EDUCATION

Draper officials oppose creation of a new school district

Apr 18, 2022, 12:57 PM
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FILE: Canyons School District buses, April 14, 2020. Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The Mayor of Draper and the Draper City Council say they do not support a school district split proposed by a group of Draper residents.

The residents want to create a new school district that lies only within Draper City boundaries which would require a break from the Canyons School District. In a post on Facebook, Draper Mayor Troy K. Walker said the ability to offer a good education is important for the city. 

“We are grateful to the Canyon School District for serving our community with distinction and we are grateful to have a strong, collaborative relationship that makes our community stronger,” Mayor Troy K. Walker. 

The Mayor used the Facebook post to indicate that neither he nor the Draper City Council has legal authority over schools or their operations. 


 

Utah law allows city governing bodies to place issues like the creation of local school districts on the ballot for city voters. However, the Draper City Council has no obligation to do so.

Walker said that the feedback he’s received from residents is overwhelmingly opposed to a new school district. Additionally, the issue won’t be placed on any future agenda.

The Draper citizens that want a new district have a different path to take in the citizen initiative petition process, which is administered by Salt Lake County. 

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Draper officials oppose creation of a new school district