In a recent board meeting, the Salt Lake City School District announced its recommendations for the closure of several elementary schools. This decision comes as a result of a population and boundary study conducted by the district due to a significant drop in enrollment, particularly in the elementary level.
Superintendent Elizabeth Grant, in her address to the school board, recommended the closure of Hawthorne, M. Lynn Bennion, Mary W. Jackson, and Riley elementary schools. These four schools were part of the seven schools initially being studied for potential closure, with the others being Emerson, Newman, and Wasatch.
The district has undertaken an extensive examination of data including enrollment numbers, population projections, building conditions, and input from various city and state agencies. Additionally, community feedback has been taken into careful consideration throughout the process.
It is important to note that the recommendations presented by the district are not yet final. The board is scheduled to vote on the implementation of these recommendations on January 9. This time frame allows for further community input and feedback, which can be provided through the Salt Lake City School District website or at a public hearing on December 5.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Why are elementary schools being recommended for closure?
A: The Salt Lake City School District is facing a decline in enrollment, particularly in elementary schools. The closure recommendations are part of the district’s effort to address this issue.
Q: How were the closure recommendations made?
A: The recommendations were made based on a comprehensive population and boundary study conducted by the district. Factors such as enrollment data, population projections, building conditions, and community input were taken into account.
Q: When will the final decision be made?
A: The board is scheduled to vote on the closure recommendations on January 9. Before this, the public has the opportunity to provide feedback through the district website and at a public hearing on December 5.
Q: What will happen to the staff if the schools are closed?
A: Regardless of school closures, the district has assured that equivalent employment opportunities will be offered to the staff affected by these changes.