BFA – School Closures and Boundary Changes

School Closures and Boundary Changes 

Notice of Possible Closure or Boundary Change—

At least 120 days before approving the closure of a school or a change to school attendance area boundaries, the Board shall provide notice that it is considering closure or a boundary change to parents of students enrolled in the school, to parents of students enrolled in other schools in the District which may be affected by the closure or boundary change, and to the governing council and mayor of the municipality where the school is located. The notices to parents shall be provided using the same form of communication that the Board regularly uses to communicate with parents.

Utah Code § 53G-4-402(21)(a)(i) (2021)

Hearings on Closure or Boundary Change—

                Before taking action to close a school or change a school attendance area boundary, the Board shall hold at least two Board meetings which include public hearings to receive comment on the proposed closure or boundary change.

Utah Code § 53G-4-402(21)(a)(ii) (2021)

Utah Code § 10-9a-103(53) (2021)

Notice of Hearings on Closure or Boundary Change—

In addition to meeting the other requirements for notice of a public meeting as set out in Policy BEA, and in addition to the 120-day notice described above, the Board shall give notice of each public hearing on a proposed school closure or boundary change. The notice shall indicate the school or schools under consideration for closure or boundary change and state the date, time, and location of the public hearing. This notice shall be provided at least 30 days before the date of the hearing to the parents and public officials who were required to receive the 120-day notice described above. At least 10 days before the hearing, this notice shall also be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the area, posted on the Utah Public Notice Website, posted in at least three public locations within the municipality in which the school is located, posted on the District’s official website, and posted prominently at the school or schools affected.

Utah Code § 53G-4-402(21)(b) (2021)