Education

A closer look at the 5 Ogden elementary schools that could close next year

March 14, 2018
A closer look at the 5 Ogden elementary schools that could close next year

By SERGIO MARTÍNEZ-BELTRÁN • Standard-Examiner staff

OGDEN — The Ogden School District could cast a vote this week to close elementary schools for the next academic year.

The school district hosted five school-specific town halls last week to discuss the potential closure of at least two elementary schools. Those that could close this year are Gramercy, Hillcrest, Polk, Taylor Canyon and Wasatch elementaries.

The school has cited operational cost and declining enrollment in the district as some of the reasons behind potentially closing schools by May. 

Rich Nye, Ogden School District superintendent, has said the school district’s ideal student-to-teacher ratio in kindergarten is 26-to-1. The ideal ratio in first to third grades is 27-to-1, while the ideal ratio in fourth to sixth grades is 30-to-1. He said class sizes would not change, as teachers will move to other schools within the district.

Overall, the school district has said long-term plans for the elementary schools could include a new Wasatch, Polk, Gramercy, Hillcrest or Horace Mann elementaries.

Below are the details of the schools that could close:

Contact education reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán at smartinezbeltran@standard.net or 801-625-4274. Follow him on Twitter @SergioMarBel and like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/STANDARDEXSergio.