About 40 elementary school students will find themselves in different surroundings next year when they return from summer vacation, but many parents are excited about that change.
Several parents have gone to the Provo Board of Education in past months seeking the change, and the board on Tuesday approved the boundary change for Joaquin and Wasatch elementary schools.The change includes extending the Wasatch boundary from Seventh North to 450 North, sending more students to Wasatch, where classes have been smaller than at Joaquin.
Parents requested the change, not only to get smaller class sizes but also so children won't have to cross Ninth and Seventh East streets, two main routes to Brigham Young University.
"This year when I've walked to school for different activities it has been hard enough to get across the street myself. I don't know how they do it," said Mardi Hoschouer, a parent living in the area affected by the change.
Parent Cheryl Frey said: "We are really happy with the change. Our daughter won't have to go across Ninth or Seventh East. We are really looking forward to smaller classes."
Frey and her husband were interested in the boundary change because their oldest child will start kindergarten next fall.
Joaquin is at 550 N. Sixth East. Wasatch is at 1080 N. 10th East.
School Superintendent Jim Bergera said the district plans to move a two-room mobile unit to Wasatch before school starts next fall.
Joaquin Principal Marlin Palmer said the change will move 43 students to Wasatch.
"Our biggest problem has been that we have had 35-plus students in each of our first grades since the beginning of the year. We have had a full-time aide in the classes, but that is a bit large. The change will take first grades down to 26 or 27."
The change brings with it trade-offs, he said. "We feel bad to lose those super families in that area, but it will be more convenient, plus there will not be a worry about the hazard of crossing Ninth East."
Hoschouer said the change also will allow her children to attend elementary school with the same children with whom they will attend junior high and high school. "They won't be split up with friends."