In an unusually-scheduled board meeting, the Logan City School Board voted to accept the proposed boundary changes affecting both Bridger Elementary and Wilson Elementary on Friday night. The meeting came with little public notice and only days after a public hearing to receive feedback from parents and community members about the proposed changes.
“The goal in making this change is to provide appropriate services to all students,” the district’s statement reads, “while promoting their safety, and doing so in a way that responsibly manages district resources.”
The students affected by the boundary change live between 1400 North and 1800 North, and between Main Street and 1000 West. Students living in this designated area will be bused to Wilson Elementary, located in Logan’s Island neighborhood approximately three miles away.
The district says two bus routes will be assigned to transport nearly 130 students, including kindergartners, to Wilson Elementary. The student population at Bridger is now projected to drop near 560, while Wilson grows to approximately 510.
Two classifications of students will not be affected by the boundary change, however. Those participating in the Spanish Dual Language Immersion program and the Special Education Life Skills class will remain at Bridger regardless of the new boundaries. If those students have siblings also attending the school, they may continue to attend Bridger on “enrollment permits.”
“Because the reason for this change is to create space to accommodate future enrollment growth in the area,” the district further explains, “students in the affected area will not be considered eligible for enrollment permits to remain at Bridger for the 2018-2019 school year.”
The northwest corner of Logan has seen significant population increases with new housing developments recently completed, and several more in the works.
The Logan City School District does have plans to renovate both Hillcrest and Ellis elementary schools. When those construction projects are completed (estimated to be by the 2020-2021 school year), there will be a district-wide boundary adjustment at that time.
The district also says parents of preschool-aged children will need to register their children at their “boundary school”, meaning the children who live in the affected boundary change will now need to register at Wilson instead of Bridger.
“After registration at each school is completed, parents may have the option to register at another school location if there is space available,” the district clarifies.
The changes will go into effect for the 2018-2019 school year.