With massive growth in the western areas of Weber County, many of our schools are reaching maximum capacity or even exceeding it. Take for example Fremont High School. Built in 1994, with a permanent capacity of 1750 students, enrollment is at 2061 students this school year with projections adding another 90 students next year. With the addition of 15 portable classrooms, we’ve increased the current capacity to 2054, but this puts a lot of strain on other facilities such as the lunchroom, auditorium, restrooms, and crowded hallways. Excluding any additional growth in the communities that feed into Fremont, we expect the 2017-2018 enrollment will surpass 2250 students. The school simply cannot accommodate these numbers.
Other schools are also bursting at the seams including Kanesville Elementary. Built in 1977, with another eight classrooms added in 2009, current enrollment this year is 842 students. Permanent capacity sits at 825, and with one portable, we’re already looking at adding more.
Under the current economic conditions, accelerated growth is projected to continue in the communities surrounding these schools. This expansion presents many challenges to our staff and facilities, along with creating serious safety concerns.
The Weber School District has decided to implement a Major Boundary Adjustment Study. The goal of this study is to relieve overcrowding at certain schools by re-aligning boundaries and moving students to surrounding schools that can accommodate more students.
On November 16, 2016, a District Boundary Study Committee met to discuss the boundary adjustment process. This committee is comprised of teams from each school that could possibly be affected by any changes. Each team includes a school principal, teacher, and PTA member or Community Council parent. The study teams are organized into two groups to represent the Weber and Roy cones (schools that feed into Fremont).
These teams are tasked with going back to their schools to form Local Boundary Study Committees. The local committees will consist of up to 10 members and will include more parents and community members. Each Local Committee has been asked to come up with two boundary adjustment proposals that will be submitted to the District Committee on January 18th, 2017. We encourage those parents who would like to be involved in this process to contact their school for more information.
After receiving the proposals, the District Committee will meet to review the recommendations. An open house will then be held the end of February in order to receive more input from the public. In March, the District Committee will then submit a final proposal to the Weber School District Board of Education for discussion and approval.
More information will follow as we move through this process. The Weber School District understands that boundary adjustments can greatly impact the lives of our students and parents. Our promise is to provide a completely open process to allow for parents and citizens to express their ideas and concerns. We appreciate your support and encourage your involvement as we move forward in the best interest of our schools and each child.