Two Orem schools won't be closing — for now

School board votes to put off vote until November

OREM, Utah (ABC 4 News) - On Tuesday night, the Alpine School District decided to push back a vote on closing two elementary schools until at least November. 

During a school board meeting at Orem Jr. High, dozens of people spoke to voice their opinions and concerns — with many people criticizing a process that they felt was moving too quickly.

Earlier this month, the school board unveiled a proposal to close Geneva and Hillcrest Elementariness as part of consolidation. 

On Tuesday night, many people criticized the plan.

“This is a community, a neighborhood--that will die,” said one man.

Others supported the plan, which would focus on consolidating older schools with lower enrollments.

"Our group is in favor to consolidate our schools,” said one woman.

The board members listened to public comment for roughly two hours, and told the audience afterward that they are not opposed to adjusting the proposal. Members also talked about wanting more feedback before making a decision.

The school board had been scheduled to vote on the proposal on Oct. 10, but instead will likely vote at their Nov. 14 meeting on what could be a changed plan.

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