Parents from Jordan School District gather to talk boundary change options

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - What started as a discussion in one Vista West neighborhood home grew into a community wide meeting Monday night when dozens of parents from all over the Jordan School District gathered to ask questions and share concerns about the district's plan to change school boundaries.  

Parent Travis Johnson lives in the Vista West neighborhood and tells ABC 4 Utah that all four of the district's proposals have his neighborhood's kids changing schools.

"There's really no place else for us to go," said Johnson. "We're established. A lot of people moved into this neighborhood because of the structure in the schooling system."

Some parents at Monday night's meeting have been here before. Sherie Allen says boundary changes tore apart her old neighborhood. 

"Going to different schools the kids become friends with the kids they go to school with," explained Allen. "And when they would come home, even during the summer time there was no overlapping of friends. It was very much boundary lines in our own neighborhood."

Officials with the Jordan School District knew difficult decisions were going to have to be made when the $495 million dollar bond which would have built new schools to handle the growing populations failed, but they say these boundary change proposals aren't a done deal. 

District Communications Director Sandy Riesgraf told ABC 4 Utah, "Our administration staff and our board of education, they are listening and they will listen because the more people involved in this process the better it is for everyone. We're sensitive to the fact that this is going to impact families. It's going to impact neighborhoods."

The fact that district officials are listening is enough for this concerned parent right now. 

Johnson said, "We don't expect them to have to go through this process on their own. We're willing and able to provide input and hopefully provide solutions."

The Jordan School Board isn't expected to make any decisions until the end of January. They're asking concerned residents to fill out an online survey about the option and attend one of the three upcoming open houses next week. For more information log on to:

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