Everything must be done to ensure Logan doesn’t become like Ogden, said Logan City School District Superintendent Marshal Garrett. In the first meeting of its kind, the Logan Municipal Council and the Logan City School District Board of Education joined to bring together their knowledge of the city and schools. “It’s the beginning of a continuing dialogue,” Garrett said. “Together, we can make sure this city continues its great growth.”Garrett said the district is having a problem retaining middle class families, which could present problems down the road. Ogden was faced with a similar problem, was unable to react properly and now its education system suffers. Adams and Ellis elementary schools were deemed as the most at risk areas in the district, due to the socioeconomic status of their students. Sue Sorenson, principal of Ellis Elementary, said students are entering her school without knowing letters, colors or numbers. “The kids are here, and we need to teach them,” she said. Many parents in the area have to work two jobs just to the pay the rent. The parents are not then at home to help the child with homework, Sorenson said. The school has to be there to help the students when parents can’t. This extra strain is hard on teachers, Sorenson said.”You have to love the students, and have to love being there,” she said. Another road block to education is a lack of stability in neighborhoods, Garrett said. In areas with rentals or small houses, families must move from once the house. Students who move around are disadvantaged in their education. Building larger houses that can accommodate growing families will increase stability and increase the quality of education. Garrett asked for a special task force to be made that would take a look at ways to cure the district’s ailments such as creating new housing in Logan, remodeling old homes to accommodate families, developing vacant land and implementing landlord licensing. These things can attract more families and stability to the district, he said.Garrett praised the Council for recent landlord licensing measures, saying he knows councilmembers have “been bruised” by some members of the public because of the ordinance, but that better, more accountable rentals lead to more stability. Both the Board and the Council agreed that more joint meetings could be effective and will meet again in the future. – firstname.lastname@example.org
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