School Board Open House 17

A community member reviews a bond proposal at the Ogden School District Open House at the Weber County Public Library in downtown Ogden on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2018.

OGDEN — Ahead of next month’s general election, the Ogden School District’s multi-million dollar bond proposal now has an important public endorsement.

The Ogden City Council and Mayor Mike Caldwell adopted a joint resolution Tuesday night, supporting the $87 million school district bond that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. The Ogden School Board of Education will consider the same resolution at their Oct. 25 meeting.

A press release from the city council office says the joint resolution is the first between the city and the school board.

“We hope Ogden residents understand that this bond will provide a significant benefit to our schools,” said council chair Richard Hyer. “Which in turn will also benefit the city.”

If passed, the bond initiative would pave the way for the school district to upgrade or replace four elementary schools. Horace Mann and T.O. Smith would be completely replaced, with Polk Elementary being renovated and an addition built onto Wasatch Elementary.

Taylor Canyon Elementary, located a mile north of Polk, will likely close if the proposal passes. The OSD approved the proposal in late August.

According to the council office press release, eight elementary schools in the Ogden School District were built before 1960.

The resolution says the four schools to be addressed by the bond all need to be updated to meet modern safety, technology and learning standards and the bond is the most cost-effective way to finance the related construction.

“The bond will develop a safe learning environment for our students,” said Councilman Doug Stephens. “How critical is that in our day and age?”

The $87 million initiative would require a tax increase and if passed, Ogden property taxes on an average valued home of $196,000 would go up by about $11.50 per month.

You can reach reporter Mitch Shaw at mishaw@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @mitchshaw23 or like him on Facebook at facebook.com/mitchshaw.standardexaminer.

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