NORTH LOGAN — As Mike Liechty stood in front of more than 100 parents Wednesday night in the North Park elementary school gym, faces turned from curious to furious. Liechty, deputy superintendent of the Cache County School District, delivered a 45-minute presentation outlining the district’s plan to build 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 other schools.
As Cache County kids start boarding those big yellow buses and heading back to school, Superintendent Steven Craig Norton calls their first days back “a great start to a great year.”
The Cache County School District posted a three-year comparison of district revenue and expenditures. The reports are broken down by general fund, non K-12 programs, debt service, capital outlay, school food service, and trust and agency fund.
Cache County School District has posted on their home page a link for patrons to give input for the budget cuts that must happen for next school year. There is a 16 minute video presentation on parts of the budget—where the money comes from and goes to, a spreadsheet with specific dollar amounts for each type of expenditure in Cache District and a Survey for comments to be received with the following four questions:
On Thursday, school board Superintendent Steve Norton met again with parents and community members regarding the proposed boundaries for the five northern Cache Valley school district elementary schools. This time they met at Greenville Elementary to focus on Hyde Park and North Logan’s schools. The superintendent opened the meeting with the same explanations on school boundaries that he gave to the Smithfield community at Tuesday’s meeting. The school board tries to make neighborhood schools available to the children, but with an area the size of our district, that’s not always possible.
Superintendent Steve Norton began Tuesday evening with an explanation of how the district goes about setting boundaries. “The first thing you need to understand is we are a district that does not have neighborhood schools,” said Dr. Norton to the roughly forty attending the public meeting over proposed boundaries for five north Cache elementary schools. “We have schools located in some neighborhoods, but we are a community of so many different communities that we can’t have a school in every neighborhood.”
Two public hearings are scheduled over proposed boundaries for north Cache elementary schools. With a new school opening next year and the change of all elementary schools to K-5, boundaries will be set for Sunrise, Summit, Greenville, and North Park. Two options are currently presented on the the district website.
The Cache County School District has updated the proposed boundary maps for North Park, Greenville, Sunrise, and Summit elementary schools as well as the new Smithfield school expected to be in use next year. With the school board decision to switch all elementary schools to K-5, the new boundaries are per school instead of an overlay.