Jaguar Football Players Sport New Look For a Day

Football team in lava lavasMembers of the West Jordan High Jaguar football team were turning a lot of heads in school last Friday as they prepared for their big homecoming game. That’s because in a show of unity, everyone on the team dressed in lava lavas for the day. The school’s football Booster Club worked hard making the outfits that made the team stand out. Some believe the lava lavas brought the Jaguars luck as well; they won their homecoming game in amazing style with a 20-19 victory over Cottonwood High. Thanks to the Booster Club for backing the team and supporting unity at West Jordan High.

County-wide Equalization Town Hall Meeting

Jordan School District hosted a Town Hall meeting to educate patrons about the County-wide Equalization Program. This program has the potential to negatively impact the taxpayers it was designed to help. Below is the entire meeting video, which explains in detail how county-wide equalization works, how it will end and a question and answer session about specific concerns and details. Join us helping to solve this mistake for the benefit of our children, which was the intent of the original legislation.

Fun Fact Friday: Tax Rates Going Down…Again

Good News! This is the second consecutive year of a tax rate decrease for District taxpayers. The new rate dropped from .007132 to .006700, making Jordan the second lowest tax rate for homeowners and businesses in Salt Lake County; only Salt Lake City School District has a lower tax rate. Because overall values are increasing in Jordan School District, the tax rate is going down.

We sometimes hear people ask, “How did I pay more if my tax rate dropped?” This is because some home and business values increase at a faster rate than the whole community. The values of a few pockets of homes or businesses in the District may be increasing much faster than their neighbors, causing them to pay slightly more in taxes. Overall, our tax rates are going down, which is good for homeowners and good for businesses. For more information on tax rates in Jordan, please visit jordandistrict.org/2014/04/taxrates/.

2014-15 tax graph

Generous Gift Brings Backpacks to Oquirrh Elementary

IMG_5590The school year is getting off to a great start for students at Oquirrh Elementary School and a community partner is helping out. This week a representative from the new South Jordan Costco showed up and surprised the entire school with a gift of 400 brand new backpacks. It is part of a Costco program designed to help school children in the community. This surprise was extra special because the Costco employee who delivered the backpacks is a former Oquirrh Elementary student. Thanks to Costco for taking time to care about children and their education. Check out a photo gallery on our Facebook page.