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Jordan School District bond fails

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Posted at 11:16 PM, Nov 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-06 13:28:24-05

WEST JORDAN -- The Jordan School District failed to pass its nearly $500 million bond referendum Tuesday night.

Unofficial numbers show the $495 million bond issue received 20,359 votes against it with 9,897 votes for it.

School Board President Richard Osborn believes the negative comments against the bond issue made by Bluffdale city officials impacted Tuesday’s results.

“It’s the children who are going to suffer,” he said.

Osborn said school officials took a survey in June asking its constituents if they would support the bond. The school board believed they had enough support for it to pass at that time.

“I don’t see us trying again in the near future – honestly we didn’t sit down and talk about if it failed,” Osborn said.

The bond money would have funded the construction of eight elementary schools, two middle schools and a high school.

It would also replace the West Jordan Middle School, West Jordan Elementary School take care of other renovation projects.

“There will be more crowding, more portables, more busing,” Osborn said. “It’s possible that we’ll have to change some schools to year-round schools to handle the crowding.”

Bluffdale City Mayor Derk Timothy did not return calls for comment.