The Cache County School District grew by more than 500 students this year, and grew by nearly that same amount last year. There are currently over 18,000 students in the district now and officials have been planning and preparing for this growth for some time. School construction projects are starting to wind down and with them come a number of changes.
In the north end of the district two middle schools are being converted into elementary schools and, much like what was done in the sound end of the district a year earlier, 6th grade is headed to elementary schools. White Pine Middle School becomes White Pine Elementary in Richmond and Cedar Ridge Middle School becomes Cedar Ridge Elementary in Hyde Park.
“That is seen as possible temporary elementary school that may revert back to a middle school,” says Tim Smith, Chief Information Officer for the Cache County School District when referring to Cedar Ridge. “We’re not doing a lot of remodeling there. It will be a large elementary school, about 700 students out of the gate. It can accommodate that because of its size.”
White Pine, meanwhile, will collect all the students that used to attend Park Elementary as it will be shutting down.
“Most of the elementary construction has been either expanding schools to accommodate growth or a response to a seismic analysis that we had done several years ago before we passed the bond to take care of some seismic issues,” Smith continues. “Park Elementary was one of those schools that we chose to abandon, in addition to Lewiston and Wellsville elementaries, instead of remodeling.”
Smith says the school will be turned over to the City of Richmond which plans to use the facility for city offices.
With the changes to White Pine and Cedar Ridge, North Cache will be the only 7th-8th grade middle school north of Providence. With boundary changes, most of the students attending North Cache will end up at Sky View but there will be some that will head to the new Green Canyon High School. Smith says Spring Creek Middle School in Providence will also house students from North Logan and Hyde Park who will eventually attend Green Canyon.
Teacher desks have been moved in to the new high school and teachers have begun moving other items into their classrooms to prepare for the upcoming school year.
“They look really good,” says Smith. “We are ahead of schedule where we were last year for Ridgeline. They’re ahead of schedule for the rest of the building. The end that holds the performing arts, the visual arts and athletics still have some work to do. But they’re moving right along in those areas.”
The school is scheduled to host an open house on August 9th.
Providence Elementary has recently completed a small expansion. Last year the school added a gymnasium, several classrooms, a kitchen and a music room. When the district announced that 6th grade would be headed to elementary schools, Providence needed even more space.
“They had some bond money remaining to add an additional four classrooms onto that school to accommodate growth in that area,” Smith explains, “so those four classrooms will open for next year.”
Similar to Providence, Sunrise Elementary has been adding four classrooms and a gymnasium. That project, too, is just wrapping up.
One construction project still remains for the district, and that is a new Cache High. Crews have already broken ground for the new school just to the south of Bridgerland Technical College, approximately four blocks west of its current location on 1400 North in Logan.
<p class=”Body”>”That will be the last project and will open by August 2018. When we finish that project we will be done with all our remodels and new builds.”