Lehi OKs annexation, zone change for new high school property

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The new north Lehi high school will begin construction this fall. It's anticipated the school will be open for students beginning in August 2016.

The new north Lehi high school will begin construction this fall. It’s anticipated the school will be open for students beginning in August 2016. (Photo courtesy Alpine School District)

LEHI — In a room packed with Boy Scouts who may be its first students, the Lehi City Council OK’d an annexation agreement and zoning for the last piece of property needed for the second high school in Lehi.

The high school is scheduled to open in August 2016. The groundbreaking is scheduled for spring.

“We’re excited to see that new school coming on,” said Lehi Mayor Bert Wilson. “We’re excited to see it.”

This week the Lehi City Council unanimously approved the annexation and zoning of about 13 acres — what Wilson called “that little piece on the north end.” The zoning and annexation agreement were quickly and unanimously approved by the council, with no one from the public wanting to comment, and no questions for Alpine School District.

The new high school will be built at approximately 3200 North and Center Street. Before the annexation, the property was an unincorporated island. The property was re-zoned to agriculture (A-1) to match the other property for the high school. At some point the entire parcel will be changed to the public facilities zone, which is the zoning for schools.

The new high school is being funded as part of a $210 million bond that voters approved in 2011. The new high school is in phase 3 of the bond, along with improvements at Orem Jr. High School (main gym, CTE classrooms) and Pleasant Grove High School (main gym, cardio and dance classrooms). The existing Lehi High School is in the middle of a rebuilding project.

The new high school will be populated by students who live in the current Lehi High School boundaries. No other boundaries will be changed, according to school district officials.

Westlake High School in Saratoga Springs opened in 2009, taking students who would have attended Lehi High School.

Still, Lehi High School’s student population is now about 2,800 students and growing by 200 students every year, assistant superintendent Sam Jarman has said.

Alpine is the largest school district in the state.

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Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

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