Parents and residents of University Park expressed their concerns at Tuesday evening's HPISD School Board meeting. The overall theme focused on trust, transparency and good leadership of the trustees. Community members stated their initial support of the 2015 bond election, based on promises made to the community, are now pleading for the board to, "do the right thing." (audio of public comments)
Specific topics voiced to the board ranged from two year vs. one year displacement of Hyer students, two-story vs. three-story buildings, an ongoing decline in enrollment, the loss of this historic school building, the loss of property values and the loss of the charm and character of our community.
2015 Bond materials specifically stated that each elementary school would attend School # 5 for one year while their school was being built.
While initial renderings of University Park Elementary, Bradfield, and Hyer all show two-story buildings, the City of UP approved a three-story structure in March 2017 to be built, with the tallest portion of the structure measuring 48 feet tall. Elementary school #5 also has three stories in order to accommodate a 770 student capacity, which is the model all three remaining buildings plan to follow.
Residents left the meeting with no reassurance as to if or how their concerns will be addressed in any public forum. School board members are not permitted by law to answer or address any of the concerns presented to them during the public comment portion of the meeting.