Davis School District seeks input on new high school’s name, mascot, boundaries

Thursday , April 20, 2017 - 1:36 PM

ANNA BURLESON, Standard-Examiner Staff

FARMINGTON — The Davis School District is getting ready to make decisions as construction continues on its new high school in Farmington.

At a Board of Education meeting Tuesday, April 18, Director of Secondary Schools Dan Linford outlined the process that will be used to pick the school’s name, colors and mascot.

Students at Davis and Viewmont high schools will be asked to come up with six possible school names and mascots.

A district work study group consisting of district administrators and planning staff will compile those ideas for a stakeholder survey that will go out to the families of students at those high schools, as well as the junior high and elementary schools that feed into them.

Linford said the surveys will be completed by the end of the school year to ensure the public can participate.

District spokesman Chris Williams said using that information, the work group will narrow the name and mascot options to three, and the school board will then have the final say, selecting from the three final options.

According to a handout Linford gave board members, the school’s colors will be chosen by the school’s architectural firm VCBO Architects. The company will establish five color combinations, which will be included on a second stakeholder survey with a smaller list of names and mascot options.

Williams said it’s unknown right now whether school employees will be included as respondents in the two stakeholder surveys.

The board will also select the school’s colors once the work group uses survey feedback to narrow the options.

Lindford said it’s important to establish a mascot and colors this summer so it can be incorporated into the school’s construction.

The school has guaranteed maximum price of $75.8 million and is slated to open north of Glovers Lane in fall 2018.

Boundary study

With the new school in Farmington comes new boundaries.

Darrell White, one of the district’s former superintendents, has been hired as a consultant to work on the boundary study.

White told the board a survey was posted online at Davis.k12.ut.us to determine the community’s priorities when making boundary decisions. The survey will close at 5 p.m., Friday, April 21, and as of Tuesday already had about 5,000 responses.

“We want to know what people think,” White said.

The next step will be an online comment period followed by focus groups made up of community members from areas that will be the most affected. White said principals and community councils will assist in setting up the focus groups this summer.

“This is a great source of feedback because those people are very focused on their school,” White said, referencing community councils.

There will then be open houses in October and a public hearing with the board so the public can voice concerns.

White is using a computer program that can divide and tally any area of the school district, showing how many students live there and what grade they’re in.

“We’re in the preliminary part of the process,” he said. “We’re looking at a lot of data.”

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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