$387 mil bond proposal approved by Alpine School District goes to vote in November

Posted at 10:13 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 00:13:16-04

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah -- Building new schools isn't cheap. That's what the Alpine School District is telling the public.

On Tuesday night the board of education approved a $387 million bond proposal to be placed on the November Ballot.

Central Elementary is one of four older schools that the Alpine School District would like to rebuild within the next five years, contingent on whether or not the public passes a $387 million bond proposal in November.

Located in Pleasant Grove, the school was built in the 1950s.

"They really do need a new school," said parent Cory Ludvigson. "It's very sad because we have so many wonderful people there, so many wonderful teachers and administrators."

The bond would also pay for one new high school, two new middle schools, and six new elementary schools.

"If it doesn't pass it just pushes back the pace at which we can take care of issues," said Kimberly Bird, of the Alpine School District.

Another big factor within the district is overcrowding.

"At West Lake High School we have three satellites, which almost equals the number of students we have inside the building that we have outside of the building," Bird said.

However, school board member Brian Halladay voted against the bond. He said the majority of the growth is on the west side, and his constituents are in the east.

"Basically we are receiving four percent of the 387 million dollar bond," Halladay said. "Maybe it's time to see if our district should be split."

The Alpine School District will be holding a public meeting on Sept. 13 to address all questions and concerns regarding the bond.