Letter addressed to Principal Jabakumar and the Arcadia School Community Council dated 2/7/2017:
First, let me thank you for your efforts to bring so many in your community together to discuss the boundary study process. Ben and I were warmly welcomed and felt the time spent at your school was productive and informative.
I took your request for a boundary study to the Population Analysis Committee (PAC). This committee is responsible for vetting boundary study requests and then making formal recommendations to the board as to whether they should become official boundary studies or not. After much discussion, the PAC decided that we would not recommend an official study of Arcadia to the board this cycle.
In reviewing your request with the committee, there is much uncertainty as to the impact of any current change to your boundary situation. We have an obligation to make decisions regarding long term solutions for all schools and populations in Granite District. As such, we would like to take the next year to gain a better understanding of such impacts with respect to a change in your school’s feeder pattern.
However, this decision does not mean we will do nothing to respond to your community’s request. My office will in fact take this year to provide your council the information you are seeking. In other words, we will still proceed to analyze your boundary and feeder as if it were part of the study, but it won’t be part of the official study. This should alleviate concerns that we heard from some parents regarding committing the community to an outcome they may not want. This also gives us time to help other communities that possibly could be impacted by your school’s decision to consider how they might address those issues.
If after we provide this analysis to your council and community, your community council feels the information warrants formal study, we will resubmit the request to the board in 2018.
I would be happy to come address this response in person with your council. Please let us know if you would like to do so or if we can respond to any questions in the meantime. We anticipate getting back with your council in the coming months to review the data we have compiled as part of our unofficial study of your boundary and feeder pattern. Thanks again for your interest.
Director – Planning & Boundaries and Facility Rentals
Granite School District
LETTER FROM 1/27/2017: This afternoon’s (1/27) Community Council meeting was to go over the process and time-line for boundary changes in Granite School District.
Ben Horsley, Communications Director, and Steve Hogan, Planning & Boundaries Director, presented the material and took questions.
- The process starts in January and goes for a full year.
• See attached handout for time-line
• Community Council can request a study of findings and facts affecting feeder system for Granite Board approval
• Findings may be considered for a decision or no decision may be made; the community decides what is feasible.
• Open houses are usually held in the fall.
• Final decisions, if made, are done in December.
• If a decision to change feeder system is made, it begins in fall of the following year.
• The district will bus students for up to 2 years as part of the grandfathering process; siblings will be given priority to stay together, if the community makes a decision.
• The goal is to avoid split feeders.
• Look at YouTube GSD presentations on feeder studies at Neil Armstrong for more explicit information.
This was an info-dispensing meeting. About 30+ patrons attended and asked questions. Parents wanted to know about time schedules, electives, sports, space availability in the feeder system, and ramifications of boundary changes on other schools in Granite. All information will be made available to all members, with translations in Spanish.
Community Council plans to meet at 12:30 Monday, Jan 30th to decide on requesting a study. Perhaps a study will occur but nothing be done beyond it, if that’s the decision of the community. We may meet in the gym if the Conference Room is not enough.
A translation of the above will be made available in Spanish soon.