Your Granite School District Board of Education has made important decisions that will affect the future of our community schools.
Despite maintaining a fiscally responsible budget, a tax rate well below the state average, and some of the lowest administrative costs in the country, our current model for financing capital projects is not enough to meet the needs of our school buildings.
Current capital needs in the district, including rebuilds, remodels and renovations total more than $1 billion.
Nearly half of all Granite schools require updates, remodels and repairs to more than 75% of their building.
Nearly half of all Granite schools are more than 50 years old.
Along with structural needs, security and seismic upgrades are needed for most schools in the district.
Granite School District is proposing a plan to provide more innovative, relevant education for our students in our changing economy. Independent engineers have rated half of Granite School District buildings as being 75% or more in decline, meaning these buildings are in serious need of being repaired or rebuilt. This gives an opportunity to plan for a changing future.
We propose to rebuild these schools with an eye toward 21st century education strategies, such as individualized education and technology assistance. Our current buildings were not designed to keep up with rapid educational technology advances. Additionally, most schools in the district need building upgrades to add security protections against intrusions. These are modern dangers that were not considered in school designs 50 years ago.
As we look to the future of our schools, our buildings need to be able to adapt alongside educators and students. This doesn’t mean implementing the most expensive options, but rather a practical approach that meets the needs of our students while remaining fiscally responsible to taxpayers and the community.
Analysis from outside engineering experts shows that a significant portion of our school buildings are at risk of significant building damage should a sizable earthquake strike the Wasatch Front.
Facilities that are new or have been recently retrofitted may experience some damage, but structures are more likely to need only repairs. This is not the case for many of our older school buildings.
The Board of Education and district representatives held community meetings to learn about long-term capital planning in Granite School District.
All meetings have concluded.