WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The Jordan School District is hoping taxpayers can help them out of some major growing pains. Right now the District doesn't have enough schools to keep up with their area's population growth. So they're asking taxpayers to fund a multi-million dollar bond.
One look at the construction for the skads of houses in the southwest end of the Salt Lake Valley, brings administrators in the Jordan School District to one conclusion.
"We're growing so fast. It's not just growth out here, it's an explosion of growth," said Sandy Reisgraf, Jordan School District Director of Communications.
Sandy Reisgraf who represents the District said because of the population boom, area schools are bursting at the seems. Tuesday the school board approved a plan to ask taxpayers to approve a $495 million bond which would fund construction for 11 new schools.
"We would also tear down West Jordan Elementary School and West Jordan Middle School and rebuild," said Reisgraf.
Tuesday Reporter Brian Carlson spoke to taxpayers who would be voting on such a bond this November. Right now opinions are split.
"I think it's an absolute necessity," said Rob Gines, West Jordan resident.
"Maybe I'm not for it now, but we'll see," said Jay Thomas, West Jordan resident.
"We're in support of it," said Stephanie Billingsley, West Jordan resident.
Stephanie Billingsley's family has six young children, most are either attending or will attend both schools the District plans to replace. She hopes the bond passes.
"I think it would give me confidence that we would have a school here as long as our kids are going to it," said Billingsley.
That confidence is something the Jordan School District claims the bond will provide.
"Just providing a quality education, and continuing to provide a quality education that the children in this District deserve," said Reisgraf.
If you look at the numbers the bond would cost Jordan School District taxpayers $10 a month per every $100,000 value of their homes, for at least five years. The District plans to hold a public meeting about the bond sometime mid-September.
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