple schools within walking distance of each other. We split the district and didn't cut the district office staff, so we have too many to pay for. We have politicians that were lobbied by builders to take away impact fees so these people build homes and think they are entitled to the schools they didn't pay for. Time for the residents on the east side of bangerter to break off into their own district and let the new homes, pay to build the schools they need.

Social Mod Fiscal Con
West Jordan, UT

Those of us who paid attention during the fight to avoid the bond (and related property tax increase), knew that this was the only possible next step. People, we can't have it both ways. Either we pay a ton extra in taxes to cover the cost of new schools, or we accept the fact that District we need to get smarter and tighter with the money we do give it.

squirt
Taylorsville, ut

It is unbelievable to me that the folks who voted against the bond are now upset that the district needs to address the overcrowding issues with redistricting the boundaries. What did you think would happen?
The district has to do something to address the needs of the students. It is time that folks in this area quit listening to the likes of Senator Stephenson and step up to call for the legislature to adequately fund our public schools.

EJM
Herriman, UT

Do some folks really think the district is being ticked off because the bond issue didn't go thru? Come on now. If you don't bond then you can't plan for future growth effectively. You have to redraw boundary lines. No one gets what they want. Whatever happened to doing the right thing for the greater good? The bond would have done that. We have become so dang selfish.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

My wife teaches in Herriman and the parents are LIVID at the proposed boundary changes for the new elementary school. The school she is at has 1300 students - some need to go to the new school, but people are up in arms that it might be their part of the neighborhood that gets shift to the new school. Unbelievable.

DEW
Sandy, UT

How about put in another vote to split up the district again by have north and sorth diestricts. Babies boomers are more in the south. What do you say?

Shawnm750
West Jordan, UT

@rmk - "Time for the residents on the east side of bangerter to break off into their own district and let the new homes, pay to build the schools they need." That's how we ended up with Canyons School District. The answer is not to form a whole new district because that's not going to be any cheaper.

These boundary changes were coming no matter what. The district's face-saving solution would've been to have the bond pass so they could at least say "It's only temporary until we get these new building projects completed..." But, that was a half-billion dollar gamble that didn't pan out. The district is going to have to get creative. It may mean leasing out some other space (like old West Jordan library that's currently sitting empty...) Or, some cities could opt to break off and join other districts, better suited to accommodate their growth. But no matter how you slice it, the district's in need of some good leadership, and residents need to really ask if the people they have now are up to the task... 8^\

teachermom6
Northern Utah, UT

People did not vote for a bond to build more schools. What do you expect? (Although I do not teach in the Jordan district, I have a large class size. I can't even imagine with new growth on the west side what class sizes must be like.) This is why Canyons district split from Jordan, parents were concerned that their needs were not being met because all of the money was drained to the explosive growth on the west side. The west side no longer has the empty-nesters paying for their schools and reality has finally kicked in! You can not have your cake and eat it too!

Noodlekaboodle
Poplar Grove, UT

teachermom6
How bout the fact that I am paying for the debt from the old Jordan District even though I live in SLC and my kid goes to a Salt Lake District school? We didn't vote for you to even have a petty little power struggle, why do I have to pay for the destruction from it on my taxes?

mcclark
Salt Lake City, UT

So you don't want to pay for new schools, then you complain because there are not enough schools.

The Balloonatic
Taylorsville, UT

Other options are online charter schools with some organized extracurricular activities. Space is unlimited. It's nit for everyone, but if there's a stay at home parent who likes to spend time with his or her kids, it may be a good thing.

trekker
Salt Lake, UT

Time to implement impact fees, or maybe Kennecott land and other developers should help since they developed daybreak etc and created this crowing. Maybe shifting grades would help move 9th into the high schools and remove 6th from the elementary schools put them in the middle schools. Makes sense 9th is counted as high school credit.

mominthetrenches
South Jordan, Utah

I have been attending open houses and meetings about the growth issues for a year now...some of these comments and this story is laughable. Where have all of you been for the last year when all of this has been discussed? Your school board and elected officials have been very clear about their timeline and do have to keep kids safe by next year, bond or no bond. I follow multiple Facebook discussion groups about this topic. Educate yourselves and know that going BACK to a year-round schedule and re-routing some students to the next-nearest school was not meant to target or inconvenience you and you alone. The alternatives have been posted for several months on the JSD website, ranging from mild to extreme. This is how it is here in this part of the Valley--if you don't like it, maybe you should consider moving. We have 4 kids and think about it all the time. Talk to your reps, help out or shut it cause the growth is going to continue.

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