At the direction of the Jordan School District Board of Education, a boundary has been established for Copper Mountain Middle, scheduled to open in the fall of 2013. This necessitated a boundary change involving South Hills, Fort Herriman, and Elk Ridge Middle Schools. The student enrollment at these three schools has grown steadily and is now at or beyond capacity. It is anticipated the opening of the new middle school will help to balance student populations in all four schools and provide additional room for anticipated growth.
Over the past few months, the Board of Education has established and followed a process for determining the boundaries for this new school. As part of the process, patrons were given the opportunity to give their input through an online survey, two open houses and a public hearing. After receiving, reviewing, and summarizing all patron input, the Board voted to adopt Option A at the Dec. 11, 2012 Board Meeting.
- Boundary Presentation Materials
- General Information:
- Why was a new boundary established for Copper Mountain Middle?
- What was the process and timeline for determining boundaries?
- What factors were considered in establishing boundaries?
- Will students be able to permit to the school of their choice?
- How was the input from my survey used?
- Who will qualify for busing under each boundary option?
- Option A:
- Available at all four schools
- Growth Potential:
- Elk Ridge Middle – Low, Fort Herriman Middle – Moderate,
Copper Mountain Middle – Moderate, South Hills Middle – Moderate
- Elk Ridge Middle – Low, Fort Herriman Middle – Moderate,
- Feeder Alignment:
- Fort Herriman and Copper Mountain Middle feed exclusively to Herriman High
- Butterfield Canyon and Foothills Elementary boundaries align with middle school boundaries
- Natural Boundaries:
- Follows major roadways and Herriman/Riverton City border
- Boundary Descriptions:
- Copper Mountain Middle: Begin at the west county line and the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (approx. 10450 S.); east along the Railroad (south side) to the Mining Railroad (approx.. 8400 W.); northeast along the Mining Railroad (south and east side) to 10200 S.; east along 10200 S. (south side) to Walnut Canyon Lane (approx. 4335 W.); southeast along Walnut Canyon Lane (both sides to ERMS); to Pine Grove Way; southeast along Pine Grove Way (both sides to ERMS) to 4000 West; south along 4000 W. (west side) to 11800 S; west on 11800 S. (north side) to the Herriman City line (approx. 4570 W.); south along the Herriman City line (west side) to 12600 S. (also Herriman City line); west along Herriman City line (12600 S.) (north side) to the Mountain View Corridor; south along Mountain View Corridor (west side) to 13400 South; west along 13400 South (north side) to Rose Canyon Road (6400 W.); north along Rose Canyon Road (east side) to Butterfield Creek; west along Butterfield Creek to U111/Herriman Hwy (north side); South to Butterfield Canyon Road (approx.13320 S.); west along Butterfield Canyon Road (north side); along Butterfield Canyon Road to the west county line (north side).
- Elk Ridge Middle: Begin at 10200 S. and Old Bingham Highway (OBH) at approx. 6000 W.; head northeast (south side) to 9000 S.; east along 9000 S. (south side) to 3200 W.; south along 3200 W. (west side) to 11800 S.; west along 11800 S. (north side) to 4000 West (east side); north along 4000 West to Walnut Canyon Lane (approx. 4335 W.); northwest along Walnut Canyon Lane (both sides to ERMS) to 10200 South; west along 10200 South to Old Bingham Highway (approx. 6000 W.)
- Fort Herriman Middle: Begin at the west county line; north east along Butterfield Canyon Road (south side) to Herriman Hwy/U111; north along U111 to Butterfield Creek (south side); east along Butterfield Creek to Rose Canyon Road (6400 W.) (south side); south along Rose Canyon Road (west side) to 13400 South (south side); east along 13400 S. to the Mountain View Corridor; south and east along the Mountain View Corridor (south and west side) to the south county line; following the south county line west then to the west county line.
- South Hills Middle: Begin at 4575 West and 11800 South.; east along 11800 S. (south side) to the Utah-Salt Lake Canal (approx. 2480 W.); south along the Utah-Salt Lake Canal (west side) to 12200 S.; west along 12200 S. (north side) to the Utah Lake Distributing Canal; south along the Utah Lake Distributing Canal (west side) to 13400 S.; east along 13400 S. (south side) to 2700 W.; south along 2700 W. (west side) to Bangerter Hwy.; east along Bangerter Hwy. (south side) to Bluffdale City Line (approx. 800 W.); south and east along Bluffdale City line (south and west sides) to the Freeway I-15; south along the Freeway I-15 (west side) to the south county line; west along the south county line (north side) to the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad; north and west to the Mountain View Corridor (north and east sides) to 12600 South (east side); east along 12600 South to Herriman City line (south side); north along Herriman City line to 11800 South (east side).
- General Information
- Q: Why was a new boundary established for Copper Mountain Middle?
A: A boundary change is being considered because student enrollment at South Hills, Fort Herriman, and Elk Ridge Middle Schools has grown significantly. Options have been proposed that involve establishing a boundary for the new middle school in Herriman along with changes to the boundaries of South Hills, Fort Herriman, and Elk Ridge middle schools. This will help manage student growth and balance boundary student population at all four schools.
- Q: What was the process and timeline for determining boundaries?
A: Boundary options were developed by District staff. These options, and the accompanying information, were posted online for several weeks. The public was encouraged to give feedback regarding these options using an online survey. Two open houses were be held by District staff. At the open houses, patrons had the opportunity to discuss the boundary options being considered. Following the open houses and a period of public feedback through the online survey, Board members reviewed a summary report of feedback received and finalized boundary Option A at the Dec 11, 2012 Board meeting.
- Q: What factors were considered in establishing boundaries?
A: Many factors were considered, including, but not limited to, feedback from parents, students, and the community; long-term implications; natural boundaries; Open Enrollment law; feasibility and functionality; student safety; cost; community partnerships; potential growth; and student enrollment numbers over time.
- Q: Will students be able to permit to the school of their choice?
A: Under the Utah Open Enrollment law, schools are required to accept permits until they reach their building capacity. Permits are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis during the Open Enrollment window, which runs from December 1, 2012 to February 15, 2013. Students who wish to apply for an Open Enrollment permit should contact the administration of the school for which a permit is being requested.
- Q: How was the input from my survey used?
A: The feedback provided was carefully reviewed by District staff. A summary report of feedback received will be provided to and reviewed by the Board of Education before a final decision is made regarding boundaries. The Board will also receive a copy of every open-ended response submitted through the survey.
- Q: Who will qualify for busing under the new boundary?
A: The District’s Transportation Department is working to establish busing routes for all schools involved. The state of Utah requires that busing be provided for middle school students who live 2.0 miles or more from school. Busing eligibility for students who are not directly affected by a boundary change would remain the same. Students on an Open Enrollment permit do not qualify for busing except through a space available permit (limited availability depending on location). If you have any questions regarding busing eligibility, please feel free to contact Teri Timpson, Administrator of Schools, (801) 567-8342, or Anthony Godfrey, Administrator of Schools, (801) 567-8316.