As you might be aware, the Salt Lake City School Board (SLCSB) has identified seven schools for possible closure starting in the 2024-25 school year. They plan to finalize their decision in December or January. If any schools are closed, we can expect boundary realignment that will affect most if not all elementary schools. We understand the compulsion to “right-size” our schools as enrollment continues to drop and many of our elementary schools have only one class per grade level.
We encourage SLEA members to write to their school’s SLCSB representative, to cc’ the president and vice president of the board and encourage them to take an official position not to lay off employees due to school closure. We have found e-mails from educators to their board members to be effective. A decision by the board early in the boundary study process would send a strong message to SLCSD employees and families! Every employee contributes significantly to our schools. They give their time, energy, and skill every day; they deserve our commitment to protect their jobs, no matter what.The clarity from such a position would greatly reduce increasing anxiety at the seven schools identified for possible closure and would be a strong demonstration to SLCSD employees that we are important to the strength of our schools and district and are valued partners in student success. Your e-mails to the board are the first step of an escalating campaign retain all employees in the event of school closures. Stay tuned for future strategies and/or actions.