FARMINGTON — Viewmont High School Principal Dan Linford looks forward to the day when he won’t have to keep adding portable classrooms in the parking lot, and when the neighborhood isn’t jammed with student vehicles for nine months of the year.
He also hopes the 50-year-old school building will, at some point, get air conditioning, and things will change so every day doesn’t involve safety concerns from having to accommodate hundreds of students beyond capacity.
All of it makes for an “uninspiring” place to learn, Linford said, but it’s a challenge that doesn’t seem to be going away.
“What really has us concerned are the projections on numbers,” Linford said. “Every year over the last three or four years, we seem to be adding a portable (classroom), and that growth isn’t projected to stop for a number of years.”
The Davis School District currently uses 350 portable classrooms to provide a temporary solution in schools with a fluctuating need for space. But in places such as Viewmont, the extra buildings have become a fixture on campus, increasing tardies and other discipline problems as students travel in and out