Strategic Planning and Bond Information
As the Wasatch back continues to see growth, it is our stewardship to make sure our families and our community is thriving in our educational institutions. South Summit School District (SSSD) has grown 16% in the past ten years and significantly (3.93%) during the 2016-17 school year. Seven of our students are educated in Wyoming and there are 111 students who live in our district that attend outside of the district. School enrollments are reaching capacity and there are some concerns to be able to continue to keep a campus that houses all schools on contiguous property. We are very aware that the current campus does not provide adequate parking for many of the extra-curricular activities that happen at the high school and that there are very legitimate concerns with student safety crossing the street and entering/exiting the building before and after school. Elementary classrooms have no room to put even an additional desk, the outside square space per student doesn’t meet the minimum suggested targets for school safety at the middle and elementary schools for playground space. Hallroom passing space in the middle school is similar to California rush hour traffic and certainly the design of the high school gyms in the middle of the facility does not accommodate shutting off the rest of the school to the public during non-school hours.
Our District has a rich heritage of being proactive and responsibly planning for growth rather than being reactive, which is the case of many school districts. We have been fortunate during a certain time period to have revenue from oil found within the boundaries of our District, which helped the District build and remodel facilities without burdening the taxpayers. Responsible District planning had the foresight to build additional classroom wings onto the Middle School using capital money. The District has also been securing land for future buildings when the right opportunities presented themselves. Decisions such as these have allowed us to manage growth in schools through grade realignments to delay the need for building new schools as long as possible.
District buildings have been maintained well; however, they are aging and in order to preserve them for future students there are renovations that need to happen and have been prioritized over the next five years. We are anticipating some of these could be covered from the current capital budget, but not all of them. The Board of Education is committed to maximizing the amazing resources we have available, but recognizing that we must be prepared and have a footprint and solid plan for growth.