LEHI -- Alpine School District board members on Tuesday evening unanimously approved a boundary proposal for the new Lehi high school, thrilling some parents and disheartening others.
A controversy about who should go where began when contractors for the new high school broke ground more than a year ago, and percolated until the school district introduced the results of its study by presenting two maps: one blue, the other red.
The board unanimously voted 5-0 to approve the red proposal. Two board members were absent.
Parents in the Lehi area east of Interstate 15, near State and Main streets, had concerns about where their children would end up going to school.
“We are really happy with the red boundaries,” said Christine Eastman after Tuesday's board meeting.
“We live in one of the principle areas that was affected by the red boundaries and blue boundaries,” said her husband, Scott Eastman.
“The red boundary [map] represents more of a true feeder system, which we understand is academically important for our kids and certainly socially important to be with their peers."
The red boundaries allow most of the students who go to Lehi Junior High School to remain together as a group by attending the new high school.
“It made the most sense for a feeder system and for future growth,” said John Burton, ASD school board member.
Many Traverse Mountain residents were disappointed with the decision because the feeder system is not adhered to when it comes to their children. Those kids will continue to be bused to Willowcreek Middle School in west Lehi, and will then go to the new high school, having to adjust to a different peer group.
Most at the meeting wanted their children to go to Lehi Junior High School and the new high school south of Timpanogos Highway, reflecting the feeder system Burton mentioned.
“Traverse Mountain is the only area not at Lehi Junior going to the new high school, so they talked about the students being so important, we went up to the office and they said, ‘we don’t want complaints, we want proposals,’” said Kimberly Kosorok, a concerned parent.
So she went to work on her own proposal, independent of the red and blue options put forth by the school district.
“This boundary is perfect,” she said of her proposal. “It uses the schools that are losing capacity and [helps] the school that is way over capacity, moving us over east where there is room, so this boundary is perfect.
"The numbers are perfect, but the people in Highland and Alpine don’t like their boundaries changed.”
Kosorok’s chart shows all of the students from Traverse Mountain attending Lehi Junior High School and then going to the new high school. She said she went to several meetings to present her proposal.
“I thought they were listening,” Korosok said of the board members.
She said the board told her that sometimes numbers don’t matter. She believes those who were most vocal and emotional got what they wanted, while those who were rational and calm were ignored.
“So I was very disappointed,” she said.
Maps of the school boundaries, including the new elementary school boundaries, can be found online at alpineschools.org.