Bond proposal for building improvements and new school construction to appear on Davis County Ballot


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 The Davis School District Board of Education voted unanimously on a resolution that allows voters to weigh in on a proposed bond referendum during the mid-term election on Tuesday, November 8. If approved, the $475 million bond will not increase property owners’ current tax rate.

“The projects we identify and the projects that we do, certainly growth goes into it, but also the analytics that we have in our facilities department,” said Davis School District Business Administrator Craig Carter during the board meeting.

Bond money would be used to finance the construction of new facilities and remodel other schools in the district.

If approved, the district plans to use the financing to rebuild Sunset Jr. High School and Bountiful Elementary, which are among the oldest schools in the district.

Construction to rebuild Sunset Jr. High is expected to begin in February 2023 in the playfield east of the existing building if voters approve the bond. The existing building would be demolished and replaced with parking and playfields once the new building is completed in 2025.

A new elementary and junior high are also planned to be built in northwest Davis County to accommodate population growth in that area.

If approved by voters, construction on the new junior high would begin in January 2023 and with an expected completion date in 2025. The new junior high would be located on the southeast corner of 700 South and 4500 West in West Point.

In anticipation of a successful bond election, the school board’s Professional Services Selection Committee selected Hogan & Associates Construction to rebuild Sunset Jr. High School and the new junior high school.

Schools slated to be remodeled in the proposal include Bountiful High and Clearfield High. They will receive upgrades to common areas, classrooms, and air conditioning systems.

“When we look at the needs of our high schools, Bountiful and Clearfield rise to the top, as far as what they need,” Davis School District Business Administrator Craig Carter said. "Those two are in need of significant help.” Layton High, Kaysville Junior High, Burton Elementary, Vae View Elementary, and Clinton Elementary will also be remodeled.

Efficient air conditioning systems would also be installed in several auditoriums and gyms at Northridge High, Woods Cross High, Bountiful High, Clearfield High, and Viewmont High School.

The district would also plan to build three track and turf fields at three junior high schools in the north, central and south areas of the district. Other projects include HVAC upgrades, new windows, playground toys, and restrooms.