Longview Elementary School falls 41 students short of meeting the state's utilization requirement, so the Murray School District will probably bus students from a new west-side subdivision to bring the school up to the standard.
The district proposal would bus students from Cimmarron Subdivision, located south of I-215 and west of the Jordan River, to the east-side Longview Elementary School beginning next fall.Assistant Superintendent David West told the Murray Board of Education that the subdivision has only about a dozen elementary students, who currently attend Viewmont Elementary School, but the area has the potential of adding 105 elementary students to the Longview enrollment in the next few years.
The school has a capacity of 480, but current enrollment is 350. It must hit 391 to meet the state standard. Schools that fall below the state requirement can lose their funding. Without the additional students, the Longview enrollment is projected to decline to 305 by 1993.
There are schools closer to Cimmarron, but they cannot handle a large influx of students, West said. Viewmont Elementary School is already on a year round schedule because of high enrollment. The neighborhoods feeding into Grant Elementary School are also expected to experience a lot of growth in the next few years.
Besides, putting the Cimmarron students in those schools would not solve the Longview problem, West said.
"We have a real concern about Longview," said Superintendent Ronald L. Stephens. "We don't want to see it closed. To close that school would be a real disaster, in our judgment."
Two years ago, Murray elementary students living between Fifth and Ninth East and 59th and 61st South were designated as in a optional area, meaning they could attend either Longview or McMillan elementary schools. Most go to Longview but there are still 16 who attend McMillan.
West said requiring those children to attend Longview is not viewed as a feasible solution.
Several parents living in the optional area agreed, urging the school board to allow their children to finish at McMillan.
School board members said they agreed with the district's proposal, but they postponed a decision on it until their Feb. 22 meeting so that Longview parents could be formally notified of the planned change.
West also reported to the board that districtwide enrollment projections show slow, but steady growth for the school district in the next five years. Last fall, Murray had 6,039 students. That is projected at 6,539 by 1993.
He said the district's schools could accommodate 7,043 students. "We have ample room for the foreseeable future."
The district has also decided not to move Horizon and Grant elementary schools, located on Murray's growing west side, to a year-round schedule. West said a feasibility study showed that wasn't necessary at this time.