Resized Utah District Keeps Growing

Sept. 1, 2013
Four years ago, the Jordan (Utah) District lost of sizable chunk of its area, and about 30,000 students, when residents of the eastern side of the school system voted to break off and form the Canyons district.

Four years ago, the Jordan (Utah) District lost of sizable chunk of its area, and about 30,000 students, when residents of the eastern side of the school system voted to break off and form the Canyons district.

But the land that remains within the Jordan system continues to see growth—officials project that the district, which now has about 52,000 students, will add 29,000 to its numbers in the next 10 years. To accommodate that many students, the Jordan district estimates that it will need as many as 19 additional schools.

The school board has decided to begin addressing those space needs by placing a $495 million bond request on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Among the projects that would be paid for with the bond funds: construction of eight elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school; reconstruction of one middle and one elementary school; acquisition of sites for future schools; installation of air conditioning at all schools that don’t yet have it; and renovation of many existing campuses.

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