The smoke from the boundary change battles in south Davis County is still wafting, but school district officials are ready to do it again - this time in the north.
Actually, it's a matter of life and death for the bulging Layton and Clearfield high schools."They're getting blitzed," said District Superintendent Richard Kendell.
Enrollment at Clearfield is around 2,200, about 200 more than it was designed to accommodate. Layton's student body numbers about 2,000, or 100 more than its normal capacity. Based on current populations in junior high schools, enrollment at each high school is expected to top 2,600 by the 1992-93 season.
By then, however, a new $28 million high school, whose foundations are being poured this month, should be completed to relieve enrollment pressures on those schools.Although the school isn't expected to open for business until August 1992, the school board is anxious to get boundaries drawn.
"We want to get the boundaries drawn so we can get kids and parents together to decide school name, mascot and colors," said Louenda Downs, School Board vice president. The board also wants to organize a citizens group from within the new boundary that would help screen applicants for principal, Downs said.
So, by Dec. 11, the board hopes to be able to appoint a consultant and a citizens advisory committee to make the changes.
The consultant will likely be chosen from outside the district. Such was the case last year when the district appointed former Granite Superintendent John Reed Call as consultant in formulating boundary change proposals involving Davis, Viewmont, Bountiful and Woods Cross high schools.
Kendell said the board was pleased with Call and may appoint him to deal with the boundary issues in the north.
"We're looking at three or four people for the job and haven't made any decisions yet."
Unlike the south-end process, however, the consultant in the north will work from the beginning with the committee, which will be comprised of six or seven patrons of Clearfield High, six or seven from Layton High and two from Davis High.
"We have to keep an eye on Davis because it's the least flexible school (to accommodate any more growth)," Kendell said.
Could Davis students be involved in the boundary change? "There's no intent at this point that Davis will be affected," Kendell said, noting that it depends on how quickly the Mutton Hollow area, on the border of Layton and Kaysville, develops.
Kendell would not speculate on how the boundaries might be changed, saying "Anything is possible."
The consultant and the committee will work from January to April to come up with a boundary change proposal, which will be presented April 16 to the board.
The board has scheduled public hearings in April and May and will make a final decision June 4.