Population and Boundary Study
PAGE UPDATED: September 13, 2023
In August, the Board of Education approved the Boundary Options Committee's recommendation that the district further study seven elementary schools for potential closure: Emerson, Hawthorne, M. Lynn Bennion, Mary W. Jackson, Newman, Riley, and Wasatch.
First, the district has grouped the considerations into five primary categories that represent critical principles that will guide the development of recommendations to the Board. The five categories are:
- Student enrollment and residential population
- Proximity and availability of neighborhood schools
- Building and learning environment quality
- Strategic placement of district-wide programs for equitable access
- Community input and stakeholder feedback
Second, the district will compile and evaluate additional data related to each of the categories.
Third, the district will evaluate the implications of closing the schools recommended for further study. For example, the district will consider whether there is a large enough neighborhood population of students in the surrounding area to support a school at a right-size in the range of 400 to 550 students. As another example, the district will assess if there are alternative neighborhood schools that students can walk to and from safely. If a number of issues related to closure cannot be overcome, the school may not be recommended for closure.
Ultimately, in evaluating the five categories above, the district will take a holistic approach to determine which schools to recommend for closure. Through this approach, we will balance needs across the district to best serve our students.
Each of the considerations and how they will be used in the process of further study are listed below.
- 1. Student Enrollment and Residential Population
- 2. Proximity and Availability of Neighborhood Schools
- 3. Building and Learning Environment Quality
- 4. Strategic Placement of District-Wide Programs for Equity and Access
- 5. Community Input and Stakeholder Feedback
- Considerations not in primary use for school closure decision making
- Why close schools?
- What is the right size for an elementary school?
- What are the benefits of a “right-sized” elementary school?
- My student is part of the ELP magnet program or dual language immersion program. What will happen to the program if my student’s school closes?
- What will the process look like if my student’s school closes?
- How can I stay informed about this process?