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GRANITE REVIEWS POSSIBLE SITES FOR 2 SCHOOLS

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Two possible sites for new junior high schools in Granite District were presented to the school board Tuesday night.

The sites, where the district already owns 10-acre tracts, are at 3100 S. 6000 West and 6200 S. and 5800 West.Talk about construction of new schools is still in the early stages, but the board directed staff members to continue to study options and see if additional property is available that would add to tracts already owned by the district. The prospective need for an elementary school in the southernmost area would require at least doubling the site size to allow construction of two schools.

Granite owns a number of pieces of property throughout the county that might be sold or traded to provide junior high sites.

Construction is not likely before 1997, when the district will finish paying off current indebtedness. However, growth in the west Salt Lake Valley means new buildings will be needed, said Carl Christiansen, director of property management.

Granite is putting two junior high schools on year-round schedules this summer to alleviate crowding. Brockbank and Jefferson will start their first tracks July 27. Controversy over year-round programs in secondary schools may give the district more impetus to build new schools.

Board Member Lynn D. Davidson said he anticipates growth will begin sooner near 6200 South than in the 3100 South area. Projections call for population increases of 10,000 to 11,000 in the two areas before the year 2015.

Christiansen said a number of factors would have to be considered at either site, if one is chosen, including road access, drainage and traffic.