Here are the 13 Salt Lake City schools proposed for possible boundary changes or closures

The proposed record is on the agenda for the varsity board’s Tuesday assembly.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake Metropolis’s M. Lynn Bennion Elementary is proven in 2019, when it was proposed for closure. Faculty board members determined to maintain the varsity open, however it’s now on a brand new proposed research record of faculties that could be thought of for boundary modifications or closure.

Dealing with enrollment declines that accelerated within the fall of 2020, Salt Lake Metropolis college board members have begun the method of evaluating faculties for attainable boundary modifications or closures.

Board members requested Superintendent Timothy Gadson to develop a research record earlier this month, after listening to that the anticipated continued drop in enrollment subsequent 12 months would assist 76.5 fewer educating positions, beneath its method for staffing faculties. The board voted to trim 42 jobs as a substitute, which district officers anticipate will be accomplished via retirements and attrition, with out layoffs.

The agenda for the board’s Tuesday assembly features a research record proposed to Gadson by Paul Schulte, the district’s govt director of Auxiliary Companies, on Feb. 17. He suggests evaluating 13 elementary faculties in 5 clusters, based mostly on the age of the buildings, enrollment, their utilization and proximity to different faculties. Two faculties are listed twice — Franklin and Wasatch elementaries.

Schulte’s record will probably be offered for questions and additional steering from board members Tuesday, district spokesperson Yándary Chatwin stated.

(Christopher Cherrington | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Beneath the district’s procedures for boundary modifications and college closures, Gadson was required by the top of February to collect info to current to the board.

The following step described within the process is for the board to approve an official research record, after which from March to Could, district employees would meet with representatives from every college. From Could to June, an choices committee — convened by Gadson — would develop an inventory of options it considers viable, for presentation to the board in July.

The choices committee appointed by Gadson can create a special record than Schulte’s proposal, Chatwin famous.

Faculty board members usually are not anticipated to touch upon Schulte’s record throughout their Tuesday assembly, Chatwin stated. His suggestion to judge the faculties in clusters permits the board to contemplate the influence that closing one college may have on others round it, she added.

Some faculties on Schulte’s record supply distinctive choices which will should migrate elsewhere if they’re closed. For instance, Franklin and Emerson elementaries supply particular training programming. Mary W. Jackson, Emerson and Hawthorne elementaries supply twin immersion Spanish studying. Emerson’s program can be a part of the district’s gifted courses, often called the Prolonged Studying Program, and Hawthorne can be a magnet ELP college.

A number of of the faculties on the brand new proposed record had been evaluated in 2019 by a committee of district workers and fogeys, and the group advised the closure of M. Lynn Bennion Elementary, situated close to downtown at 429 S. 800 East.

Whereas the varsity board didn’t shut Bennion then, its enrollment has continued to say no and it’s on the brand new proposed research record.

Bennion and 5 different faculties on the proposed new record had been recognized as “underutilized” within the 2019 evaluation, with house for a further 250 college students or extra. These faculties are Ensign, Franklin, Nibley Park, Parkview, and Riley.

Bennion, Edison and Riley are the three Salt Lake Metropolis elementary faculties on the proposed record the place all the college students are from low-income households. (There are 5 such elementary faculties within the district, together with Liberty and Meadowlark, in line with the district’s 2021 enrollment report.)

Bennion dad and mom, lecturers and college students opposed the closure suggestion at an emotional assembly in February 2019. They informed the board that greater than 1 / 4 of scholars at Bennion had been homeless, and a minimum of 30 youngsters lived on the close by girls’s shelter for home violence victims just a few blocks away. Almost 65 p.c of scholars had been minorities.

As a Title I college, Bennion receives supplemental federal funding on account of its proportion of low-income households — considered one of a number of such faculties on the proposed new record.

(Christopher Cherrington | The Salt Lake Tribune)


• District precinct maps and every precinct’s college board member.

• The district’s procedures for contemplating boundary modifications and college closures.

• The district’s Fall 2021 Enrollment report. The numbers for every college are usually barely decrease than the numbers utilized in a newer finances report back to the board.

• The 2019 Equitable Use of Buildings report.

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