EDUCATION + SCHOOLS

SLC school board votes to close four elementaries

Jan 9, 2024, 7:31 PM | Updated: Jan 10, 2024, 10:58 am

At a meeting on Jan. 9, 2024, the Salt Lake City School Board voted 4-3 to recommend the closure of...

At a meeting on Jan. 9, 2024, the Salt Lake City School Board voted 4-3 to recommend the closure of Riley, Mary W. Jackson, Hawthorne, and M. Lynn Bennion elementary schools. (Eric Cabrera, KSL NewsRadio)

(Eric Cabrera, KSL NewsRadio)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City School District Board has approved the closure of four elementary schools in the district, passed by a close vote of 4-3 at its Jan. 9 meeting.

With the vote, the Board agreed to close Hawthorne, M. Lynn Bennion, Mary W. Jackson, and Riley Elementary schools.

 

The recommendation by the Board also includes changing and adjusting the boundaries of 14 other schools in the Salt Lake City district.

History behind the suggested Salt Lake school closures

On Nov. 20, 2023, the Salt Lake City School District released the names of four schools that it would recommend for closure. They included Hawthorne, M. Lynn Bennion, Mary W. Jackson, and Riley Elementary schools.

At that time, Salt Lake City School District Superintendent Elizabeth Grant explained how district officials came to their conclusions.

Each school considered for closure was paired with another school, and then each school’s positive and negative features were evaluated. For example, Grant said that Mary W. Jackson and Newman Elementary schools were studied as a pair. They found that Newman’s PreK program would be difficult to relocate, but that Mary W. Jackson’s dual language program could be relocated.

The example comparing Newman and Jackson continued by noting that Newman’s building was newer, and it’s neighborhood program serves more students that Mary W. Jackson.

That’s the type of reasoning that officials said led them to recommend Mary W. Jackson for closure. 

 

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SLC school board votes to close four elementaries