Park City School District refines master plan but nothing finalized |

Park City School District refines master plan but nothing finalized

The Park City School District’s master planning committee is getting closer to finishing its work but there is still much to do.

That was the message of Rory Murphy, the committee’s co-chair, as the August deadline for the committee to submit a recommendation to the Board of Education nears.

"The whole thing is an ongoing process," Murphy said. "So to say that we have an absolute recommendation to the Board would be a stretch at this point. We’re getting clearer, though. We’re refining the wants of the district and the wants of the master planning process and reconciling those with the needs."

In May, workshops the committee held with select members of the public helped narrow the options down to a favored proposal. That proposal included two phases. Phase one comprises: demolishing Treasure Mountain Junior High, relocating Dozier Field to the east side of the Kearns Boulevard campus, building a new wing onto Park City High School to accommodate ninth-graders, and building a school for fifth and sixth grade near Ecker Hill Middle School.

Phase two includes: expanding McPolin Elementary, potentially building a new district office while repurposing the current office to a daycare, and potentially repurpose the Park City Learning Center as a community center, potentially expanding the Ecker Hill Community Pool, and potentially building a storage warehouse.

All together, the preliminary projected cost for the first phase is $49.5 million, of which $15 million would come from the district’s capital reserves, according to the master planning summary the district released. Murphy said it’s still unclear whether the district will have to put a bond on the ballot in November to fund the project.

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Murphy also said it is yet to be determined whether some of those options make financial sense. The only ones he viewed as definite needs were expanding the high school and McPolin Elementary, tearing down the junior high and building a school for fifth and sixth grade.

He added that informal meetings the committee has held in the Prospector and Park Meadows neighborhoods has revealed concerns from residents such as whether Dozier Field should be moved, the transportation effects of the entire project, the cost of the project and whether the district is moving too quickly.

The committee will hold three formal community presentations in the coming weeks. The first is scheduled for June 29 at the district office at 3:30 p.m. The second is set for 5:30 p.m. on July 6 at Ecker Hill, while the third is set for July 21st at 6 p.m. at the high school.

"This all has to be properly vetted with the community, and we have to take the comments to heart," Murphy said. "We’ve got to amend our plan where necessary."

According to the master planning summary, the committee is set to make a final recommendation to the Board of Education at an August 11 public meeting. The Board would vote on the recommendation August 18, in time to put a bond on November’s ballot if necessary.