by Bob Henke, principal at Mountain Crest High School
Cache Valley continues to grow and the current high schools in the county have reached their maximum capacity. A bond that includes building two new high schools was passed in November 2013. The opening of the high school in Millville will take place in Fall 2016 and has generated a lot of excitement. The progress of the new building is evident as you drive the highway from Logan to ward Hyrum.
The new school will open with approximately 1200 students grades nine through 12. The proposed boundary includes the communities of Providence, River Heights, Nibley, Millville and College/Young Ward. A school board meeting was held on March 5 to hear input from stakeholders about the boundaries; the board will make a final decision soon.
Mountain Crest High School principal Robert Henke was appointed principal of the new school in February. He will finish the current school year at Mountain Crest and then focus his attention on the details of opening a new school.
The new configuration of having ninth graders in our high schools will allow those students more opportunities for participation in the variety of programs offered at the high school level.
Even though the schools will be smaller in number than the district’s current high schools, it is anticipated that courses and programs will still be available to all students by broadcasting classes between the schools. Also, with the excep- tion of a swimming pool, the new school will have the same facilities as Mountain Crest High School.
Earlier this month, each home in the proposed boundary received a postcard in- viting them to participate in naming the new high school, selecting the school colors and deciding on a mascot. Citizens were also invited to volunteer to serve on the School Community Coun- cil and/or PTA for the new school and to participate on selection committee to finalize the school name, mascot, and colors.
Bond project updates can be found on the Cache County School District website.