The reality is this growth is younger or newly married with no children. Orem and Provo are just a temporary stop while getting an education and then moving on after graduation. Coupled with an older and younger population its easy to understand why Orem’s k-12 schools have lost students.
Alpine School district has started a process called consolidation where it is selling off some schools, remodeling older properties. In the long run this will mean more students and higher number of students in each class.
We feel this is wrong and here is why: Slowly we are seeing that the older population are selling their homes which are being purchased by young families with children. Because this is happening we believe the cycle will return where Orem will start to see an increase in school age children and we will actually need our schools back. If not classroom sizes will start to increase and the quality of our education will go down.
Truth is Orem still provides Alpine School with over 44% of its funds through our tax dollars and is still the largest city in the district yet Alpine is relocating those dollars to build schools in the faster growing areas around Lehi and Sarasota Springs. They are also selling of older schools to raise money to fund the Northern growth.
In summary we are concerned this process will harm Orem’s schools and quality of education. Orem’s City Council is unwilling to address this issue and have repeatedly refused to look at what might be a profound misstep.
We have asked the City to support a study that will look at the issues and provide solutions. The study would be funded through private donation and would not cost Orem City any money.
Finally LetOremVote has started a petition initiative to protect the safety of our k-12 students. With developers purchasing residential subdivision to replace them with high density apartments and the added cars and traffic that would occur we feel a need to at least provide protections for our schools and students from such growth.
The Not By My School initiative would not allow any high density apartment zones within 1500 ft of any k-12 school in Orem.
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We believe residential neighborhoods need to be preserved. Orem City Council has approved thousands of new apartments that have impacted our city traffic, utility systems, schools and business tax base in a negative way.
A recent article in the Daily Herald based upon a recent study provides interesting information.
Among a plethora of graphs, data and stories are the blaring facts of living conditions in the area, be it housing, the impoverished, education and more. Among this information, it was found that more than half of Provo’s impoverished are enrolled in college or graduate school.
Nearly 1 out of 3 college students in Utah County are in poverty, according to the needs assessment.
The housing issues for BYU students brings its own problems to the school and the city. Both entities continue to work on how to not only help the students, but the city’s impoverished as a whole.
This revelation explains why the Provo Mall has never really been able to turn a profit. Much of Provo’s residents are living below the poverty level. Orem’s own Apartment explosion is also affecting the success of our own University Place.
Fact is most of the new apartments recent approved are in no way “low cost housing” but in fact expensive with monthly payments near the cost of home ownership.
This is true with the newly proposed Palos Verde project located near UVU. This project will cost the tenant $540.00 for a one-year lease. If you choose the more common nine month lease the cost is in excess of $720.00 per month for a one-bedroom shared living area.
Even more interesting is that UVU has committed to house its scholarship and student athletes at Palos Verde. Scholarship funds come either through generous donation or from our own tax dollars through the state. Would it not be a better use of OUR dollars to house scholarship individuals in a nice but lower cost housing complex, many that are also within walking distance to UVU.