ELECTION 2022

Here’s what Davis School District plans for $475 million bond if approved

Nov 4, 2022, 6:47 PM | Updated: 7:16 pm

FARMINGTON, Utah — The Davis School District is asking voters to approve a $ 475-million bond for new schools and improvements during next week’s election.

Other bonds are now being paid off so the district said an approved bond won’t cause tax rates to increase. Combine that with new homes and businesses that are paying into the broader tax base, homeowners won’t see an increase as long as values remain high.

Sunset Junior High is one of the schools that needs the help right now.

“It would be nice to have a more modern building where we can have kids come and they can use technology,” Principal Tami Oliver said.

The building is nearly 60 years old and it shows in some places.

Eighth-grader Emma Willis said, “The doors. There’s the old bricks, the long, narrow hallways.”

And it not just the appearance.

“There’s not as much outlets, the air conditioning is not the best,” said student Mayan Gongora.

They say it can be a bit cramped.

Sunset Junior High would be rebuilt from money in the Davis School District bond measure. (KSL TV) Sunset Junior High Principal Tami Oliver. (KSL TV) Sunset Junior High eighth grader Emma Willis. (KSL TV) Sunset Junior High student Mayan Gongora, (KSL TV) Ceiling damage is on one of the problems at the aging Sunset Junior High. (KSL TV) Signs reminding people to vote for the school bond are seen all over the Davis School District. (KSL TV) The bond money would also be  used to rebuild Bountiful Elementary. (KSL TV) Chris Williams, spokesperson for the district says they would build a new junior high school and elementary school in the northwest portion of Davis County. (KSL TV)

Willis said, “There’s no room in the classrooms so the teachers move all of their stuff out to the hallway to make it bigger. But that ends up being like super-crowded.”

That’s why under the district’s proposal, Sunset Junior would be rebuilt as well as Bountiful Elementary.

The district is contending with some growth issues as well.

“The northwest portion of the county is really booming, Chris Williams, spokesperson for the district said. He added there are plans for a new junior high school and elementary school in that area.

“We could put portables on but portables can’t solve all the problems that we’d have and so that’s why we’re still looking at building new buildings.”

A number of schools would also get upgraded air conditioning, new windows, and a gymnasium.

If the bond doesn’t pass homeowners could see a tax rate decrease of about $22 a month within seven years from now.

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Here’s what Davis School District plans for $475 million bond if approved