Fun Fact Friday: Doing Our Part to Reduce Air Pollution

CNG BusEvery day Jordan School District is trying to make a difference contributing to cleaner air for children and all citizens of Utah now and in the future.

Here are some of the things being done to reduce air pollution:

  • The District has 75 Compressed Natural Gas buses, which emit 40 to 86% less particulate matter into the air compared to diesel buses. And according to the U.S. Department of Energy, just one CNG bus can displace 1,400 gallons of diesel fuel per year. That amounts to 105,000 gallons less diesel fuel used per year in JSD.
  • A No Idling Policy reduces the time each bus is running by 24 minutes per bus per day. This also reduces pollution and saves on fuel costs.
  • The State Division of Air Quality just awarded JSD a $500,000 grant to help pay for 10 new CNG buses.
  • A Total of $2 Million in State, Federal and Local Grants have supported expansion of the CNG bus program in the District over the past five years.

CNG buses not only help reduce air pollution, they save taxpayers money. The fuel savings are huge. After a .50 cent federal rebate on every gallon of natural gas used in our CNG buses, there are times we pay nothing to fuel a CNG bus. That’s because compressed natural gas is just .50 cents to $1.00 a gallon.

Please join us in doing everything possible to reduce air pollution.

Energy Savings Add Up!

Every day a team of three energy experts travels from school to school and building to building throughout Jordan School District looking for efficiencies in water, power and gas usage.  And every day their hard work is paying off in a big way for taxpayers.

From July 2015 through April, 2016 the team identified:

  • A total of $787,399 in energy savings District wide
  • In addition, we received utility incentives totaling $170,821
  • That amounts to an overall savings to our taxpayers of $958,220

To get an idea of how much energy we are saving, take a look!

How Much Energy is Jordan District Saving?

Bond Fact Friday: General Election Voting Begins as County Clerk Tracks Turnout

Vote Now!As people cast their ballots and mail them back, the Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office is busy keeping track of voter turnout. According to the election officials, as of Friday, Oct. 28, 140,000 people throughout the county have voted and mailed in their ballots. There are about 496,000 active, registered voters countywide.

Election officials report the lowest voter turnout right now in the southwest quadrant of the county. They say typically 20% of mail-in ballots are returned by this time. There are 120,000 registered voters in Jordan School District and about 23,000 people have cast their ballots by mail. The following is turnout broken down by city:

  • Bluffdale – 13%
  • Copperton – 25%
  • Herriman – 14%
  • Riverton – 16%
  • South Jordan – 17%
  • West Jordan – 17%

We encourage everyone to exercise his or her right to vote. The proposed Jordan School District bond is Prop B located on the backside of the ballot.

For the most updated and accurate information about the proposed Jordan School District bond visit jordanbond.org. For general information about the election visit vote.utah.gov.

Bond Fact Friday: Will The Proposed Bond Impact or Benefit Charter Schools?

Ask Your QuestionsThis bond will have an impact on charter schools because when tax revenues increase, charter school funding increases.

Charter schools receive the statewide average on funding. So, as school districts anywhere in the state increase tax revenues, including issuing bonds to build new schools, the statewide average of tax revenues increases. This, in turn means more money for charters and is called Local Replacement Funds.

Also, when bond money is available to build additional schools, the District has more seats available for students who may want to enroll in a charter for elementary school but come back to a District school for their secondary education.

As we plan for the future in building new schools, we take into consideration that charter schools may absorb some of the student growth and we plan accordingly.

At the end of the day, we all benefit from successful schools. Working side by side, District and charter schools alike can have a profound impact on young lives and the communities in which we live.

Bond Fact Friday: Ballots Have Arrived – Remember to Vote

Ballot for Proposition BSalt Lake County residents are now receiving their ballots for the November 8 General Election. That means it is time to exercise your right to vote. Please keep in mind the following.

  • The proposed Jordan School District bond is Prop B located on the backside of the ballot.
  • A postage-paid return envelope will be provided.
  • All BALLOTS MUST BE SIGNED in order for your vote to count.
  • Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than November 7, the day before the election.
  • Ballots can also be dropped off in person 24/7 until 8 p.m. on Election Night, November 8 at the following locations in Jordan School District:
    • Herriman City Hall
    • Riverton City Hall
    • South Jordan City Hall
    • West Jordan City Hall
    • Other locations throughout Salt Lake County – visit slco.org/clerk/elections

For the most updated and accurate information about the proposed Jordan School District bond visit jordanbond.org

For general information about the election visit vote.utah.gov