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Published: Wednesday, April 27 2011 2:00 p.m. MDT

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Sugar City, ID

Building this new expensive building is not necessary. School buildings can handle 33% more students if the school district adopts a year round school with three tracks: A) Students born in September, October, November and December would attend Fall and Winter. B) Students born in January, February, March and April woul attend Winter and Summer. C) Students born in May, June, July and August would attend summer and fall. This makes much better use of the physical facilities without overcrowding. It's a pity to spend $65 million dollars on a building that will be relatively empty for 1/3 of the year. BYU-Idaho and other universities are adopting a 3-track system and it is very successful. Perhaps it should be used in our public schools as well.

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

$65 millions sure sounds like a gold plated edifice that may satisfy the egos of the school board members, who are proving themselves to be typical of the "academic elites" with entitlement mentalities. It surely does not reflect the needs of the taxpayers who must pay for this extravagance, nor the modest needs of high school students.

This is just one more example of how out of touch the Canyons School District is from the citizens they work for.

Time for some partisan elections to throw the incumbents out and replace them with business minded leaders, not coddled career school bureaucrats.

Salt Lake, UT

so they want to build a huge high school to move 9th in to the high school and put 6th in the middle schools? Jordan tried this back in the 80's it didn't work well, how about they stick to a cheaper basic design, rather than a designer school. look at the design of Jordan it has very high ceilings that waste space. i remember when they built some of these fancy looking schools they didn't have enough money to put books in the libraries. ps canyons may want to rename Jordan High as Canyons High now that they are not the Jordan District, just a thought.

Lifelong Republican
Orem, UT

The gymnasium at this high school is going to hold more people than some of the college gymnasiums.

Alta already has a strong reputation.

Why mess with that?

Positive View
South Jordan, Utah

As I recall, Draper complained that they were the only city in CSD that did not have a high school. So Doty, et.al., puts the 9th graders in the high schools to justify enough population to build the new Draper school that is not needed. This will expose 14 and 15 year olds to the pressures of dating (the reason most Utah districts do not do this). To keep the middle school populations up they move the 6th grade into the middle schools. Now they will be underpopulated in their elementary schools. Does this mean they will be closing some elementary schools or just running them half full?

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

OH NO!!! A High_School in DRAPER!!!! What will we do!

You people realize that there isn't a single public_High_School in Draper... right?

Draper has lots of kids... they NEED a High School.

Currently all they have is a PRIVATE Catholic High_School and a small alternative High School for students with special_needs. I think Draper is big enough to deserve a PUBLIC High School... don't you?


I suspect a LOT of the angst over Draper getting a High_School is fueled by the anger over the Canyons/Jordan school district split. Am I right?

But you realize this was part of what lead to the split... Communities like Draper who have never had a High School NEEDED a High School... and there were ZERO High Schools on the Jordan School District Master Plan for these communities.

Residents of these communities could see the writing on the wall. They were NEVER going to get a High_School if they stayed in Jordan District. That's part of what started the movement to get out.

Now that they are separate (they don't pay for your projects and you don't pay for theirs)... It's really none of your business.

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