The decision to close Oquirrh Hills Elementary in Kearns because of poor performance is a huge mistake.

I attended that school for first grade in 1959. I have fond memories of my experiences there. It was and still is a fine school, with a pool of very good teachers and administrators.

A lot has changed in the past six decades since I lived in that neighborhood. The majority of my classmates were from two-parent families. English was the only language spoken at home and at school. Parents took more personal responsibility in their children’s learning.

The Granite School Board should take a look at successful improvements made in schools in other areas inside and outside the borders of our “pretty great state.” That is what they were hired to do — offer the best education possible to our students, not turn their backs on them.

Kenneth Johnson, Salt Lake City