Proposed West Jordan Prison Site Would Cost District

Jordan School District appreciates the difficult task and work of the Prison Relocation Commission charged with finding a new state correctional facility site. However, we believe there is a significant detriment in relocating the Utah State Prison to the proposed West Jordan site.

  • Educational Costs:
  • Jordan School District would be required to educate qualifying inmates at the prison.
  • This added financial burden would further impact the District which already has the lowest per pupil spending in the State and possibly the nation.
  • Potential Lost Revenue that Jordan School District Desperately Needs:
  • The proposed site is 500 undeveloped acres within a rapidly growing West Jordan community.
  • The land would become tax-exempt, with no future tax dollars coming to the District from that property.
  • Surrounding property would also be affected as a prison could stifle future residential and commercial growth.
    • This lost growth potential could have a significant impact on tax dollars available to educate children throughout the District.
  • This could be a significant disincentive to big businesses considering moving into the community.
  • Proximity to Schools:
  • The proposed site is 2,000 feet from Sunset Ridge Middle School.
  • The land is close to Oakcrest Elementary and property currently owned by the District for a potential future elementary school.

Jordan School District does not see any benefit to relocating the prison to a growing West Jordan Community. For the perspective of West Jordan, visit their website at http://www.ci.west-jordan.ut.us/Residents.aspx?pgID=7.1

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Student Musicians Delight Crowds at Festival of Trees

DSCF0352Jordan School District is proud of the student musicians who perform throughout the school year thanks to great teachers, conductors and mentors.  We are especially proud when they share their magical talents over the holiday season. The Jordan Youth Symphony and Hayden Peak Harmony Singers delighted crowds at the annual Festival of Trees to benefit patients at Primary Children’s Hospital. Giving the gift of music is a something young and old can enjoy this time of year. Thanks to everyone who participated! Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Heartland Teachers Filled With Holiday Love

Heartland foodHeartland teachers and staff have gone above and beyond by getting involved in their school community and helping those in need. Before Thanksgiving, the principal established a goal of helping to provide three families in need with a Thanksgiving meal. The teachers really got into the spirit and by the time the holiday came around, there was enough food to feed 22 families! There was so much food that they were able to provide each family with a month’s supply of it, as well as donate eight boxes to a neighboring Title One school.

The team also collected money. They raised an extra $441, which is now being used to provide Christmas presents to children who normally wouldn’t have gifts under the tree. The project has been extended, and the school is now collecting toys. Their gift of giving has spread throughout the school community, with a student working on his Eagle Scout Project. The Heartland team is truly amazing!

Hip Hop Helps Students Get Excited About STEM

DSCN0122A national touring company sponsored by NASA and the Honeywell Corporation is getting students excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), in a unique way. They are doing it with hip-hop music, dance and some pretty entertaining demonstrations of Newton’s law of gravity. Middle school students in Jordan District were recently treated to the program. Here is KUTV’s special STEM report.

Copper Hills Debate Team Takes First Overall

team photo winningRecently, the Copper Hills debate team competed against some of the best teams in the intermountain west, and they placed first overall. The tournament took place over the course of two days. In that time the students gave more than 600 speeches. The first day, they fell behind in the competition. By the end of the tournament, the students had recovered, and emerged victorious! The team says they are very happy with this milestone win, but they aren’t satisfied yet. They still have a long way to go, as there are still many competitions left in the regular season. Congratulations to the Copper Hills debate team.