This November, Granite School District families will have the opportunity to vote for a bond that will drastically improve education by rebuilding, remodeling and revitalizing our aging schools. This $238 million bond will include 14 school rebuilds and 17 school remodels within the first 10 years. It also sets in motion a 40-year plan to rebuild and remodel every school in the district.
Why is this bond necessary?
Independent engineers have rated half of Granite School District school buildings as being 75% or more in decline, meaning these buildings have nearly reached their maximum life cycle. Most schools in Granite School District need building upgrades to increase security and protection from earthquakes and intrusions. These upgrades will provide opportunities to plan for a changing future.
Granite School District Bond
Based on in-depth analysis of school conditions by independent engineers, most of our schools were found to be deteriorating and behind in educational adequacy. Under the current capital finance model, however, Granite can afford only to rebuild one elementary school every eight years. If nothing changes, our schools will need to last more than 150 years.
In the first 10 years:
14 schools rebuilt
17 schools remodeled
Revitalizing upgrades for ALL schools
Increased funding is crucial for safe, comfortable, and educationally relevant schools for our students, faculty and patrons. This bond will put in motion a comprehensive and fiscally responsible plan to replace, remodel and revitalize our school buildings.
We need to replace schools that are in significant decline. The time line for school rebuilds will be based on a ‘worst first’ model, using analysis from outside engineering experts.
Replacing schools is more cost effective than relying only on remodeling.
Replace schools as soon as practicable.
Complete a comprehensive remodel of schools which are in moderate condition.
Improve the quality of educational delivery.
Extend a facility’s useful life cycle.
Revitalize facilities by increasing the pace of our maintenance and smaller capital improvements such as (but not limited to):
Reconfiguration of spaces to better deliver 21st-century learning
Addition of parking & parent drop offs
Phase One Projects:
Rebuild: South Kearns Elementary
Remodel: *Evergreen Jr High, Hunter High School, *Valley Jr High
*Necessary renovations or repairs to ensure building usability until later rebuild.
Rebuild: West Kearns Elementary
Remodel: Howard Driggs Elementary, Rosecrest Elementary
Rebuild: Cyprus High School, Skyline High School
Remodel: Calvin Smith Elementary, Moss Elementary, Plymouth Elementary
Rebuild: Arcadia Elementary
Remodel: Taylorsville High School
Rebuild: Orchard Elementary
Remodel: Hillsdale Elementary, Kennedy Jr High
Rebuild: Academy Park Elementary, Kearns Jr High
Remodel: Magna Elementary, Valley Crest Elementary
Rebuild: Sandburg Elementary
Remodel: Lincoln Elementary, Pioneer Elementary
Rebuild: Eastwood Elementary
Remodel: Crestview Elementary
Rebuild: Spring Lane Elementary
Remodel: Cottonwood Elementary
Rebuild: Evergreen Jr High, Oakridge Elementary, Valley Jr High
Spaces for Educational Innovation
Granite District facilities must support forward-looking educational models, problem-based learning, student and teacher collaboration, cutting edge technology, hands-on-learning and other innovative methods.
Students must be safe from risk, including earthquakes, crime, and automobile accidents.
School sites should be high performing buildings that use energy and water efficiently while contributing to the quality of each neighborhoods built environment. Being sustainable is a measure of frugality and brings down the bottom line costs to tax payers.
Effective Use of Underutilized Resources
Granite District will continue to maximize assets as we support the District’s educational mission through leveraged partnerships, community use, and the application of consistent guidelines for leases and colocation.
Granite District must continue to implement an equity-centered strategy to facility investments. Improvements should support quality school options in every Granite District School and neighborhood.
Preparing Well Rounded Community Citizens
School facilities should support the entire student: schools must have space for arts and music so that students can embrace culture and creativity, as well as athletic facilities for students to develop teamwork and leadership skills.
Support Full-Service Community Schools
As part of the District’s broad goals, our facilities need to help serve the whole child, eliminate inequity, and provide each child with excellent teachers for every day. For facility planners, this means working closely with networks of administrators, teachers, and community partners to identify and prioritize projects that support innovative educational programs and create places of safety, security, and support.
Modernize & Upgrade Facilities
Modernization projects include building replacements and remodels as well as upgrades which address the kinds of “brick & mortar” needs that are required to keep old buildings functioning at a high level of performance. These needs include building system upgrades such as heating, roofing, and plumbing systems, as well as sustainability upgrades that reduce energy and water consumption. The District has engaged independent engineers to develop a system which delivers on this promise.
Enhance Seismic Safety
Many of our older school facilities do not meet current building codes. The ever-evolving understanding of structural performance during earthquakes means that there are opportunities to reinforce and improve the seismic safety of Granite District buildings. Accordingly, the Facilities Master Plan and the proposed bond lays out a framework through which buildings with a higher vulnerability can be upgraded in conjunction with other projects to support Full-Service Community Schools or modernizations.
A guiding principle for all projects will be to minimize the District’s consumption of resources. To achieve this goal for sustainability, the Facilities Master Plan will include strategies to improve energy efficiency, produce energy where possible, and conserve water.
Projects may include insulation improvements, solar panel installation, and secondary water for irrigation purposes. Sustainable design and construction offer the opportunity to not only improve the environment and protect the earth but also to reduce costs and make the District more self-sufficient.
Efficient Use of Resources
All resources will be used in service of Granite District’s children, youth, and families. School sites will be highly used by school programs, community partners, and the neighborhoods around them. Other sites will be creatively utilized to generate maximum benefit for the District and its students.
Stakeholder input from students, parents, teachers, and administrators is critical to the future projects indented in the bond proposal and the project prioritization process. As projects are funded and become a reality, individuals may contribute thru participation in public engagement meetings.