Jordan School Board considering $500 million bond for new buildings, renovations

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  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    @The Sensible Middle

    "What is the rush to build all these schools? First I wouIld put trailers at exist in schools. If that doesn't prove sufficient I would implement your round schools."

    My spouse is a teacher at a school in Jordan School District. They are on a year-round schedule - school started last week. They also have ten "trailers" at their school already. They also have 1300 students and eight sessions of Kindergarten, which means 8 first grade classes next year, etc. What more would you like the school district to do? The parents continually complain about the year-round schedule and complain about how crowded everything is - as if they have no responsibility for the root cause.

    @DN Subscriber 2

    What about the schools that are already on year-round schedules and bursting at the seams? What's your solution? I guess they can hold classes out on the lawn.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 1:14 p.m.

    "Big Education" in Utah has an entitlement mentality, and demands that the peasants fork over their hard earned dollars for whatever the educrats demand. Any opposition is countered by the tired old "do it for the children" and our kids will grow up stupid if you don't fund my projects.

    Jordan probably does need additional schools. But, they probably can do with fewer people in their huge bureaucracy, can do with less plush accommodations, and adopting year round schools.

    Remember, as the student population grows, there is a corresponding increase in the number of homes in the district to be taxed, and people paying all the other state taxes. Therefore, they should be able to fund much of their legitimate needs from the increased revenue streams, NOT increased taxes, and borrowed money.

  • birder Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 10:39 a.m.

    There are a lot of goofy things that happen in regards to school funding. What has happened more than once in Jordan District is that the district has poured loads of money into an old school, only to come in and tear it down the next year. Total waste of money. Year-round schools seem to be a good solution, but most parents hate year-round - especially when they have kids in elementary, middle school, and high school that are all on different schedules. It messes up their vacations.

    And working parents hate double-sessions because of child care issues. Parents also fight busing and boundary changes to better utilize schools that are not full. They want their kids in the neighborhood school, which is understandable. So what's left? tax increases and bonding.
    Oh, am I just rambling without any real knowledge? No - I work for a school district.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 8:41 a.m.

    @My2Cents - You raise some very valid points. But this is a school district bond. The burden is spread over more than one city, and includes some of the largest cities in the valley/state. I agree they need to upgrade and accommodate for growth, but I really hope they've done their homework and found this to be the best option...

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 4:10 a.m.

    This is overkill over the top insulting contempt for the tax payers and the economy of Utah where strife and poverty are the way of life and is forcing americans to work multiple jobs just to survive.

    Bonding half a billion is more than the state budget for all government. How can they justify this kind of budget for a single year? How do they plan to repay the bond in 5 years and keep school open?

    Cities have found a cash cow by over bonding the public for other uses to avoid fighting the public to fund every social plan in advance. They over bonded the new SLC government building by $50 million to fund pet projects not related to the new building.

    The economic future of Utah is bleak and so are jobs tax revenue. So what happens when they borrow this $500 million dollars and can't pay it back, another bankrupt city? Or taxation forcing the desertion of citizens? Do they get deferred payment loans from banks?

    Its time for laws to cap bonds and debt by schools and other agency uses so they cannot exceed revenue or budgeted funds for any given year or project.

  • Zadruga Guy West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 6:31 p.m.

    I am very much in favor of the bond and I plan to vote for it. That said, I am puzzled about why the district is opposed to pursuing increased year-round schooling. Year-round schooling is good for students, helping them to avoid having to be retaught in the fall what they forgot from the prior year. Year-round schooling does not have to be used in a multi-track format. Other parts of the country have year-round schools that operate on a single track, enabling all families to be on the same schedule.

  • The Sensible Middle Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 6:04 p.m.

    What is the rush to build all these schools? First I wouIld put trailers at exist in schools. If that doesn't prove sufficient I would implement your round schools. As a last resort I would implement double sessions. There is no need to have this large of a bond especially all at once. Take the less expensive road first and see how that works out.