There are no good or bad ideas. There is only execution.
So, I voted for the $79.2 million Park City School Bond. I wanted to give them the chance to execute.
I fought the 2015 school bond tooth and nail. The process they used was manipulative. After attending almost every meeting, I wasn’t convinced that it wasn’t corrupt. It was a total and unmitigated disaster.
I don’t get that feeling from this bond.
I do have the nagging feeling that this will be a little bit of the dog that chased the car and finally caught it. I explained the changes that will be coming to Jeremy Ranch Elementary to my oldest son and he asked how long until they are done. I said about two years. He said, “Good, I won’t go to school there anymore.”
No matter how you feel about it, the bond is going to pass. That has to feel good for the school district and school board.
However, the real challenges are ahead.
We have to expand the high school. We have to move 9th graders to the high school. We have to expand Ecker (not part of this bond but will be paid through taxes and bake sales). We have to expand Jeremy and McPolin elementary schools. We have to expand Trailside and Parley’s elementary schools (not part of this bond but will be paid through taxes and bake sales).
Can the school district execute that? Can they do it within budget? Can they do it on time?
Most importantly, can they increase the educational value to our students? They need to ensure that $129 million actually translates to helping our underserved and/or ELL students in getting a better education. Likewise, the rest of our students should have improved outcomes, as well.
$129 million+ is a lot of money on buildings if there isn’t an educational advantage. I look forward to understanding how the school district is planning on quantifying improvements in education.
I believe the Park City School Board and School District will look at tomorrow’s victory as a success. I look at it as a challenge.
I voted for this because I wanted to give our district a chance.
Now they need to return the faith.