Provo High moving school’s location to west side of town

Provo will debut its new $3.2 million stadium tonight.

Provo High school has began renovations on the high school over the past year, including a $3.2  million to the stadium. The School Board announced Tuesday night the school will now be building in a new location.

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.”

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

One Comment

  1. AvatarParker West Reply

    It’s been awhile since I left my hometown making it a double surprise to discover that the population has shifted to the west so dramatically. I can certainly back this move by the school board, if 2000 families are living in houseboats on Utah Lake, as it then would make perfect sense. If only investigative journalism existed in Utah Valley, would we then discover that the new carpet laid at Bulldog Stadium had been promised to the cousin of a board member or that a brother of another board member might very well be the “secret” low bidder when the new high school design is put out for construction bids? I certainly would never even dream that a close relative of another board member might have some interest in the sale of the existing property, salvage rights?
    It’s been my experience as both a member of a 250,000 pop town council and a business executive for 25 years thanks to the good faculty at PHS and s few universities, that when no one is looking, it’s human nature to try and get away with almost anything. Money and sex top the list and you don’t have to be a TV evangelist to qualify.

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