I think what you really have here is a district administration that is mad that
people didn't want a 50 percent tax increase for the bond issue. For some
reason this district doesn't think they should spend property tax money on
schools only bond money. They build these small schools where you have multiple
schools within walking distance of each other. We split the district and
didn't cut the district office staff, so we have too many to pay for. We
have politicians that were lobbied by builders to take away impact fees so these
people build homes and think they are entitled to the schools they didn't
pay for. Time for the residents on the east side of bangerter to break off into
their own district and let the new homes, pay to build the schools they need.
Those of us who paid attention during the fight to avoid the bond (and related
property tax increase), knew that this was the only possible next step. People,
we can't have it both ways. Either we pay a ton extra in taxes to cover
the cost of new schools, or we accept the fact that District we need to get
smarter and tighter with the money we do give it.
It is unbelievable to me that the folks who voted against the bond are now upset
that the district needs to address the overcrowding issues with redistricting
the boundaries. What did you think would happen?The district has to do
something to address the needs of the students. It is time that folks in this
area quit listening to the likes of Senator Stephenson and step up to call for
the legislature to adequately fund our public schools.
Do some folks really think the district is being ticked off because the bond
issue didn't go thru? Come on now. If you don't bond then you
can't plan for future growth effectively. You have to redraw boundary
lines. No one gets what they want. Whatever happened to doing the right thing
for the greater good? The bond would have done that. We have become so dang
My wife teaches in Herriman and the parents are LIVID at the proposed boundary
changes for the new elementary school. The school she is at has 1300 students -
some need to go to the new school, but people are up in arms that it might be
their part of the neighborhood that gets shift to the new school. Unbelievable.
How about put in another vote to split up the district again by have north and
sorth diestricts. Babies boomers are more in the south. What do you say?
@rmk - "Time for the residents on the east side of bangerter to break off
into their own district and let the new homes, pay to build the schools they
need." That's how we ended up with Canyons School District. The answer
is not to form a whole new district because that's not going to be any
cheaper.These boundary changes were coming no matter what. The
district's face-saving solution would've been to have the bond pass so
they could at least say "It's only temporary until we get these new
building projects completed..." But, that was a half-billion dollar gamble
that didn't pan out. The district is going to have to get creative. It may
mean leasing out some other space (like old West Jordan library that's
currently sitting empty...) Or, some cities could opt to break off and join
other districts, better suited to accommodate their growth. But no matter how
you slice it, the district's in need of some good leadership, and residents
need to really ask if the people they have now are up to the task... 8^\
People did not vote for a bond to build more schools. What do you expect?
(Although I do not teach in the Jordan district, I have a large class size. I
can't even imagine with new growth on the west side what class sizes must
be like.) This is why Canyons district split from Jordan, parents were
concerned that their needs were not being met because all of the money was
drained to the explosive growth on the west side. The west side no longer has
the empty-nesters paying for their schools and reality has finally kicked in!
You can not have your cake and eat it too!
teachermom6How bout the fact that I am paying for the debt from the old
Jordan District even though I live in SLC and my kid goes to a Salt Lake
District school? We didn't vote for you to even have a petty little power
struggle, why do I have to pay for the destruction from it on my taxes?
So you don't want to pay for new schools, then you complain because there
are not enough schools.
Other options are online charter schools with some organized extracurricular
activities. Space is unlimited. It's nit for everyone, but if
there's a stay at home parent who likes to spend time with his or her kids,
it may be a good thing.
Time to implement impact fees, or maybe Kennecott land and other developers
should help since they developed daybreak etc and created this crowing. Maybe
shifting grades would help move 9th into the high schools and remove 6th from
the elementary schools put them in the middle schools. Makes sense 9th is
counted as high school credit.
I have been attending open houses and meetings about the growth issues for a
year now...some of these comments and this story is laughable. Where have all
of you been for the last year when all of this has been discussed? Your school
board and elected officials have been very clear about their timeline and do
have to keep kids safe by next year, bond or no bond. I follow multiple
Facebook discussion groups about this topic. Educate yourselves and know that
going BACK to a year-round schedule and re-routing some students to the
next-nearest school was not meant to target or inconvenience you and you alone.
The alternatives have been posted for several months on the JSD website, ranging
from mild to extreme. This is how it is here in this part of the Valley--if you
don't like it, maybe you should consider moving. We have 4 kids and think
about it all the time. Talk to your reps, help out or shut it cause the growth
is going to continue.