Draper City Statement Regarding Citizen Group Proposing New School District
A group of Draper citizens is proposing the creation of a new school district within the Draper City boundaries and a separation from the Canyons School District. This citizen group has met with the Mayor and many of the City Council members. Neither Draper City nor its elected officials were involved with this proposal.
School issues are not in the purview of the Mayor or the Council. We do not have any legal authority over schools or their operation. However, we believe that high quality education is a major quality of life component of our city. We are grateful to the Canyons School District for serving our community with distinction. We have outstanding public and private schools in Draper.
Utah law has a special provision that allows a city, via its governing body, to place the issue of the “formation of a local school district” on the ballot for city voters to consider. The Council is not obligated to put the issue on the ballot. The City Council would only consider placing an issue like this on the ballot based upon a thoroughly vetted feasibility study and overwhelming public support for putting this issue up for a vote.
State law provides an alternative path for the creation of a school district. This group is free to pursue a citizens initiative petition process administered by Salt Lake County should they choose to do so.
Obviously, the creation of a new school district would be a major decision with significant ramifications for Draper families. It is not something the City Council will consider without detailed professional study, substantial public input and specific articulated reasons for such a change. We encourage all Draper parents to be active participants in their child’s education.
We will provide updates regarding any formal requests by this group. Should this group demonstrate substantial public support for a vote on this issue, such that the Council feels obligated to hear the issue, we will fully vet the proposal in open meetings, take public comment, hear arguments and take into consideration all of the factors before making a decision to put this issue before the voters.
Mayor Troy K. Walker