Sen. Grover proposes bill to help with possible Alpine School District separation

Sen.  Grover proposes bill to help with possible Alpine School District separation

CITY OF SALT LAKEMore than a month ago, the Orem City Council voted to put a decision in front of its constituents, which means that in November, Orem residents will vote whether to secede from the Alpine School District.

A Utah state senator is pushing to clarify what it would mean for families and the community if the district split.

Calling this a “very local decision,” Senator Keith Grover said as a senator, he wants to participate by opening a bill to ensure certain issues are addressed if the school district separates.

In addition to looking at property taxes, one of the things this bill aims to do is ensure that schools are still able to welcome students who may or may not live within the school’s boundaries.

That is, a school boundary can be drawn in such a way as to divide a secondary school.

Through this bill, he clarifies and clarifies the language that students who live where they live now can still attend Orem if the district separates.

“We don’t want to have any kind of distribution for their education. This should be very, very sequenced. This is mostly bureaucratic, a tax money move, make sure these schools are funded so these students continue to get the good education they are getting,” Grover said.

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Representation from the City of Orem, including the mayor and city council, also played a role.

Grover also noted that this is an issue the state hasn’t seen the last of, as it could happen in any city in the state, especially with the growth Utah is seeing.

“I think that will be something in the next two, three, four, five years. I mean, Utah is growing a lot, and districts that used to be small, like Alpine used to be pretty small, and then it gets bigger and bigger. So you have to ask the question, ‘At what point did we lose representation from school board members to 60, 70, 80,000 students?’” Grover said.

Orem residents will be the only ones who will be able to vote on this issue in November.

If voters vote in favor of a district division, this bill will go ahead.

Otherwise, it will not advance because there will be no district division.

We’ve also reached out to the Alpine School District for comment, but have yet to receive a response.

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