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The process to create a new school district in southeast Salt Lake County has begun. After voters approved the creation of a new school district in the communities of Sandy, Draper, Cottonwood Heights, Midvale, Alta and unincorporated Salt Lake County, the formal transition process began with the appointment of two transition teams. These two transition teams, representing the new (east) school district and the remaining (west) school district, will meet over the next six months to determine how the Jordan School District's assets should be divided. All schools which serve specific geographic areas will be part of the district in which they are located. The assets which serve district-wide purposes are those which will be divided.
The Lieutenant Governor's office has received the formal boundary descriptions for the new school district and has issued a "Certificate of Entity Creation" which formally established the new school district.
The elections to choose a school board for this new district will be held on June 24. The election will be an open election with no primary. Anyone interested in running for a seat on the new school board need to file with the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office between March 7 and 17. The County Council had determined the voter district boundaries for these seven new school board seats. The map showing these district boundaries is available here. The new school board will take office on July 15, 2008.
Once the new school board is elected, they will make decisions regarding programming and staffing for the new school district. The new school district will have enough resources to continue every program currently offered by the Jordan School District, although specific programming decisions will be made by the new board.
The new school district will begin offering services on July 1, 2009.
Draper, Alta, Sandy, Midvale, Cottonwood Heights, and Salt Lake County have hired a consulting team to study the feasibility of creating a new school district. The purpose of the study is to provide independent information to community leaders and citizens to help determine if creating a new school district would be beneficial to our community. The outside consulting team presented their findings on May 1.
If you have any questions about the process to create a new school district, contact Korban Lee at 568-7156 or click to email.