Teachers from the Kauri Sue Hamilton School hopped on bicycles from their homes in Salt Lake City, Kearns and Cottonwood Heights, ready to make the trek to work in Riverton. It was one way for educators to do what they do best, ‘educate’ others on ways to help improve air quality in the Salt Lake Valley. Some of the teachers make the ride to school in Riverton on a daily basis. This ride was also an opportunity to say thanks to Riverton Mayor Bill Applegarth for making bike-friendly improvements along 2700 West, (which goes right in front of the Kauri Sue Hamilton School.) All of the bicycle riders met in the parking lot of Taylor’s Bike Shop and rode the final eight blocks to school together. We applaud these educators for doing their part to inspire others and make a difference! See more photos in the Deseret News.
School bus drivers from around the state of Utah will gather over the weekend for a rodeo unlike any other. This one involved the maneuvers and mechanics of driving a school bus. The annual School Bus Rodeo and Utah State Safety Skills Competition was held at the Jordan School District Transportation Office and bus yard in West Jordan. Bus drivers had to go through a number of prepared obstacle courses among other challenges to test their driving skills. Trophies were awarded for expert, intermediate and novice drivers. Congratulations to these Jordan School District drivers Marcus Swainston, Robert Leinbach and Brent Welker,who won in the novice division, while Lonnie Snyder won in the intermediate category! Check out the news coverage in the links below.
Special needs students from schools throughout the Jordan School District laced up their shoes and hit the track and field for a variety of events competing in the annual Special Needs Sports Day. This is something the students train for and look forward to all year long. This year there were about 370 competitors hoping to take home gold, silver or bronze metals. Every student walked away with an award, because in this competition every child is a winner. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.
In the coming months frequently asked questions about the proposed bond may appear here as Bond Fact Friday.
Q: What are you doing about growth at Copper Hills High and Sunset Ridge Middle?
A: Research from Davis Demographics shows that over the next five years, Sunset Ridge Middle is projected to grow by 6.6% or 104 students. West Hills Middle is projected to decline in enrollment by nearly 9.5% or 111 students. We feel between these two schools we would be able to accommodate these fluctuations in student enrollment with portable buildings or, if needed, boundary adjustments. In contrast, Copper Mountain Middle is projected to grow by 111% or 1,420 students.
Similarly, Copper Hills High is projected to grow by 3.7% or another 99 students over the next five years. Herriman High is projected to grow by 82% or 2,158 students. Long-term, we will need additional schools in west West Jordan. However, projections show within the short-term, we have capacity at neighboring schools to accommodate the growth.
The graphs below illustrate the difference in projected growth between the Herriman and the Copper Hills feeder systems.
The Board of Education has asked staff to move forward planning for a proposed $245 million bond for the November 2016 general election. Please visit our special bond website at jordanbond.org. We encourage all parents and taxpayers to contact us through the bond website with questions so we can respond with accurate information. There is also a bond hotline you can call at 801-567-8705.
Here are a few Fast Facts about the bond:
- The amount of the proposed bond is $245 million
- The proposed bond is for 6 new schools, which includes rebuilding West Jordan Middle
- The average homeowner will pay $16.80 more per year
- Within a few years, taxes for the bond will gradually go back down to below what you are paying today
- 9,251 new students are projected to enroll in the District by the 2021-22 school year