Sunday Nov. 26, 2017
OGDEN — A proposed $106.5 million school bond in Ogden sparked sharp debate, failed at the polling place but remains a point of contention.
Ogden School District officials proposed the bond as part of continuing efforts to modernize schools, make facilities safer and, by offering sparkly new buildings, prevent parents from transferring their kids to schools outside the system. Foes worried plans to enlarge three schools, particularly Polk Elementary, would turn them into large student repositories and charged the proposal wasn’t well thought out.
It kept me busy on the eve of Nov. 7 elections after I unexpectedly inherited the education beat, at least temporarily, and now, after its narrow defeat at the polls, it remains a live issue. The needs at Ogden schools remain, so the question becomes — what now? Do school officials come up with a new bond proposal, do something else?
Here’s some of my coverage:
- Ogden school officials reserved on idea of putting reworked bond plan to voters, Nov. 24, 2017
- Ogden school bond’s failure muddies things, but most say upgrades still needed, Nov. 12, 2017
- Ogden voters turn back school bond proposal, Weber bond measure passes, Nov. 7, 2017
- Ogden Latinos criticize lack of outreach by school officials on bond proposal, Nov. 7, 2017
- Polk, Horace Mann, T.O. Smith parents see good, bad in Ogden school bond plan, Nov. 4, 2017
- Ogden’s Polk school at heart of debate over $106.5 million bond proposal, Nov. 1, 2017
- Ogden School District spokesman, principal fined due to wording in bond message, Oct. 24, 2017
I’ve done only some school reporting, but it’s important stuff, I’ve enjoyed digging into the issue.
What’s the diff (aside from lighting)? From Polk Elementary “will benefit” from $106.5 mln bond proposal to Polk Elementary “will be rebuilt.” State officials say the top sign verged on advocacy, violating state law, prompting Ogden school officials to change it to the bottom version. Foes of the bond proposal, up for a vote (with balloting ending Nov. 7), complained to state officials, leading to the change. More on issue at www.standard.net. #elections #ogdenschooldistrict #savepolk