It has been written: “where there is no vision, the people perish.” We know by previous actions, some leaders do have a vision for our valley, but it becomes a problem since no one is sure how far the vision extends and how clear it really is and who can be counted on to articulate a vision.
An opportunity does exist to create a benefit for everyone in the valley, if done correctly. The Wasatch School District has the old High School for sale and there is a need for what that school could do for the community, if carefully planned and executed. Others have done it and at one time, Heber City had the opportunity to utilize a school, but the vision was cloudy, the planning shoddy and in the end, it produced nothing but a stop over in time for a couple of City departments. Better plans, more citizen involvement and a real objective, could have produced some real money saving results, with some serious benefits to the community now and in the future, but that deal seems to be water under the bridge for now.
In the City of Hurricane, in southern Utah, they have prepared themselves with a partnership with the School District to sell to Hurricane City, an elementary school. Hurricane City sees the unique opportunity they have. They have chosen to move slowly and deliberately in putting a plan together to benefit as many as possible in the community. At this point they have no firm plans, because as their City Manager says, “We don’t want to just throw a whole bunch of things in there and find out we ruined what we wanted to do with it. There’s a lot of potential.”
They have hopes of allowing business to use some of the class rooms. Hosting plays and concerts and continue using other class rooms for teaching certain classes to benefit the community.
The beauty of this whole thing, is the School District kept the school in good repair and current on its maintenance, unlike our School District who wanted to build a new High School and allowed the replaced school to fall into disrepair and used this criminal act to sell the supporters with a series of pictures and words to support the contention the old school was not worry to save. And now, since confession is in order, people who knew, have stepped up to say the whole thing was by design since the district has had in their possession a ton of money to keep the school in excellent repair, but elected not to.
There has been a number of proposals but by mouth only, as to what should be done with the school. There have been some suggestion to sell the school and the property. Tear the school down and sell the property. Even Wasatch County has gotten in on the act and suggested it would be a great spot and a super use of the current buildings to have a Rec. Center there. But would that work, since the County it seems is more in tune with providing office space, rather than community space?
But without some type of vision, no government should be allowed to inherit it by whatever means, without a plan. And the School District needs to understand they do not actually own that building, and if any changes were to come about, the people, those who paid for it, need first consideration. Anything else, is a slap in the face of those who struggled to put it all together 40 years ago. It is sort of funny, those who want to destroy it, are not the same ones who built it. The destroyers seem to be the Johnny come lately’s who purport to have all the answers, as if those who have lived here for years have been hiding somewhere having no ideas of their own and no vision of the future. Are you surprised that discussing the old high school has come to a position of “us” and “them”?
One can only hope, all of our elected leaders can get their heads on straight on this issue and demonstrate to their critics they do have a plan. They do have a vision and it does include citizens of the valley who are currently here and it does involve doing rather than just saying.