Bond Fact Friday: Who Benefits from Bonding & New Schools?

DSCN9812The District is proposing a $245 million dollar bond to build six new schools to help alleviate overcrowding in elementary and secondary schools that have some of the highest enrollments in the entire state. In fact, over the next five years, JSD is projected to grow by an additional 9,251 students.

Some people have asked who benefits (besides children and families) from bonding and building new schools? The answer is everyone. According to the Brookings Institute, a Washington D.C. think tank which conducts research on the impact of education in society, when you have strong educational opportunities everyone benefits. Here are a few examples:

  • People who are educated create a stronger more productive workforce.
  • New business and industry tend to locate in areas with an educated workforce.
  • An educated workforce helps communities thrive with stronger economic development.
  • Education leads to less crime in communities, raising the standard of living.
  • Seniors benefit in retirement when an educated workforce continues to contribute to social security and Medicare.

For more information about the proposed bond, visit jordanbond.org

You can also call our bond hotline at 801-567-8705

District’s ‘Farm to School’ Program Voted Best in State!

Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.32.22 PMIt’s that time of year when people really begin to enjoy fresh picked sweet corn, strawberries, watermelon and other produce fresh off the farm. And it happens for children served in our school cafeterias as well. That’s because for seven years now Nutrition Services has worked with local farmers to bring fresh produce into our schools in a program called ‘Farm to School.’ That program has become so popular in Jordan School District, it was recently given the USDA’s “One in a Melon” award for having the best ‘Farm to School’ program in the entire state of Utah. The USDA says when a school district adds fresh off the farm produce to cafeteria menus, children love it. And when students try new, fresh food there tends to be less waste and higher school breakfast and lunch participation rates. Congratulations on this healthy honor. Thanks to everyone involved including our local farmers who help to make the program possible.

Graduating Class of 2016 Headed for Success!

IMG_1459Students in the graduating class of 2016 are now embarking on a new chapter in their young lives. Many are on to colleges and universities in Utah and across the United States. This year many of those graduates are also getting a little help along the way in the form of scholarships. In fact, District-wide the class of 2016 was awarded a total of $28,498,258 in scholarships. Thanks to our dedicated counselors and school leaders who helped students apply for and receive the scholarship money. Good luck in all your pursuits!

Bond Fact Friday: Portable Classrooms Help with Growth

Screen Shot 2016-06-24 at 2.37.57 PMJordan School District is expected to grow by 9,251 students over the next five years. In order to accommodate that growth, we are proposing a $245 million dollar bond to build six new schools.

The District has done many things to help manage growth and delay the need for new schools. One of them is the use of portables. In some areas like Herriman and Bluffdale, the growth is coming so quickly that schools can’t be built fast enough to accommodate all the new students. This is when portables are needed. Portables help keep taxes low and give us flexibility with enrollment at a school when population is fluctuating in a community. They save us in building and renovation costs and can be moved as needed. When a school is over capacity, portables allow us to accommodate students without busing them to other schools.

Right now we have 250 portable classrooms District-wide housing 6,250 students. Again, as populations shift, we can move the portables to new locations where they are needed most.

For more information about the proposed bond visit jordanbond.org

Hair Cuts From the Heart for Locks of Love

2016-06-23 11.57.48You could say students at Foothills Elementary School gathered for an assembly a “cut above” all others. That’s because five students and two teachers decided to have their beautiful long hair cut and donated to ‘Locks of Love.’ This act of kindness and compassion benefits girls and young women all over the country who have lost their hair due to various medical conditions. Each participant donated 10 inches of their hair and then had the shorter cuts styled by professionals. This is a 12-year tradition at Foothills Elementary thanks to teacher Dawn Opie and the free cuts and styling services of Taylor Andrews Salon. Thanks to everyone involved in this selfless act of kindness that will make a big difference in the lives of others. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.