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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Good news for Small School Districts

By Carlene Walker
Utah State Senator, District 8

A preliminary feasibility study indicates that a new school district, consisting of
  • Cottonwood heights
  • Draper
  • Midvale, and
  • Sandy
would be a healthy division. A newly created district would not damage the remaining Jordan School District and there would be no tax increase for residents of either district. In fact, after the debt service is paid by the new, smaller school district, there will be the potential for lower taxes, or smaller class sizes.

This report went public last night at the new Cottonwood Heights City Council Meeting. You can read a copy here (please excuse my scribbling in the margins).

The ad hoc group continues to meet to work out details of HB 77 (creating smaller school districts).

I'll keep our blog readers posted.


Anonymous Bob said...

Thank you for these updates!

7/31/2006 4:20 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

I am very interested in this - is there any news from Midvale? Their mayor (whom I believe is a former superintendent?) seemed opposed.

I haven't formed an opinion on this yet. I am happy in my large district (Davis), but I know of some who feel that is hard to have their concerns heard. I also wonder if some programs would be lost if the districts become smaller.

8/01/2006 1:50 PM  
Anonymous carlene walker said...

Midvale's Mayor Seghini, was an assistant superintendent in Jordan School District and her loyalty is there but when she realizes that her constituents may be better served by a new smaller school district she may change her mind. Most of us are reserving judgement and are not totaly convinced that this is the answer but we need to give it a chance and the ad hoc group is trying to create tools to do the job right. Small rural districts often cannot provide all the opportunities that larger urban and suburban districts can but shared facilities and programs is a good option for new districts.
Sen.Carlene Walker

8/02/2006 10:16 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Thank you for this information. I am very interested in seeing how this works out. If the result is school districts that are more responsive to parents and even more able to meet the needs of the students, it will be very welcome.

8/05/2006 4:45 PM  
Anonymous carlene walker said...

Stay tuned...Tuesday evening at 7 pm Mike Bennett will present his report to the Sandy City Council. If the response is as positive as the ones from Draper and Cottonwood Heights City Councils we could have a strong movement starting.

8/06/2006 8:11 PM  
Anonymous wecandoit said...

Let's reduce the involvement of the federal and state governments too in an effort to make education more community oriented. Actually, let's stop the politics and special interest groups (of all sides) from their agendas and focus just on making all schools great schools.

I think there are ways we could make each individual school more responsive to communities without having to divide things up dramatically or spend lots of extra money.

Greater local control is indeed a good thing. Satisfying the political agendas of liberal special interest groups like teachers' unions or voucher groups is not.

8/07/2006 5:23 AM  

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