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School board tables closure – for now

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Sandra Neff
Leader Correspondent

The only solidarity the school board showed at the most recent board meeting was to agree not to agree. The board declared a stalemate on the decision of Bunderson School closure with board members Connie Archibald, Lynn Capener and Heather Young supporting the issue, Jim Fuller, Bryan Smith and Kevin Packer voting nay. Board president Nancy Kennedy broke the tie with a vote of nay.
A motion was made simply to close “a” school in Brigham City; that motion also was split three and three with Kennedy making the deciding vote of “no” stating she needed a name for the school to be closed. Mountain View School was mentioned for consideration.
School closure was cited by Superintendent Steve Laing as one item to be considered to balance the district budget for next year, as there is a substantial reduction of state funding with the same needs to be met.
Smith cited reasons for not closing Bunderson saying that the decision did not meet the criteria mandated by Policy 1225. There was not a decline in population during the past five years and it could not be substantiated that any decline would occur.
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