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More than 200 teachers, parents and dignitaries attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Alta View Elementary under a stellar blue sky Tuesday, April 19 — but the real VIPs of the event were Alta View’s many students who came to celebrate the start of work on their new building.

“This is an incredibly exciting time,” Alta View Principal Karen Medlin told the crowd. “We’re going to be so proud of this new addition to the Canyons District community, and we promise you that it will be a place of learning, a place of knowledge, a place of true human power.”

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser; Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-Draper; members of the White City Township Community Council Kay Dickerson, Paulina Flint and Linda Price; Canyons Board of Education President Sherril Taylor and members Steve Wrigley, Nancy Tingey, Amber Shill; District administrators, school administrators, teachers and parents and neighbors all attended the celebration of beginning construction on the long-awaited building.
According to plans, the new Alta View will be built east of the existing school. Children will attend class in the old facility while the new one is being constructed.

Features of the new Alta View include a security vestibule that will require all visitors to be seen by school staff before entering the building. Plans also call for a large commons area filled with natural light and a grand staircase leading to the second-floor classrooms, the media center, an activity room and a computer lab. On the main floor, classrooms will be flanked by a multipurpose room and the kitchen and cafeteria. 

In addition, state-of-the-art mechanical and electrical systems, including voice-amplification equipment for teachers, will be used in learning spaces throughout the building.

The project is being completed thanks to a $250 million, tax-rate-neutral bond approved by voters in 2010. In the past six years, the District has been able to successfully complete a healthy spate of new-school and renovation projects, including seismic retrofitting at Sandy Elementary, the new Midvale Elementary, Corner Canyon High, a renovation of Albion Middle, the new Butler Middle, the new Draper Park Middle, additions at Brighton and Hillcrest high schools, and the new Mount Jordan Middle. 

Work on the projects promised to the CSD community at the time of the bond’s passage will continue for the next several years.  A new Butler Elementary will open this fall, crews are hard at work on a new Midvale Middle and the design process is underway for a remodel of Indian Hills. The Board of Education on Tuesday, April 12 approved a contract with FFKR to work on the remodel of the Sandy middle school — the final project expected to be completed with funds from the 2010 bond measure.

Architects working to design the new Alta View Elementary have presented their concepts to the Canyons Board of Education. Representatives of Naylor Wentworth Lund Architects presented their concepts in a Board of Education meeting Sept. 1, 2015. The full presentation can be found on BoardDocs.

Alta View Elementary will be rebuilt on the school’s current campus, where the playground now is situated. The site already has been prepared to allow for continued student learning and safety during construction, with drop-off and playground fencing adjustments in place for the start of the 2015-2016 academic year.

Alta View remains in the design process. Meetings were held last spring with the Alta View community and faculty regarding the new school’s design, and initial concepts were displayed at the school last spring. Alta View Principal Karen Medlin said the concepts have received positive feedback from the community. The new school not only will optimize learning conditions to help students prepare for college and careers, but provide for improved community access via parking and traffic flow, and serve as a community gathering space.  

The Board voted in October 2014 to select Alta View Elementary as the White City school to rebuild with proceeds from the $250 million bond voters approved in June 2010. The action followed months of public input. Groundbreaking on the new school is scheduled for spring 2016. The new school is scheduled to open in fall 2017.

The final $42 million in bonds from the 2010 Canyons School District bond election are about to be issued.

The Canyons Board of Education on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, adopted a resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of $42 million in general obligations bonds. The bonds are the last of the $250 million in bonds authorized by voters in the 2010 election.

Bond proceeds will fund the final bond projects, including the rebuild of Alta View and Butler elementary schools, the rebuild of Midvale Middle School, and renovations to Indian Hills Middle School. This is the first step in the bond sale process, which will allow CSD to capitalize on lower construction costs and borrow funds at low interest rates, which currently are around 2.6 percent.

Canyons School District is pleased to deliver on its bond promises to the public. Tax rates have remained neutral.  Canyons' AAA Bond Rating has enabled the district to secure low interest rates to save taxpayers money. In 2014, Canyons was able to refinance some of the debt issued by the former Jordan School District to save the district $4.5 million.

CSD also has completed the following bond projects since breaking ground on its first projects in spring 2011:

• Corner Canyon High School: Fall 2013
• Upgrades at Brighton and Hillcrest high schools to accommodate ninth-graders: Fall 2013
• Rebuilt Butler Middle School: Fall 2013
• Rebuilt Draper Park Middle School (formerly Crescent View Middle School): Fall 2013
• Rebuilt Midvale Elementary: Fall 2012
• Refurbish Albion Middle School: Fall 2012
• Seismic upgrades at Sandy Elementary: Fall 2011

Five of the bond projects remain. They are:

• Mount Jordan Middle rebuild, scheduled for completion in fall 2015
• Butler Elementary rebuild, scheduled for completion in fall 2016
• Midvale Middle rebuild, scheduled for completion in fall 2017
• Alta View Elementary rebuild, scheduled for completion in fall 2017
• Indian Hills renovation, scheduled for completion in fall 2018
The Canyons Board of Education unanimously voted to rebuild Alta View Elementary  with proceeds from the $250 million bond voters approved in June 2010.

The Board action came at its Oct. 21, 2014 Business Meeting, and  followed months of public input from White City township officials, parents, and the principals and School Community Councils at Alta View and neighboring Bell View and Edgemont elementary schools. Alta View was identified as the school to be rebuilt largely because of its advanced age and condition.

The Board's vote allows the process to design the new school to begin. CSD's school design process includes community members, employees and school and District leaders. The rebuilt Alta View Elementary is slated to open in 2017.