Fate of Box Elder’s Bunderson school still unknown

A four to three vote has saved the Box Elder School District’s Bunderson Elementary School from closure, at least for now. Those opposed to the closure say their main concern is about making the decision too quickly. According to the Box Elder News Journal, Brigham City Councilmember Scott Erickson said he understands the position the school board is in having been through similar budget cuts with the city. He said if school closure was the last option to fill the district’s deficit it would be a budget discussion, but because it is the first option it is an emotional decision. Erickson told the board it would be unfair to make this kind of decision without having all of the facts available. He asked the board to wait to make a decision on school closure after going through the entire budget process. Superintendent Steve Lang said from fiscal year 2009 to fiscal year 2011 the total cuts to the district have been $12 million, or 19.8 percent. He said the closure of Bunderson would be the right decision to help deal with budget issues. The board voted to hold a special work session on April 7 to discuss all the options. Board members will then meet on April 14 to make a final decision.

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