PROVO — Last month's decision to close Grandview Elementary came with little opposition — until Tuesday night.

About 45 people stayed until 11 p.m. for a Provo School District Board of Education meeting to protest reverberations of the closure of Grandview, specifically the transferring of the students in the Upper Carterville neighborhood from Westridge Elementary to Edgemont Elementary.

About 100 students live in Upper Carterville.

The discussion, which included comments from residents and school board members, lasted so long that the school board agreed to postpone a scheduled vote on elementary boundaries for another area of town, the southwest.

It was unclear why the Upper Carterville residents did not know last month's meeting could potentially shift the neighborhood's boundaries.

"This is kind of an after-the-fact thing," board member Shannon Poulson said.

The Deseret Morning News published stories about the matter. Many parent members of a Grandview closure committee said it was clear the Upper Carterville

boundary decisions would be made with the Grandview closure decision.

But Julie Roper, an Upper Carterville resident who was on the Grandview closure committee, said it was not clear to her. She was surprised and upset to learn the two decisions were made "in one breath."

Camille Williams said her grandchildren, who live with her, never brought her any communication from their school or district that the boundaries may shift.

"Westridge (Elementary) sent home fliers to everybody," said Christine Manwarring, who said she made them herself.

Upper Carterville residents said they felt frustrated because the neighborhood, sandwiched in north Provo between State Street and University Avenue, doesn't have a nearby school.

They have attended three different elementary schools in recent years.

"Every time a boundary change comes up it seems like our neighborhood is always talked about first (for closure)," said Karen Chadburn.

Residents at Tuesday night's meeting said they identify most with west-side schools and want to remain at Westridge Elementary.

School board member Sandy Packard said she presented the community three different boundary proposal maps over the closure of Grandview Elementary.

"I just challenge you, if you think you could have come up with a different plan than the ones we presented, give it to me now," she said.


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