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The Likely Outcome With Park City School’s Grade Realignment

Park City School District’s Master Planning Committee has been looking at realigning grades (i.e., shifting which grades are in which school buildings) as part of its exploration of rebuilding Treasure Mountain Junior High School. The committee will then make a recommendation to the Park City School Board. The board then votes on it.

During Wednesday’s meeting, the group said multiple times that it was likely they would at least recommend pre-kindergarten through 4th grade in our elementary schools and 9th grade through 12th grade at Park City High School. This leaves the question of what to do with 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. There are a couple of competing ideas, one would be to have a building with 5th and 6th graders and another building with 7th and 8th graders. A second idea is to have a campus that would house 5th through 8th but have some separation so that 5th graders are not with 8th graders.

As Wednesday’s meeting drew to a close, it seemed fairly evident that a number of committee members were opposed to housing 5th through 8th on the same campus. This was due to the question of where that campus would go (likely at the Ecker Hill school site), the traffic it would generate, and just some general “bad feelings” about the idea.

So, as of now, our money is on Pre-K to 4th at elementary schools, 5th and 6th at Ecker Hill, 7th and 8th at the new Treasure Mountain Junior High (likely still on Kearns), and 9th to 12th at the High School. That said, this of course has to be finalized by the committee, passed by the School Board, and voters would need to vote on a bond for both building a new Treasure Mountain and adding on to Park City High School. So, it has a little ways to go but don’t be surprised if its the final outcome. If this isn’t a course of action you like, ">you need to email the school board immediately. They have received very little negative feedback about this idea. So, as they say, speak now or forever hold your peace.


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