Provo High School is moving locations the Provo School District Board of Education announced Tuesday night.
“Following our months of research and conversations, we are convinced that building Provo High School on the Lakeshore site is in the best interest of our students,” read Provo City School District Board President Julie Rash in a statement during Tuesday night’s meeting. “We are unwilling to sacrifice student opportunity and achievement in order to keep PHS on an inadequate site when a more suitable alternative is available.”
In 2014, Provo voters approved a $108 million bond to, in part, support reconstruction on the current school at the corner of University Ave. and Bulldog Blvd. While the phases for improving the school have begun — including a $3.2 million in renovations at the football stadium — the Provo School Board said they will begin focusing their attention on the new location immediately.
[pullquote]”We are unwilling to sacrifice student opportunity and achievement in order to keep PHS on an inadequate site when a more suitable alternative is available.” —Julie Rash, Provo City School District Board President[/pullquote]
Provo High already owns the property they are relocating to at 1300 North Lakeshore Drive, 3.3 miles west of the current high school.
In making the decision, the school board sought insight from experts, including city engineers, architects, traffic engineers and structural engineers.
While the school has decided to relocate, there has not been a sale of the current Provo High location yet. In September, an interested buyer approached the School Board and since then more buyers have come forward.
“We are not announcing the sale, or imminent sale, of the property on University Ave,” Rash said. “Since September additional interested buyers have come forward and we are actively engaged in discussions with them.”
The Provo School Board said they will continue discussions with interested buyers, but they have their focus on its students.
“These discussions have generated a commitment from the Board of Education that the decision on the location of Provo High should not be based on a real estate transaction — rather, it should be firmly grounded in, and limited to, the best interests of the Provo High students of today and the future.”