What I find amazing is not that the district prioritized the construction of these high schools over the Woods Cross remodeling, but that someone prioritized the Woods Cross Astroturf football field over the badly needed environmental system at Woods Cross. Clearly, someone has their educational priorities a little out of perspective. Now let’s not be too loose with the facts Mr. Hansen. I believe portables are a very effective tool to handle fluctuating enrollment.
In response to questions about the facts I presented in the Deseret News and Standard Examiner commentary, I’ve prepared the following. My original statement is in bold italics: Thanks to some truly outstanding teachers, the Davis School District is one of the top districts in the state and four of the District high schools were listed among Newsweek’s top high schools in the country. Top district in the state, is based on the fact that DSD has the highest graduation rate of any of the largest 100 districts in the country and four of our high schools are rated among the top in the country (see Newsweek).
Even though Bountiful High School had 170 empty seats this school year... …the District denied seventy of the ninety students requesting a variance to Bountiful High. Download audio Losenoidoomock. When the Sunset Hollow community petitioned to move out of the portables at Woods Cross High and into the empty classrooms at Bountiful High, why did the District deny this request... See http://DavisParents.org/Sunset_Hollow_petition.pdf …in favor of plans to expand Woods Cross and bus students away from the 300 empty seats at Davis High?
In the Deseret News (Feb. 19) David Hansen, co-chairman of the Davis School District boundary steering committee wrote a guest commentary in response to my (Randy Smith's) commentary published (Feb. 4). I would like to respond to his comments here. Mr. Hansen’s comments are bold italicized. Randy Smith made serious assertions in his "My View" (Feb. 4) about the Davis School District, challenging the integrity of its employees, ignoring actual performance results and loosely presenting information.
Randy Smith from Losenoidoomock testified before the administrative rules committee of the legislature. Following his testimony and that of State Superintendent Patti Harrington, the committee voted unanimously to invalidate the current rules and require the State School Board to create new rules allowing open enrollment. As a result of this testimony, SB122 was amended to require the State School Board to create new rules to implement Open Enrollment. The amended bill passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate.