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Salt Lake City School District considers closing Bennion Elementary

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – The Salt Lake City School District held a board meeting Tuesday night to discuss the possible closure of Bennion Elementary. 

The district says that due to low enrollment numbers that it makes sense economically to spread out students to nearby schools as the overall enrollment decreases year-over-year. Additionally, the district says it will need 18 fewer teachers next year than it currently needs. 

One individual at a meeting, who identified herself as a teacher at Bennion said she had “no idea” of the school closure until the last couple weeks. One parent said that by closing the school, it moves to burden other schools with enlarged classrooms. 

Yándary Chatwin, a spokesperson for the district says that this meeting is simply an initial start to the process, that she welcomes the public to continue to provide input at any future meetings and that no date has been set to make a vote on the future of the school.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 8 a.m. at Bennion Elementary. 

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