Voters to decide on $250 million Davis school bond

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The Davis School Board gave the go-ahead Tuesday to pitching a $250 million bond to voters in November.

The money would be used to build several facilities, said board members, who noted more than 900 new students are estimated to enter Davis County schools this fall alone.

"When we have practically a school's worth of new kids coming in, we've got to keep building," said Board Vice President Tamara Lowe.

Tuesday's decision came weeks after the board learned a survey showed 77 percent of Davis County voters would likely approve the bond if it's on the Nov. 3 ballot.

A Dan Jones & Associates poll showed about 43.6 percent of voters "definitely" would approve the bond and 33.3 percent "probably" would.

In the past, the board has discussed using bonds to build three elementary schools, a junior high, a special-education facility; remodel existing schools; pay for technology upgrades; and buy land.

Several board members say the current construction climate could result in buildings that are cheaper than recently built ones.

Also, Superintendent Bryan Bowles noted the bond does not require a tax increase. Currently, tax money is being used to pay off a $230 million bond voters approved in 2006. Those payments would be extended to pay off the new bond.

Most of the money from the 2006 bond has been spent. During their meeting, board members decided to issue the remainder -- $64 million -- to help pay for new schools as well as additions and renovations.