RIVERTON, Utah (ABC4 News) – One of the state’s largest school districts is changing boundaries for thousands of its students.
The move, approved Tuesday night by the Jordan School District School Board, will affect mostly elementary and middle school students.
School Board Presidents Janice Voorhies tells ABC4 that five schools are opening next year in the district because of explosive population growth in the district — and boundary changes were inevitable.
“It’s hard — change is hard. But many many parents have said, ‘I’m happy to have my children go to a new school or to a different school because I believe the school district is doing a good job,’” said Voorhies.
Voorhies acknowledges that many people have also been critical of the moves — and some of those parents voiced their concerns Tuesday night.
One parent said:
“This is a tough pill to swallow. I don’t really understand what we’re going to be doing with her now — and where we’re going to be sending her to school.”
Voorhies says there will be a chance for parents to apply for a permit; that permit would allow students to stay at their existing school and within the current boundaries. She says those permits will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.