Davis School District officials are willing to pay the $1 million it will cost to move the site of a proposed elementary school, if that will save neighboring Hill Air Force Base from closure.
"Obviously we weren't excited about it, but we're all part of the same community," said assistant superintendent Lynn Trenbeath. "It was something that needed to be done."Because the original site for the school was in the base's Air Installation Compatible Use Zone for noise, Hill backers feared its presence might hurt the base's ranking in future airspace encroachment criteria studies.
Encroachment is one factor used in ranking viability of bases in deciding which ones will be closed as part of defense downsizing.
A new site for the school was found farther east along U-193.
On Tuesday, the school board gave tentative approval to hiring Union Pointe Construction of Salt Lake City as the project's general contractor. The new school is expected to cost between $5.5 million and $6 million, about $1 million more than estimates to build the 31-classroom school at the old site.
Superintendent Richard Kendell said there are no utilities at the new site, so much of the added cost will be to install sewer and water lines.
However, he said an agreement with Layton will allow the district to be paid back some of the cost of the lines as other development occurs in the area.
Trenbeath also said escalating construction costs over the past year have contributed to the higher overall cost of the school.
Steve Rush, a board member who is on the committee fighting to save the base, said it was important for the district to move the school site.