South Jordan councilman proposes split from Jordan School District

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  • ExecutorIoh West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 9:47 a.m.

    South Jordan needs a new high school, middle school, and two elementary schools? If they split, then they will need a new administration building, auxiliary services building, and bus yard, plus admin salaries will be paid for only South Jordan residents rather than spread across several cities. There is no way that you can split and save money on this South Jordan. Please don't shoot yourselves in the feet with this idea. It can't possibly work out well.

  • teachem south jrordan, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    Too bad the comments and the news reports don't mention how a decision (either way) will effect students learning. Might get more attention and more people weighing in on the decision (voters) if this piece was added to the discussion. Curious why this is generally omitted? Is it because the writers do not know the effect, they don't want to report it, or that it could damage their agenda? Shouldn't our greatest concern be the education of the children in our community?

  • mominthetrenches South Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 20, 2013 2:39 a.m.

    I think SoJo Can afford it. The question is whether or not it's in the best interest of the children because there are a lot more complicated issues surrounding it all. I think at some time in the future, when the growth has stopped, they should address it again. It will eventually have to happen as the cities here in the SW part of the Valley continue to grow.

  • Z South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 19, 2013 1:10 p.m.

    The misbegotten political experiment that created the Canyons district has passed, and you can no longer simply 'divorce' the rest of your school district. Even if South Jordan wants to leave, there is no way the rest of the district will let them go, because that is where most of the remaining tax base is. Sorry, neighbors, we are in it for the long haul. We are better off fixing the district we have than trying to take our ball and go home.

  • thojo1691 Herriman/Salt Lake, UT
    Nov. 19, 2013 12:39 p.m.

    Councilman Chuck Newton says that the city can do it better and build new schools without raising taxes. Interesting that that is exactly what was said by Canyons District. They found out just 6 months into the creation of the new district that they needed to raise taxes because they had not taken into account that they needed to build district offices, support a new administration, buy software to take care of student records and accounting systems... and the list goes on and on. It just is not as simple or easy as many people think. To even know how complex and costly it would be, and get the estimate right would be a major project that will not be without significant costs in both time and money.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 19, 2013 12:31 p.m.

    Who is going to pay for the duplicate services: teachers, administrators, buses, sports gear, etc., etc., etc.?

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Nov. 19, 2013 11:05 a.m.

    Maybe Jordan School District needs to ask themselves why everybody wants to leave them....

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 19, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    A city with a stable population would be nuts to want to remain in a School District with new bedroom communities. But South Jordan, like its southwest salt lake county neighbors is still rapidly expanding. New development always requires additional education taxes.

  • Seek to understand Sandy, UT
    Nov. 19, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    Perhaps a charter school could pick up the need for additional schools? The district saves substantially for each student they send to a charter school as they only have to pay 25% of the local dollars they collect for those students and are allowed to keep 75%. This shifts the responsibility to the state, so more is taken from the income tax to pay for those students as opposed to the local property tax. In high growth areas of the state, this could be a helpful strategy.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 19, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    These studies always look great on paper, but when it comes to implementation it always ends up costing more than anticipated. Jordan School District found that out the hard way... As did my home town of Cottonwood Heights; that's how they ended up with their own police department. They felt the (then) Sheriff's department was slow to respond to calls in the area after Cottonwood Heights incorporated, so they thought they could run their own department for less money and improve the quality of service. Now the department is sucking city funds, and numerous people are upset with the department.

    I'm not saying SoJo shouldn't create their own school district, but I just hope city officials and residents will strongly consider it before adding another layer of governance/administration to their community. Given their proximity to Sandy, they should maybe consider joining Canyons School District and see if their needs would be better met there...

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    Nov. 18, 2013 11:00 p.m.

    Starting to sound like JSD is a sinking ship, and everybody is making off with the lifeboats!

  • durwood kirby South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 18, 2013 10:15 p.m.

    Yup, just another set of administrators to pay.

  • Utah Teacher Orem, UT
    Nov. 18, 2013 9:53 p.m.

    Interesting. The last split didn't turn out so well for Jordan then the voters kill the bond to build more schools. Now this group wants to split off.

    What a mess.