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Even more students than originally proposed were excluded from attending the new West Valley City high school scheduled to open in the fall under boundaries adopted by the Granite School Board.

Parents who wanted their children to attend Hunter High School sat frustrated through Tuesday night's school board meeting as members voted to send an additional 58 students to Cyprus High School in Magna.Board members criticized some of the West Valley City parents who wrote letters criticizing the proposed boundaries, saying they appeared to believe they were superior to Magna residents.

"In many of the letters I received, there was an `I'm better than Magna' attitude, and that bothers me," said Lynn Davidson, board president. "Those people who wrote those kinds of letters ought to be ashamed of themselves."

The parents were not allowed to make comments to the board on the boundaries because, according to a school district spokesman, a public hearing had been held on the issue earlier this month.

So they hissed, muttered and even jeered as board members debated and finally approved a change in the boundaries proposed by a citizens committee at the Oct. 3 meeting.

Much of the concern is over students living in a neighborhood south of 3500 South, east of 7200 West, north of the Utah-Salt Lake Canal and west of 6400 West.

Parents in that area had asked that their children at least have the option of attending the new high school, since many of their children's elementary and junior high school classmates would be within the Hunter High boundaries.

Under the citizens committee's plan, the southeast pocket of that neighborhood would have attended Hunter High School. But the board voted to send all students north of the canal and west of 6400 West to Cyprus.

Board member Judy Larson suggested the change in the citizens committee's recommendation, citing concern over the number of students who would attend Cyprus High School.

Parents who gathered outside the school district board room after the decision complained that board members paid no attention to their concerns. They also were upset that they had been characterized as elitist.

"I'm not fighting over a new high school versus an old high school," said Robyn Osborn, 7080 W. Bello Ave. "What I'm fighting for is for my children to be happy."

Osborn said one of her daughters, a recent graduate of Cyprus High who served as a school cheerleader, and one of her sons, who is in the 11th grade there this year, both have had good experiences at the school.

But she said her daughters in the eighth and ninth grades at Hunter Junior High School both want to follow their friends to the new high school, as will her son and daughter now attending Orchard Elementary School.

Dorothy Jensen, who lives within the area excluded from the Hunter High boundary by the school board and has two children who will be affected, said the boundary between West Valley City and Magna is real.

"My kids, they'll adjust. But we're that community," she said, referring to the West Valley City residents who are within the Hunter High School boundaries. "West Valley City is different than Magna."