School Board Considering Elementary Redistricting

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Administrators of Frontier Elementary School asked the Payson Unified School District's board of supervisors at its Monday meeting to consider re-drawing district lines by August in order to ease the classroom load at FES, the most populated of the district's three elementary schools.

The board responded to the request by creating a committee to "look at the situation with the idea of addressing it on a short-term basis," Payson School District Superintendent Herb Weissenfels said Tuesday morning.

"The committee, which will be formed this week, will look to see if there are any possible temporary adjustments that could be made, and to address the problem over a longer term as well," he said.

If the district lines are indeed re-drawn, "Some of the students would be moved from (FES) to Payson Elementary and Julia Randall," Weissenfels said, adding that he does not expect any short- or long-term solution to be implemented by Aug. 1, the first day of the next school year.

"You don't get something like this done in 60 days," he said. "Every parent of a grade-school child would be affected. You've got to communicate with them before you dare do anything ... We need to get everyone together parents, teachers and administrators to look at this problem, look at the impact, and prepare for the changes that would be necessary at all sites."

The board's reaction to the request, Weissenfels said, was there was not sufficient time "to properly communicate such a major change by the middle of summer. But they also respect the problem and want to figure out if something can be done."

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