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Jed Boal ReportingThe proposal to split the Granite School district drew a crowd and concern of families who fear their high school will close if the district divides.
Any public vote of an east-west split of the Granite School District would not come before November. But the decisions about that vote are being made this summer.
So 500 parents and students from Cottonwood High School showed up there Monday night, and this week they plan to start fighting to save their school. Supporters hoped the rainbow outside the school Monday was a positive sign.
They fear their school will be closed if the district splits.
A coalition on the east side wants to split the district at the Jordan River. That would help them protect their schools and keep their tax dollars, rather than help build all the schools that are necessary on the west side.
If that happens, the majority of Cottonwood High students would go into the western district. The school itself would be inherited by Murray, which does not need another school.
South Salt Lake already had decided to put it before their voters. Holladay council votes Thursday whether its voters will see the proposal for the split. And Salt Lake County council will hear more public comment Tuesday before voting on August 7. You can expect a lot of Cottonwood High School supporters to be at those meetings.
The public meeting with Salt Lake County Council about the district split starts Tuesday evening, July 31, at 4:30 at 2001 S. State Street.
If any of those three entities decide not to put it before their voters, then it will not go before any of the voters. However, as you can tell from the crowds, now is the time for parents and students to find out how this proposed split would affect them. A vote could be only months away.