Thursday, May 5, 2011

Alpine School District Bond Community Input Meeting

info from Karen Ashman

  Wednesday, May 11 · 7:00pm - 8:30pm

   Willowcreek Middle School
    2275 W. 300 N.
    Lehi, UT

The Alpine School District will present information about a proposed bond for the 2011 fall election. This affects everyone who owns a home in the Alpine School District, and especially those who attend schools in the Lehi area. Please mark your calendar now and plan on coming to this meeting. It is REALLY important that we have a LOT of people attend, so please spread the word and invite others to attend.

At the moment, the proposed bond includes a three story classroom addition for Lehi High School. Information about projected student enrollment through 2015 can be found here: with information specific to Lehi beginning on page 30. Projected enrollment for Lehi High for the 2015-2016 school year is 2,865. By comparison, the year before Westlake was completed, enrollment at Lehi High was 2,227.

Although a classroom addition would be helpful, it still does not completely solve the problem of increased enrollment. Construction on the classroom addition is not set to begin until 2013, and is expected to take 2 years. Enrollment for those two school years is projected to be 2,333 and 2,596, with construction taking place throughout the two school years. Lehi High is on the smallest property for a secondary school in the District, (29.11 acres) which creates the problem of major disruption during the construction phase to parking and other extra curricular activities. The auditorium seats 750, and is not slated for improvements. (roughly 1/4 the projected enrollment by 2015 alone)

At this meeting, it is critical that residents focus solely on Lehi High students and facilities, and that we not compare our facility to other secondary schools in the District. (Lehi has a reputation for 'whining', especially when comparisons are made)

This will be your only opportunity to voice your opinion, and if other communities have greater representation, Lehi High might not get the investment it so desperately needs. If you have any questions, please contact a member of the High School Community Council, PTSA or Booster Club. Please also encourage Jr. High and High School students to attend.

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