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  • Washington County’s Bond 9
    by Hayli Benson
    Published - 11/04/13 - 09:27 AM | 1 1 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) – Year round schooling, portable classrooms, and increased class sizes will be the future of Washington County schools, if Bond Proposition 9 does not pass. Proposition 9 is an education bond of $185 million dollars, Washington County School District has proposed for the anticipated growth of student enrollment by 2020.

    Washington County’s population is growing and with that growth so are the enrollment numbers for the schools. Currently the enrollment is 26,131 and is estimated to increase to over 33,000 by the year 2020. However the district currently doesn’t have the funds needed to meet rising enrollment numbers. Bond Proposition 9 would help Washington County accommodate these demands.

    The school district is asking voters to approve this bond election, which will be issued from 2014-2019 depending on the growth rate. The bond election would help to construct new schools, purchase land for future facilities, and update existing schools in the Washington County areas.

    Washington County is aware of the affect this will have on taxes, and will try to save tax payers money by how the buildings are built.

    President Howard Stephenson of the Utah Taxpayers Association said, “By using cost effective construction, Washington County School District is able to save between ten and twenty-five percent.”

    If the estimated growth does not happen, the bonds will not be issued and the bond tax will drop.

    For more information concerning the bond election, contact Washington County School District at 121 W Tabernacle or call 435-673-355.

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    Phyllis Frank
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    November 05, 2013
    Please use the correct term "Multi-track year-round" school calendar year when referring to calendar change specifically for overcrowding purposes. Then add a sentence that describes what that means. A year-round school calendar year is designed for the purposes of efficient, effective, and fair opportunity to learn, teach, plan, partner and play with all students on the same calendar around the year. Even if George passes the bond and gets to build a new school, it would be worth considering the advantages of a single track year round calendar that offers continuous, connected, personalized learning for all.
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