Thank you so much for all you have done to rally around our historic Dixon Middle School. The board will announce its decision on the bond on Tuesday April 23. If you are a Provo resident, please email the board right now by either writing your own* or copying and pasting the message below.
*If you have the time, we prefer that you write your own message. If you live outside the downtown area, please note that, as well.
Dear Provo District School Board members,
I am writing as a Provo resident and voter to request that the bond include an on-site Dixon Middle School. I believe Dixon in its current location will best serve our students, district, and city for reasons that include:
1) While I understand the flexibility the larger site offers, I do not find the ability to expand to be a desirable quality, as I prefer the size to be capped by its initial capacity of about 1,200 students.
2) There may be a slightly higher number of students who can walk to the new site, but its walkability would be prohibitive due to the poor Safe Routes infrastructure of the area.
3) The existing site supports the vulnerable families in the area that depend on its walkability, from picking up siblings at nearby Timpanogos (the highest low-income school in the district), to getting home when sick.
4) Dixon Middle School serving as the historic anchor of Dixon Neighborhood is essential for the health of the surrounding area and downtown as it helps attract established families the area desperately needs. See: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2019/4/16/losing-essential-services-to-the-suburbs-is-bad-for-everyone
For these reasons, I will support a school bond that includes Dixon rebuilt on its current site, and not one that relocates it. Please make the decision to rebuild Dixon on its current site.
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