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. College board members determined to maintain the varsity open, however it’s now on a brand new proposed examine record of colleges which may be thought-about for boundary modifications or closure.

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 examine record earlier this month, after listening to that the anticipated continued drop in enrollment subsequent 12 months would assist 76.5 fewer instructing positions, underneath its formulation for staffing colleges. The board voted to trim 42 jobs as a substitute, which district officers anticipate will be performed by retirements and attrition, with out layoffs.

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

(Christopher Cherrington | The Salt Lake Tribune)

A spokesperson for the district didn’t instantly remark.

A number of of the faculties on the brand new proposed record had 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 examine record.

Bennion and 5 different colleges 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 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, based on the district’s 2021 enrollment report.)

Bennion mother and father, academics 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 had been homeless, and at the very least 30 youngsters lived on the close by girls’s shelter for home violence victims a couple of blocks away. Practically 65 p.c of scholars had been minorities.

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

(Christopher Cherrington | The Salt Lake Tribune)

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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 typically 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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