UPDATE: Controversy over grade configuration

Now that the Cache County School Board has heard from dozens of people on both sides of a controversial grade-configuration issue, they have until December 17th to decide whether or not to reconsider an earlier vote to move to a kindergarten through 5th grade operation. Right now Sunrise and North Park elementary schools are on a Kindergarten through second grade configuration while Summit and Greenville schools are third through fifth grade. School Superintendent Steve Norton recommended the schools stay with the present configuration, mainly because of an internal survey that showed it is far more popular among parents and teachers.The issue was put to a vote of parents who voted unanimously to keep the configurations as they are. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Friday, Norton said there is very little difference in the two plans, financially or academically. “The present recommendation I gave the board still stands,” Norton said, “but I do also support the fact that if they elect to continue with the K-5 model that we will have no problem implementing it. “We’ll do everything we can to help teachers make that transition. A few years from now we will wonder what all the stress was over because kids will be getting the same quality education.” Norton says the survey was done to help him come up with a recommendation just as a survey two years ago helped South Cache decide not to adopt a uniform dress code. He says there will only be a re-vote if a board member who voted for the K-5 configuration has changed his or her mind and wants the board to reconsider. To listen to the full Crosstalk interview with Superintendent Norton,

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