The Davis School Board has given its tentative approval to a plan to move 135 students from overcrowded West Point Elementary to underused West Clinton Elementary.
The board voted to accept a task force report and take a final vote at its next meeting March 21 in Bountiful High School.If the plan is approved, the shift would affect students living in an area roughly between Eighth North and 18th North and 45th West and 30th West. A 14-member task force of parents and administrators met three times and recommended the plan to be implemented at the beginning of the next school year, Richard Hoskins, task force chairman, told the school board Tuesday.
The committee has also recommended an alternative that would move the boundary to 40th West and shift only 100 students. The school board, however, accepted the first proposal unanimously.
Hoskins said comments taken at a public meeting in January seemed positive and a survey of the affected area was positive, although only 11 people returned survey questionnaires.
Currently, West Point Elementary has an enrollment of 744 - 93 more than the building was designed for. An increase in 50 students last year and home construction in the attendance area suggests that the school's population will continue to climb, the task force report says.
At the same time, West Clinton Elementary has an enrollment of 410 - 56 percent of capacity. Under rules established by the Legislature, funding for utilities and other expenses could be withheld if the school is not at 70 percent of capacity.