We all want our children to attend schools close to their homes, and we want our limited school funding to be used wisely. The Canyons Board of Education is making decisions that do not support those desires. The superintendent proposed, and the Canyons Board of Education is considering, a plan that would close Crescent View Middle School, which is the newest middle school in the district, it has the largest enrollment and is located in a highly populated area (11150 South, 300 East). The plan also includes a major new construction project that was not included in the bond or listed in the Board’s own priorities.
• We ask that the Canyons Board of Education honor the original intent of the recent bond to enclose classrooms and install air conditioning at Albion, Crescent View and Indian Hills middle schools and to not close or repurpose any of these schools. The superintendent’s proposal advocates using bond funds in a manner that was not approved by voters. If the original intent of the bond is not honored, and this proposal moves forward, there is strong potential for tax increases for district patrons.
• We ask that the Canyons Board of Education approve the original middle school boundary plan that utilizes only existing schools until or unless a new bond is passed that will allow the board to evaluate new middle school construction options. This includes allowing students in the Crescent View Middle School neighborhood to continue to attend their school.
• We ask that if a new middle school needs to be built in the Canyons School District or if the board is considering closing or repurposing a school:
o We ask the board to conduct a formal, external cost benefit analysis of any school closure and take into consideration all middle schools in the district prior to making any school closure decisions. This cost benefit analysis should be shared as part of the public record, and public hearings should be held regarding the analysis.
o We ask the board to allow the boundary committee to re-evaluate the boundaries based on any school closure decisions only after the cost benefit analysis process has been completed.
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