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All options on the table for Jordan School District

WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Voters in the Jordan School District spoke loud and clear when they turned down a multi-million dollar bond to build new schools.
Jordan School District
Jordan School District
WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Voters in the Jordan School District spoke loud and clear when they turned down a multimillion dollar bond to build new schools.

Now, one of the fastest growing districts in the state is working on a new plan, as it prepares to welcome another 12,000 students in the next five years.

67% voted against the $495,000,000 bond.

Father, Chris Schouten was one who did not support it.

"The money needed to fund that bond would have come out of the pockets of those who are already struggling to make it, like myself and really can't afford such a large measure to be put on the table," said Schouten.

The bond would have funded 11 new schools, two rebuilds and other renovation projects.

"Now we go on to plan b. The children aren't going to stop coming, so we have to keep educating," said District Director of Communications, Sandy Riesgraf.

That back up plan means the district will have to manage growth with what it has.

"So, now we start to make some difficult decisions," said Riesgraf.

Decisions like boundary changes, more year round schools and more portable classrooms.

More drastic options are on the table as well, pocket busing is one of them.

"Children in really high growth areas, like Herriman, would be bussed past their neighborhood school, where there are no seats, to perhaps West Jordan, where we do have schools with a few seats," said Riesgraf.

Another option is double sessions, where you turn one school into two.

"One school that starts at 6:30 in the morning and goes to 12:30 in the afternoon. Then a second school of kids come in and they go from 12:30 until about 7:30 at night," said Riesgraf.

Desperate times calling for desperate measures.

"That's tough on parents, we realize that, but these are the real options we have to consider now," said Riesgraf.

Schouten doesn't doubt the need to plan for growth in the district.

He doubts the price tag on this bond and says if it would have been lower it would have had a better chance.

"I think if they would have been a little more realistic and something that would not have impacted the community and parents it probably would have passed. I think they just got a little too ambitious with the goal they put forth," said Schouten.

Two citizen advisory committees are now looking into all the options.

They will make recommendations to the School Board, which will make the final decisions on how to move forward.

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