South Jordan nearing decision on split
The council is also awaiting documents requested from the Jordan district and waiting to see if the district’s board and the leaders of four other cities within the district will sign the interlocal agreement.
If everyone can sign the agreement, South Jordan won’t put the question of a split on the ballot, said councilman Chuck Newton.
South Jordan Mayor Dave Alvord said the vast majority of feedback he’s heard from South Jordan residents has been anti-split. Alvord has come out publicly against a split.
That’s not to say, of course, that everyone is against such a move. Newton said it seems to him that many South Jordan residents are unhappy with the district, and he believes they may be in favor of a split if they had more information. Newton had been in favor of putting the question on the ballot, but said Friday he’s now torn. He said he’s now willing to stick with the district for another year to see if it can improve.
Meetings about a possible split
The Jordan School District board will hold a meeting Monday at 7 p.m. to discuss entering into an interlocal agreement with South Jordan and other cities in hopes of avoiding a possible split. That meeting will begin at 7 p.m. with a closed session and then go into open session afterward at 7905 S. Redwood Road in West Jordan.
The South Jordan City Council will then hold a study session at 4 p.m. on Wednesday to discuss a feasibility study into a possible split from the Jordan School District. At 6 p.m. on Wednesday the council will hold another public meeting to hear more about the feasibility study results, hear public comment about the idea of placing the question of a split on the November ballot and will potentially vote on the issue or whether to enter an interlocal agreement with the district and other cities.
The 4 p.m. meeting will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1600 W. Towne Center Drive, South Jordan. The second meeting at 6 p.m. will be held at the South Jordan Community Center, 10778 S. Redwood Road, South Jordan.
David George, a South Jordan elementary and middle schools parent, said splitting could benefit the city’s kids in some ways.
"The more local control you have, the smaller you are, the more responsive it is to the needs of the schools and kids," George said.
And South Jordan Middle School parent Elaine Angilau said she can see pros and cons to the idea of splitting. For example, a split might help to relieve overcrowding at some schools, but it could also cost more taxpayer money.
She said she hasn’t yet decided whether she’s in favor of or against a divide.
"I think overall they’ve given it some good thought and this is a decision that needs to be made," Angilau said, "but we will never know the repercussions until we’re five years out."