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Voters in five cities on the east side of Salt Lake County, as well as those in the City of West Jordan, need to do some serious soul searching as they prepare to decide whether to break away from the large Jordan School District.

So much is at stake.

The most fundamental question they should be asking themselves is how their decision will affect children - not just those in their own homes or neighborhoods, but those across town as well - some 80,000 of them in all. Beyond today, what of the students of tomorrow - what will best for them?

What will be the educational, social and legal ramifications of a yes vote? And what will be the financial consequences? Can anyone say for sure how much it will cost to create a new school district along with the physical infrastructure and essential bureaucracy that will be needed to administer the system? Sure, figures have been thrown out, but are they valid and realistic?

In KSL's view, the idea of breaking up large districts and allowing cities to form smaller ones is certainly worth exploring. The question voters must decide is whether they have enough information and whether now is the best time to approve such a radical change.

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