Jordan School Board trims bond to $495 million, calls for public vote

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  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    Aug. 7, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    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.

  • Play Nice Herriman, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 10:46 a.m.

    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 When was the last time a tax has been rescinded in this valley?

  • Independent Thinker West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 7:28 a.m.

    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.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 1:00 a.m.

    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!

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 8:19 p.m.


    Who 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?

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 7:49 p.m.

    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!