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New Configuration Public Hearing. May 15, 2008 Superintendent Terry E. Shoemaker. Presentation Purposes. Why the need for a configuration change? What are some proposed solutions? What are the benefits of the proposed change? How much will the proposed configuration changes cost?

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New configuration public hearing

New Configuration Public Hearing

May 15, 2008

Superintendent Terry E. Shoemaker


Presentation purposes
Presentation Purposes

  • Why the need for a configuration change?

  • What are some proposed solutions?

  • What are the benefits of the proposed change?

  • How much will the proposed configuration changes cost?

  • Which building will house grades 7/8 and which building will house grades 5/6?

  • When will the configuration plan be operational?



Explosive enrollment growth
Explosive Enrollment Growth

  • Wasatch continues to be one of the fastest growing school districts in the state

  • Takes approximately 10 years for a class to grow 100 students

  • Our senior class this year has 304 students, our Kindergarten class has 409 students

  • We project a 3% enrollment growth each year

  • High school enrollment has declined by nearly 50 students since 2001



Three possible solutions
Three Possible Solutions

  • Move our elementary and middle school to year-round productivity models.

  • Bond to replace the Junior High School and build a new elementary school

  • Change the configuration and move students where we have additional capacity


Year round schools
Year-Round Schools

  • 4 Track Year-round schedule for elementary and possibly the middle school

  • Would need to begin such model for Midway, J.R. Smith, and Heber Valley in the 2010-11 school year

  • Rocky Mountain Middle would have to move to year-round schedule around 2012-13 school year


Bond for a new elementary school
Bond for a New Elementary School

  • Old Mill Elementary cost $8 million to build; land costs were donated, but the school district built the roads and infrastructure; around $105 per square foot

  • Today, the same structure would cost around $13,000,000 at up to $200 per square foot, plus at least $2 million for ground

  • Two years from now: estimated $14+ million for the structure and over $2.5+ million for the ground

  • Total costs for a new elementary school + ground and infrastructure could approach $18 million


Bond for a replacement jr high
Bond for a replacement Jr. High

  • A New Jr. High today (150,000 square feet) will cost $30 million at up to $200 per square foot

  • Two years from now the same structure could cost $36 million + infrastructure costs


Costs of the bonds
Costs of the Bonds

  • Up to $18 million for the new elementary

  • Up to $31-36 million for the replacement Jr. High

  • Costs could approach $49-54 million to complete these two projects

  • Debt service required of the public approaches what was needed for the new high school


Proposed new configuration
Proposed New Configuration

  • K-4 Elementary schools

  • Grades 5&6 Intermediate Elementary School

  • Grades 7&8 Junior High School

  • Grades 9-12 High School


Shifting the school population
Shifting the School Population

  • Rocky Mountain Middle currently has 36 teaching areas

  • Wasatch Mountain Jr. has 39 teaching areas

  • The new Wasatch High School has 75 teaching areas

  • There is classroom capacity available for use in all three of these schools


Classroom expansion
Classroom Expansion

  • We have 9 double portable classrooms

  • Rocky Mountain Middle and the new high school were designed to be expanded


What supports the configuration change
What Supports the Configuration Change?

  • Explosive enrollment growth

  • Accelerating commercial construction costs

  • Bond raters are concerned with our mounting debt

  • Pay off most of our existing debt

  • Maximizes the use of existing classroom space




Further study is still needed to make the determination about which building will best fit the needs of either grades 5/6 or 7/8. That decision will be made before January 1, 2009.


Costs to change the configuration
Costs to change the configuration about which building will best fit the needs of either grades 5/6 or 7/8. That decision will be made before January 1, 2009.

  • Finish the four classrooms, little theater, and auxiliary gym at the new high school (around $750,000.)

  • Brighten and repair the hallways in the current Jr. High. (around $67,500.)

  • Add playground space and equipment (around $130,000) for elementary age students

  • Transportation costs: Minimal if 5/6 is on secondary schedule; around $200,000 for additional bus drivers if 5/6 is on elementary schedule


When will the configuration change be implemented
When will the configuration change be implemented? about which building will best fit the needs of either grades 5/6 or 7/8. That decision will be made before January 1, 2009.

The configuration change would become operational in the 2009-10 school year. This is the same year that the new high school is slated to open.



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