Residents will have a chance to speak to the Alpine School Board on Tuesday about proposed boundary changes for three northeast Orem elementary schools.
The board will meet at 6 p.m. for its monthly public-comment session in Grovecrest Elementary School, 200 E. 11th North, Pleasant Grove.Board members will not vote on the boundary changes until their next business meeting, March 14, but anyone interested can speak to the board Tuesday.
The proposed changes would broaden Orchard Elementary School's boundaries, cutting into part of the areas covered by Northridge and Windsor elementary schools. If the new boundary is approved, the small area to be added to Orchard would begin at Fourth East and 12th North, curve northwest to approximately 300 East, return to Fourth East at 16th North, go east along 16th North to Eighth East, then south to 14th North.
District officials say the adjustment is necessary to place in one school a new subdivision that will house a number of WordPerfect employees.
All parents at the schools affected have been notified of the proposed changes, Superintendent Steven Baugh said.
The district will schedule a public hearing if a large number of parents expresses concern about the proposal, but so far, only eight people have contacted school officials, Baugh said. Those parents had questions about how the changes would affect class sizes.
Orchard administrators say there may be many students assigned to each class, but because the school is on a year-round schedule there will always be a certain number of children on vacation.
According to district projections, Orchard enrollment actually will decline about 100 students during the next four years.
Luana Searle, Alpine's administrator of elementary schools, said most students enrolled in the three schools will not be affected by the changes.
"What we are suggesting is that a new subdivision in the 400 East-14th North area be placed within the Orchard Elementary School boundary," Searle said. "Then, as homes are built in the 36-lot development, the new students will attend Orchard. Our intent is to balance the future student populations for the three schools, while maintaining proper student-teacher ratios."
Administrators expect the families in the new subdivision will have an average of five children each.