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Jordan School District holds open house to gain bond support

HERRIMAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The Jordan School District is starting a campaign to gain support for a voter approved school bond. The district is struggling to keep up with growth and needs the money to build new schools.
HERRIMAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The Jordan School District is starting a campaign to gain support for a voter approved school bond. The district is struggling to keep up with growth and needs the money to build new schools.

You can hear it happening, more and more people are moving into the Southwest end of the Salt Lake Valley. It's creating an issue for students and schools in the Jordan School District.

"To be frank we don't have enough room to house them," said Janice Voorhies, Jordan School District Board Member.

That's why the District is asking for a $495 million dollar bond to build at least new 11 schools. It's also why school officials are beginning to hold information open houses like one Thursday night at Herriman High School. Board administrators want to parents to be on board with the bond.

"The reality is we deal with the growth that comes from these buildings," said one school official to parents.

"That seems essential to let people know what that involves, what are expectations are what it will cost them and give them as much information as possible," said Voorhies.

Administrators are teaching aspects like why the bond is necessary, the tax impact, alternative options, and where new schools will be built.

"So what area do you think the new high school is going to be built?" Reporter Brian Carlson asked.

"More than likely the high school will be somewhere in the (Daybreak) area to relieve pressure from Copper Hills and Bingham, and Herriman High," said Scott Thomas, Jordan School District, Administrator of Auxiliary Services.

Several parents Carlson talked to said they appreciate the District's effort to educate.

"I'm still somewhat undecided, but I understand the points that they're making, the issues that they have," said Marlan Platt, parent.

"I wasn't sure what it was all about, but I came and found out what it's all about," said Lisa Fish, parent.

"After talking to them I feel like the bond is going to be responsibly done. I feel good about supporting the bond, it just kind of firmed up my decision," said Bryan Call, parent.

The open house at Herriman High School was just the first of six. The next one is scheduled for next Tuesday at West Jordan High School. In each of these meetings, the district plans to make case to voters before the bond goes on the ballot Nov 5th.

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