North Logan residents unhappy with proposed school plan

Residents of North Logan and Hyde Park met in the North Park Elementary gymnasium Wednesday night, Jan. 23, 2013 to discuss a proposed school bond that would build a new high school in Millville and a  new middle school in North Logan. 

<strong>NORTH LOGAN—</strong> As Mike Liechty stood in front of more than 100 parents Wednesday night in the North Park Elementary gymnasium, faces turned from curious to furious.

Liechty, Deputy Superintendent of the Cache County School District, delivered a 45 minute presentation outlining the CCSD’s plan for building a new high school in Millville, a new elementary school in Lewiston, and a new middle school in North Logan, as well as renovating and reorganizing many of the other schools – a plan that would cost taxpayers $99.8 million over the next 20 years.

Following the presentation, CCSD Superintendent Steven Norton and members of the Building Task Force Committee answered questions from the floor.

The overwhelming majority of the discussion that followed was focused on transportation and building placement. The cost of the proposed bond was only brought up twice in more than an hour of questions.

Many of the parents wondered why their high school students would have to travel to Millville, while middle school aged children from the south end of Cache Valley would be bused to the new North Logan school.

North Logan resident Shelly Higginbotham asked if there was any way to realign the boundaries so that her six children would be able to stay closer to home.

Norton responded that all of the North Logan students would attend the new high school and that it only takes 11 minutes to get there. The crowd muttered at his words and many vocalized that they have never been able to make that drive in less than 30 minutes.

Based on the questions asked and criticism of the plans given, the root of the problem was that the citizens of North Logan felt that they had no say in what happened to their children.

Upon review of the members of the Building Task Force Committee, which was made up of 30 individuals, North Logan did not have a single representative.

Scott Anderson, a Hyde Park resident, voiced a seemingly popular opinion when he asked if there had ever been thought given to splitting the district in half. His remarks were loudly applauded, but it was quickly trumped when another parent said there is a group, called Parents for School District Merger, petitioning to have their idea of combining CCSD and the Logan School District on the ballot this November.

Chris Corcoran, a father of four also from Hyde Park, said he supports the idea of merging the districts despite his work on the Build Task Force Committee. However, the proposal is a plan to move forward with the way things are now.

Norton stressed the fact that no one person had the power to make the decision. It would be a yes or no decision by the vote of the people.

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