SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Construction is booming in the Southwest end of the Salt Lake Valley, which is good for Utah's economy, but it's putting pressure on area schools. Right now the Jordan School District rapidly trying to expand to accomodate all the growth.
Home builders are keeping busy in the Southwest end of the Salt Lake valley. To some, more homes are popping here than ever before. While the growth may be good for construction, but it's moving too quickly for schools in the Jordan School District.
"We've continued to experience student growth even when the economy slowed down and we anticipate growth of up to 29,000 students over the next 10 years," said Anthony Godfrey, Jordan School District Representative.
Because so many people are moving in, the Jordan School District anticipates it will need to build 19 new schools just to keep up.
"The board wants input form the community before making any informed decision about how to manage the growth," said Godfrey.
That's why Reporter Brian Carlson showed parents in the District a survey administrators are asking everyone to take which explains the options. One thing the District wants to know - Would parents be willing to pay for a bond either as low at $280 million dollars over three years, or as high as 960 million dollars over 10 years?
"I would support a bond," said Christine Young, parent.
"I think that with the number of kids that we have, were probably going to have increase the money that's spent per kid," said Karen Powell, parent.
"It costs money to educate kids," said Laurlyn Berry, parent.
"Yah, I'd be in favor of bonding, it just depends on how much. Let's try and make it as make as little as possible," said David Young, parent.
While parents may not have to make any final decisions yet, the sooner houses go up, the sooner administrators will need parents to support a plan to accommodate the growth.
The Jordan School District is hoping all parents within the district fill out this survey no later than Saturday at midnight. The District is hoping to use the results in a town hall style meeting next Tuesday at Riverton High School at 7:00 p.m. If you want to fill out the survey, click on the link embedded in this story labeled "Jordan School District Survey."
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