Wasatch School District Seeks Public Input On $150 Million School Bond

The Wasatch School District is holding an open house on Wednesday. A $150 million school bond for two new schools is under consideration and the Board of Education wants public input.

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The Wasatch School District Board of Education will provide information, answer questions and seek input from the community on the $150 million bond. It would fund a secondhigh school and replace the existing Midway Elementary school.

If unable to make the meeting they’ll accept comments through the email [email protected]

A new high school would be built on land the district recently purchased. It’s located west of Heber and North of Midway Lane.

Boundaries for the new high school would approximately follow the middle school configurations and result in two 4A sized high schools.

The bond would also fund a new elementary school in Midway which would replace the current school. It would be built south of the current elementary school on land the district recently purchased.

The district noted that many factors play into the costs of building a new school. The $150 million estimate is based on similarly sized schools recently built in Utah.

A final bond proposal will not happen until mid-August.

Any school district that seeks to issue new bonds must have a resolution calling for an election at a minimum of seventy-five (75) days before the election.

The meeting is Wednesday at 6:30 PM at Wasatch High School Wasatch School District informational videos can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/WasatchCountySchoolDistrict/videos/349310585789468/

Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.