The following are answers to assorted frequently asked questions about the school bond issue which will come up for vote on Tuesday.
* When and where will people be able to vote?
Voting for residents residing within the Alta Community School District will take place at the Alta Community Center, which is located at 409 Hwy. 7. Polls will be open on Tuesday, Dec. 4 , from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m.
* What are the components of the proposed facilities addition?
If the bond issue passes, nine new classrooms, a media center/community library, a computer lab and a gymnasium/community wellness center would be added to the current elementary building.
* Will additional parking facilities be included in this proposal?
The plan calls for expansion of the existing parking lot to the northwest corner of the elementary school and addition of a second lot to the southeast corner of the school. There will be a drive south of the school connecting Main Street with the southeast parking lot.
* What has enrollment done in the past 15 years and what is it forecasted to do in the next five years?
There were 553 students in the Alta School District in 1986, and were 593 students in 1991. By 1996 the enrollment increased to 652, and leveled off to 601 students in 2001. Enrollment figures are projected to remain stable in Alta for the next five years.
* What educational programs have been added to the school's required curriculum over the past few years?
Programs such as special education, Title 1 Reading, Talented and Gifted, English as a Second Language, guidance counseling, early intervention, computer classes and at-risk programs have all become required areas for the Alta School District to provide for students.
Many of these areas were not required when the present elementary building was constructed in 1968.
* Does the building allow for future growth and flexibility?
The proposed addition would be constructed to the south of the existing elementary school on land owned by the school district. At this time, no additional purchase of land is required but additional land is available for purchase if needed for future construction.
* Will the community be able to use the new facilities?
Yes. Plans are to make the computer lab available after school hours, evenings, weekends and during the summer for Alta citizens, while the gym will be accessible to the public for recreational activities. The new library would be open for public use during school hours and non-school hours.