@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 2What 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.
"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.
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.
@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...
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.
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.
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.