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Monday, 31 August 2015 19:33

Canyons Facilities Committee Continues to Study Issues

While students and teachers have returned to the days of homework and quizzes, a Canyons Board of Education-appointed Facilities Committee continues to study such issues as enrollment projections, building capacities, and school boundaries.

The committee, made up of parents and school leaders from all parts of Canyons District, met for the first time of the school year on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.  The group has been meeting since the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year to give recommendations to the Board of Education on the short- and long-term school -facility needs in Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Sandy, Midvale and the town of Alta.

While the committee is discussing issues that impact all parts of Canyons District, members have focused quite a bit of attention on the current and possible future enrollment at Corner Canyon High and Willow Springs Elementary, which have all been placed on "moratorium status" because of high enrollment numbers. This means the schools will only enroll students who live within the assigned geographic boundaries. 

The committee remains dedicated to a thorough examination of the issues, says Canyons Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe.  No recommendation on any issue has been formalized or forwarded to the Board of Education for consideration.  

“It’s important to the members of this committee to be thorough and thoughtful in their review of all pertinent information,” said Dr. Briscoe. 

According to Dr. Briscoe, one of the established processes for the committee is to arrive at consensus before making an official recommendation to the Board of Education, which is the final arbiter regarding Canyons school boundaries. 

“While we have not yet arrived at that point,” Dr. Bricsoe says, “I believe we are engaging in important discussions about enrollments, new housing developments, and promising ideas of how to handle future growth of the District.” 

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