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OPINION OPENS DOOR FOR TALKS BETWEEN 2 SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Talks concerning western Uintah County students in grades nine through 12 who attend Union High School can now be reopened with a new perspective, following the release of an opinion by the Utah Attorney General's office that negates a 10-year old agreement between the Uintah and Duchesne school districts.

According to Duchesne Superintendent John Aland, a "very positive approach" is anticipated when it comes to solving issues of funding with the Uintah District."We will be discussing all students but specifically grades nine through 12. We feel the time has come that we need to be fairly reimbursed for educating Uintah County students. That has been the point all along," he said.

"Everyone's thinking has changed," said Tim Cox, Duchesne County School Board member. "What we once considered our options are no longer options at all. We need to look at things from a new perspective."

Duchesne County will continue to enroll kindergarten through eighth-grade Uintah County students under the "choice law," according to Aland. The law allows students to cross county lines providing there is room in the school and in the programs sought. The Duchesne District placed a cap on the enrollment of any new Uintah County students in Roosevelt area schools this year. Aland said that cap will remain in effect in the 1996-97 school year as well and will be expanded to include Neola Elementary.