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The Jordan Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to implement a citizen committee's transition plan for housing Alta and Jordan high school students until the new Jordan High opens in 1996.

The 30-member group - consisting of parents, teachers and administrators representing the two schools - was formed after new boundaries in the district's south area were approved last January.Tuesday, the board adopted the five-part plan without discussion - deferring to the citizen committee as "the experts who have spent much time and energy studying the options."

The transition plan states:

- All current Alta and Jordan sophomores living in amended boundaries will be allowed to remain through graduation at the school where they enrolled at the beginning of the 1994-95 school year.

- Bus service will be provided through the 1995-96 school year for students living in the new Jordan High boundaries who opted to remain at Alta High. Like other open enrollment students, they must provide their own transportation during the 1996-97 school year.

Busing "option" students to Alta will likely cost about $22,000.

- All current ninth-grade students will enroll for their sophomore year at their designated boundary school. Feeder middle schools are expected to send 764 students to Jordan High and 944 students to Alta High.

- The Jordan High student body will remain at the present facility at 9300 S. State until the new building is completed and available for occupancy.

The district is expected to set up eight portable class rooms at Jordan High next school year to accommodate enrollment growth.

Jordan High's driver education program for the 1995-96 school year will be held at the new site after 3 p.m. daily. The range area and car storage compound will be completed by the time school starts next fall.

Also, if the new building is not ready for occupancy before March 1, 1996, the move will be delayed until after the 1995-96 school year.

- Alta High will handle the 1995-96 enrollment as it has in the past. As expected growth continues, options like additional portables, off-campus apprenticeships and early graduation will need to be considered.

The board also authorized Tuesday the issuance of $30 million in general obligation bonds that will finance a new middle school and repair others.

Plans are to advertise the bonds in mid-December and have the money in hand by mid-January.

The new middle schools will replace the existing Bingham Middle School in Copperton. A portion of the money is also expected to be used in other schools for earthquake retrofitting and other major maintenance work.