The Open Classroom, a non-traditional, parent-cooperative program in the Salt Lake School District, may have a new home again next fall.
The school district is working on plans to move the program from its temporary quarters at the old Garfield Elementary School, 923 Garfield Ave. (1831 South), to Washington Elementary School, 420 N. Second West.Assistant Superintendent Jack Keegan said Washington parents and staff approve of the addition of the Open Classroom. Washington has a declining enrollment and is below the state's 70 percent utilization requirement. The Open Classroom would be located in the school's annex.
Open Classroom was moved to Garfield, which had been closed as an elementary school, after friction developed between Open Classroom and its host school, Rosslyn Heights Elementary, 2291 S. 20th East.
Keegan said the location at Garfield was temporary, however, because the old school didn't have a school library and other educational support services for the Open Classroom students.
A transition team with parents, teachers and administrators will be formed to move the program to Washington, Keegan said.