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Consulting firm recommends Alpine School District vote on splitting district in two

Apr 25, 2024, 8:15 AM | Updated: Apr 29, 2024, 4:40 pm

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The Alpine School District logo is projected onto a screen during a 2020 meeting. (Scott G. Winterton/Deseret News)

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Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect nuance in the consulting firm’s recommendations. The firm recommended that if a split should happen, then it should be a two-way split, but only after a community vote on the split happening at all. 

UTAH COUNTY, Utah — Florida-based MGT Consulting is recommending to the Alpine School District board that there be a community vote on splitting the district.

The group has been studying for months what options Utah’s largest school district had for the future.

Screenshot from Alpine School District Board meeting regarding key findings for any future split.

MGT initially proposed six options to the public and the district, which included keeping the district together or splitting it into two or even three districts.

Just over a month since holding the first public meetings regarding their suggestions, Lance Richards with MGT told board members Tuesday, “If the district does decide to go forward, the two-way split is preferential.”

However, that might not be what the public wants.

According to Richards, the firm has been conducting online surveys on the issue. He said 71% of respondents voted to stay together as one school district, 20% voted to split in two and only 9% voted to split into three districts.

The board still needs to hold an official vote on MGT’s recommendation.

If the board votes to move forward with MGT’s recommendation, the final say on whether or not to split the district will be decided by voters in November.

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