Parents not satisfied with Jordan School District boundary plans

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 31 2013 9:55 a.m. MST

"We can't wait to make a choice," she said. "My children need to go somewhere next year."

Larsen said the goal of the community meeting was to receive feedback and ultimately create alternate boundary proposals to present to the district.

Instead of the district's current proposals, which divide Elk Meadows Elementary and Terra Linda Elementary along city lines, Larsen said she'd prefer a boundary that runs along a major road, such as nearby 9000 South.

"They shouldn’t cut through people’s backyards and separate houses that are right next to each other into different schools," she said. "(The district is) asking our kids to cross over 90th South and a TRAX line and go to a school that’s in an industrial area when we're within walking distance to the school that we’ve been going to."

Larsen said organizers are also interested in asking the district to put off boundary changes for one year to allow for more discussion with community groups.

"Our first focus is our neighborhood," she said. "We’d like to have time to work together and come up with a solution that will help with this growing problem in Jordan School District."

Riesgraf said any decision on boundary changes, including whether to postpone them for a year, would be up to the Jordan School Board. But she added that many of the district's schools are currently dealing with overcrowding.

"There are schools that really do need some relief, and that’s why you propose boundary changes," she said. "Even if the bond had passed, we would have proposed some boundary changes and likely would have had to move forward with some boundary changes. Now we’re just having to consider more than we would have if the bond had passed."

Riesgraf reiterated that residents are encouraged to review the boundary proposals on the district's website and participate in the online survey. She also said the district will host a series of open house meetings to receive feedback from community members beginning the week of Jan. 6.

The next Jordan School Board meeting is scheduled for Jan. 28.

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