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Jordan School District to put $29.45 million referendum on ballot in March

Posted by: Erin Adler Updated: September 26, 2013 - 12:08 PM

Jordan Middle School might be getting a makeover, if residents vote in favor of a $29.45 million bond referendum on March 11, 2014.

Last month, the Jordan school board unanimously approved putting the referendum on the ballot, with the goal of funding a compete renovation of the middle school, including an addition.

If passed, owners of an average-priced home -- valued at $200,000 -- in Jordan would see an additional $267 in property taxes annually for 20 years.

After reviewing the idea of building a totally new school or remodeling the existing one, the facilities committee decided that the shell of the old building was in good shape, Superintendent Matt Helgerson said.

The current middle school was built in the '60s, with an addition in the '70s. The new facility would have updated mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as a gym addition and modern learning spaces, he said.

"We're looking at building a 21st century educational space for educating middle-level kids," he said.

The proposed new educational spaces include both classrooms and pod-like areas for group learning. It will also include an open, "e-cafe" concept where student can plug in their devices and learn together, he said.

The district is interviewing construction management firms for the project this week.

Voters in Jordan approved a building bond referendum in 2001 to build the current high school, with an elementary school addition included. In 2009, the district passed a $550-per-pupil operating levy.

Now it's the middle school that needs updating, he said.

"There's certainly a need, so we're very hopeful the community will see the need," he said.

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