Alpine School District's dozens of schools began the 2019-2020 school year on Tuesday. As thousands of students return in Utah County, here are five fun facts about one of the valley's three school districts.
-- Braley Dodson, Daily Herald
1. It's the largest
It's the largest district in the state. The district has an enrollment of about 80,000 students, and continues to increase each year due to explosive growth in Lehi, Vineyard, Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain.
2. New schools
It's opening new schools. Four schools are opening their doors for students this fall. Those include Cedar Valley High School in Eagle Mountain, Lake Mountain Middle School in Saratoga Springs, Liberty Hills Elementary School in Lehi and Centennial Elementary School in Orem, which merges together Hillcrest and Scera Park elementary schools.
3. A bond might appear on the 2020 ballot
It has its eye on another bond. The district last passed a bond in 2016. The $387 million bond has funded several new schools, including three of the four opening this year. The district's board of education has expressed interest in another bond, which would likely be on the 2020 ballot.
4. Let's get busy
It continues to build. At one point during the summer, the district was working on nine school construction projects.
5. There are nearly as many schools as the years the district is old
It's more than 100 years old. The Alpine School District started in 1914. Today, 104 years later, it has more than 90 schools.