Bond Fact Friday: The Proposed Bond’s Impact on Debt Per Student

The District’s proposed bond is for $245 million to build six new schools in areas experiencing the most extreme growth and to bring relief to schools throughout JSD. The cost for an average homeowner would be $16.80 per year and after a few years, payments for bond debt would go down. That’s because Jordan is close to paying off old bond debt.

So what happens if there is new debt from a $245 million bond? Well, our debt per student would go up, however it would still be lower than all but two school district’s along the Wasatch Front. As you can see in the chart below, when JSD’s old bond debt is paid off in 2019-20, we would still have less debt per student than Alpine, Davis, Murray and Canyons school districts. In fact, among the 33 districts with voter-authorized debt, we currently have the lowest bond debt per student in the entire state. With the proposed new bond we would still be the third lowest in Utah.

If you would like to see a list comparing debt per student for all districts in Utah, please see our District Dollars page.

Proposed Bond Impact on Debt Per Student

Sprucing Up Our Schools

JSD Summer Projects 2016Summertime is spruce-up time in the Jordan School District! This summer, seven schools throughout the District are receiving some much-needed repairs.

In this first in a series of stories about summer projects, we are focusing on three elementary schools that are undergoing replacements and repairs.

Our first stop is at Mountain Shadows Elementary in West Jordan. Crews at Mountain Shadows have been working to replace the entire roof, which is expected to be completed by August 1st.

Next, at West Jordan Elementary the entire roof is also being replaced. Additionally, the HVAC system is undergoing a major overhaul. The project at West Jordan Elementary is expected to be completed by August 1st as well.

Finally, at Monte Vista Elementary in South Jordan the fire sprinkler system is being upgraded. Workers are brightening up the school by replacing and upgrading the lighting throughout Monte Vista. As Monte Vista is a year-round school, students have been attending classes up the road at Southland Elementary. This project is expected to be fully completed by August 10th.

Check out our entire gallery of pictures from these projects on Facebook.

Come back soon to see the progress being made at Elk Ridge and South Jordan Middle Schools, and Riverton High School.

Ice Bucket Challenge Contributed to Breakthrough in ALS Research

Beloved, long-time Jordan School District teacher, coach and mentor, Rick Bojak and his family received some good news this week bringing hope in Rick’s battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). The family learned that millions of dollars raised in the popular ice bucket challenge a few years ago (which many JSD employees participated in), has led to a breakthrough in research that could help cure the disease. Here is KSL TV’s interview with Coach Bojak about the breakthrough.

KSL-TV Story

Coach, Teacher, Mentor and Friend, Rick Bojak is Honored by Board of Education

IMG_1570He lives his life as a role model and inspiration to young people throughout the state of Utah, teaching them to always fight hard to be their best. Now, Rick Bojak is in the fight of his life, battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS).

On Tuesday, the Jordan School District Board of Education honored Coach Bojak for his years of service dedicated to students, athletes and education. He has a long list of accomplishments as beloved teacher, a varsity receivers coach at the University of Utah and as head football coach at Brighton, Jordan and West Jordan High Schools. He is a motivational speaker and former president of the Jordan School District Board of Education.

In retirement, Coach Bojak has donated his time weekly teaching P.E. to elementary school students, not allowing the wheelchair he now uses to stop him.

In appreciation for all you have done and continue to do for children and educators, Rick Bojak, we use your own words and say “THANKS A MILLION”!


A Welcome Back Message from Superintendent Johnson

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year to all of you who have had bright, shiny, eager faces in front of you today! Here’s hoping that everyone enjoyed a relaxing summer break in the company of friends and family. I am so excited about the start of this school year! We have wonderful opportunities ahead to make a difference in the lives of “Every Child, Every Day.” Achieving our goals will take a commitment to continuous learning on the part of talented and motivated staff, informed parents and a community that is involved and values education. I am committed to making sure our students receive the best possible education based on our knowledge of their learning, where to take them next and how to get them there!

Student achievement remains our highest priority as we continue to increase our students’ growth in their learning through meaningful and honest collaboration with colleagues and our students. Together we can make this the best school year yet by making sure our children are in our classrooms, keeping focused on their learning and celebrating successes along the way! When our children succeed, we all succeed because of the contributions young minds can make to our society and the communities in which we live

I am looking forward to seeing you in your schools, and wishing you a year filled with happiness, learning and fulfillment.