Adjustments in the state's formula for calculating the use of schools has significantly improved Granite District's position, but three schools still are out of compliance.
Citizen committees are meeting to develop recommendations on how the problems in the three schools can best be resolved. The schools that don't meet the 70 percent use requirement are Canyon Rim (62 percent), East Mill Creek (56 percent) and Roosevelt (65 percent).All are in Granite's east sector. The possibility of closing one of the schools is an alternative being discussed by citizen committees investigating the matter.
Glen Park, chairman of the east region committee, told Granite Board members Tuesday night the umbrella group for the local committees expects to make recommendations at the board's May 17 meeting.
Park praised the quality of the committee members and said they have spent much time studying volumes of material and "tried to find common ground between the north and south interests."
Before the Office of Education changed criteria for determining how efficiently space was being used, the district had at least 10 schools that were out of compliance with the 70 percent use requirement, said Riley O'Neil, deputy superintendent.
Schools that do not meet the legislative edict face loss of state money for insurance and utilities.
School officials in several districts, including Granite, had objected to the inclusion of auditoriums, computer laboratories, stages, special-needs rooms and other non-classroom space in the calculations.
The state office has now excluded these spaces.