The proposed record is on the agenda for the varsity board’s Tuesday assembly.
Going through enrollment declines that accelerated within the fall of 2020, Salt Lake Metropolis college board members have begun the method of evaluating colleges for potential 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 help 76.5 fewer educating positions, underneath its method for staffing colleges. The board voted to trim 42 jobs as a substitute, which district officers anticipate might be finished by means of 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. He suggests evaluating 13 elementary colleges in 5 clusters, based mostly on the age of the buildings, enrollment, their utilization and proximity to different colleges. Two colleges are listed twice — Franklin and Wasatch elementaries.
A spokesperson for the district didn’t instantly remark.
A number of of the faculties on the brand new proposed record have been evaluated in 2019 by a committee of district staff and oldsters, and the group advised the closure of M. Lynn Bennion Elementary, positioned 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 colleges on the proposed new record have been recognized as “underutilized” within the 2019 overview, with area for an extra 250 college students or extra. These colleges are Ensign, Franklin, Nibley Park, Parkview, and Riley.
Bennion, Edison and Riley are the three Salt Lake Metropolis elementary colleges on the proposed record the place all the college students are from low-income households. (There are 5 such elementary colleges within the district, together with Liberty and Meadowlark, in keeping 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 advised the board that greater than 1 / 4 of scholars at Bennion have been homeless, and no less than 30 kids lived on the close by girls’s shelter for home violence victims a number of blocks away. Practically 65 p.c of scholars have been minorities.
As a Title I college, Bennion receives supplemental federal funding attributable to its proportion of low-income households — certainly one of a number of such colleges on the proposed new record.
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• District precinct maps and every precinct’s college board member.
• The district’s Fall 2021 Enrollment report. The numbers for every college are usually barely decrease than the numbers utilized in a newer funds report back to the board.
• The 2019 Equitable Use of Buildings report.