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.
Yup, just another set of administrators to pay.
Starting to sound like JSD is a sinking ship, and everybody is making off with
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...
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
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.
Maybe Jordan School District needs to ask themselves why everybody wants to
Who is going to pay for the duplicate services: teachers, administrators, buses,
sports gear, etc., etc., etc.?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.