Boundary changes approved for 3 Weber high schools, 2 elementaries

Wednesday , March 01, 2017 - 7:38 PM

ANNA BURLESON, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — The Weber School District Board of Education unanimously approved changes to school boundary lines at a meeting Wednesday evening. 

The new lines expand the boundaries for Weber and Roy high schools into what was formerly Fremont High School territory in an effort to ease overcrowding there.

Fremont High's building is at 118 percent capacity. With the use of 11 portables, capacity actually sits at 101 percent, according to district data.

Four high school boundary change ideas were presented to the board with the note that the committees that developed them preferred moving the largest number of students possible.

“We don’t want to have to come back and do this again,” Executive Director of Secondary Education Art Hansen said.

The board took this into account and selected those plans.

Board President Brent Richardson said the process of drawing the new lines was collaborative.

“This isn’t a bunch of district people sitting down and creating a plan, it’s the people in the area who will be affected by these boundary adjustments,” he said.

The Weber High boundary will now extend east to Highway 89 and include Harrisville and Pleasant View. Roy High boundaries will also extend eastward to S 4300 West.

This means the western Orion Junior High School boundary will move farther west past the railroad tracks, shrinking Wahlquist Junior High School boundaries.

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Country View Elementary School boundaries have also been extended north toward Kanesville Elementary School because of overcrowding there.

West Haven Elementary School was originally considered for a boundary adjustment but it was ultimately left alone because of new housing developments in the area.

“We felt like as a committee if we were to add students to West Haven, we would probably have a problem in the next year or two,” Executive Director of Elementary Education Cami Alexander said.

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Kanesville Elementary is at 102 percent building capacity but with two portable classrooms, sits at 96 percent capacity.

Alexander said community feedback was taken into account, even an email sent to her at about 11 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28.

“Our committees have worked very hard to make sure the voices of their constituents have been heard,” she said.

The boundary changes take effect next school year. School counselors will assist students with their schedules should the boundary changes impact them. Families may also apply for boundary exceptions. 

Interactive maps of the boundary changes are available at wsd.net

The board also voted unanimously to reappoint Robert Peterson to the position of business administrator, a two-year appointment.

Contact education reporter Anna Burleson at aburleson@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnagatorB or like her on Facebook at Facebook.com/BurlesonReports.

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