The official organization of Canyons District educators has endorsed the District’s $283 million tax-rate-neutral bond proposal that is on the ballot in this fall’s General Election.
The Canyons Education Association, which represents Canyons educators in salary and policy negotiations with the District, announced its support of the measure that would generate money to build and renovate schools.
“Canyons Education Association is pleased to announce that the CEA Executive Board voted to support the Canyons School District bond. Patrons have seen the positive impact the previous bond had on the learning environments and safety of our students and staff, including the addition of natural light in buildings and the rebuild of aging facilities,” said CEA President Erika Bradshaw. “The new projects planned with the current bond will continue this endeavor and create the best infrastructure of any district in the state. CEA supports Canyons School District’s efforts to renew and rebuild to create safe, attractive, and modern learning environments for all students in our district.”
If the bond proposal is approved by a majority of voters on Nov. 7, the District would rebuild Hillcrest and Brighton high schools; Union Middle; Peruvian Park, Midvalley and a White City-area elementary schools; remodel a significant part of Alta High, including the addition of a state-of-the-art auditorium and a gymnasium; build classrooms to replace the portables at Corner Canyon High; build six front office remodels; and complete natural-lighting projects at 18 elementary schools.
This is the third major endorsement of the bond measure. Midvale City approved a resolution on Sept. 19, 2017 that stated elected city leaders believe “it is in the best interests of the City and its residents to support the Bond Proposal.” Region 17 PTA, the recognized parent group for Canyons’ schools, also backs the bond, which would raise facility-improvement funds without raising property taxes.
Canyons District has an established track record with bond proposals. CSD has nearly completed all 13 of the major projects promised to the community in 2010 when a $250 million tax-rate-neutral bond proposal was approved by the public.
A new Midvale Middle and Alta View Elementary, the 11th and 12th projects, opened this fall. Crews are currently working on the 13th project, a renovation of Indian Hills Middle. Construction is expected to be completed by fall. Click here for a list of all other projects.
The 2010 bond helped the District start addressing the $650 million in deferred maintenance on buildings that were inherited from a previous school district. The current proposal would fund the continuation of CSD’s plan to modernize and improve all buildings in all parts of the District.
The District’s AAA bond rating will guarantee the lowest possible interest rates are obtained when the bonds are sold.