Note: Recordings and documents for agenda items can be accessed via BoardDocs by clicking on the corresponding agenda items.

Truth and Taxation Meeting Information


Business Administrator Leon Wilcox presented information to the Board of Education about the Aug. 6 Truth and Taxation meeting. Wilcox outlined the planned agenda for the hearing, which will include a presentation about the proposed adjustment and patron comments. Funds from a 13 percent increase would allow the District to put into place a new salary schedule for Canyons educators. The teacher-compensation plan, as negotiated with the Canyons Education Association, calls for a $7,665-per-year salary increase for every teacher. It also would raise the beginning-teacher’s salary to $50,000. This is the first time in Canyons District history that the District is proposing to increase the certified tax rate through the required Truth and Taxation process. The hearing will be in Board chambers at Canyons Administration Building-East, 9361 S. 300 East. 

Apex Awards

Director of Communications Jeff Haney presented information about the upcoming 10th annual Apex Awards, the highest awards given by the Board of Education and Administration. The by-invitation-only event will be Sept. 10 at Corner Canyon High. Nominations for Apex Awards are being taken until Aug. 2. 

Patron Comments

Patron Steve Van Maren asked the Board to reconsider the agenda for the night of the Truth and Taxation hearing. 

Consent Agenda

The Board of Education approved the Consent Agenda, including approval of the minutes of the Board of Education from June 18, 2019; minutes from the June 25, 2019 meeting of the Board; hire and termination reports; purchasing bids; requests for overnight travel; June financial reports; a revised organizational chart; and a revised Board meeting schedule for 2019-2020.

Board and Staff Reports

Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe thanked the Board of Education for the constructive criticism given in his recent performance review. He also remarked that the recent roundtable discussion was productive and yielded a robust list of possible action item for the school year. He also mentioned Brighton High’s 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, July 20. 

Wilcox said he appreciated the feedback he received during his performance evaluation.  He also updated the Board on plans to start using biodegradable trays at all 29 elementary schools in the coming school year. The schools also are going to use silverware instead of disposable utensils. 

Board of Education Member Reports

Mrs. Clareen Arnold thanked the staff for planning the 10th birthday party for the District.  She also thanked those who are working throughout the summer to prepare schools and other facilities for the upcoming school year. 

Mr.  Steve Wrigley reported on participating in the Sandy City Fourth of July parade and the Jordan High summer academy graduation. He also said many teachers have approached him about the salary increase, saying they appreciate the consideration of providing a wage that’s comparable to other professions. 

Mrs. Amber Shill expressed appreciation to Wilcox and the Nutrition Services team for finding a solution to environmental concerns regarding the disposable lunch trays.

Mr. Mont Millerberg said the 10th birthday party for Canyons District “was killer.”

President Nancy Tingey noted the investment of parents, students, employees and community partners in the success of the District over the past 10 years.  She thanked the public for participating in the operations of the District. 
For now, summer is in full swing, with barbeques, popsicles, and sunny afternoons by the pool. Before we know it, however, Canyons District schools will hum with a back-to-school buzz — and yellow school buses will be a familiar sight in neighborhoods.

Parents are encouraged to be prepared for the Monday, Aug. 19 first day of school for first- through 12th-grade students and the Wednesday, Aug. 22 start-day for kindergarten and preschool students by taking a minute to review 2019-2020 transportation plans for students who attend Canyons schools in Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Midvale, Sandy and the towns of Alta and Brighton.  

Updated information about pick-up and drop-off locations can be easily accessed on the Canyons District website. Click here for the e-tool the public can use to find out more about eligibility and the established stops for Canyons buses. 

In addition, parents are urged to note a Utah law governing transportation funding that may affect some Canyons District middle school students. 

Canyons receives funding for busing provided to students enrolled in kindergarten through sixth grade who live at least 1 ½ miles from school and students enrolled in grades seven through 12 who live at least 2 miles from school.

This means that some middle school students who qualified for busing last year may not qualify again this year because they have advanced to the seventh-grade and must live more than 2 miles away from the school to receive the services.

Canyons has created a “space-available” permit program to help many students who no longer qualify for busing services. Non-qualifying students may submit a request for transportation services so they can ride with their qualifying siblings or neighbors — if there is space on the bus.  The space-available permits are granted on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis. 

The permit-request forms will be made available to the public at 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 5.  The forms can be accessed at all Canyons District schools and must be submitted at the school where your child attends.  

During the first few weeks of the school year, transportation services will not be provided to secondary students who live within a 2-mile radius of their schools, even if they have submitted a space-available permit request.  The CSD administration realizes this may be an inconvenience for some families, but the CSD Transportation Department needs the time to verify the numbers of students who, according to state law, are guaranteed a spot on the bus. 

Families of students who are granted a space-available permit will be notified by Sept. 16. 

Questions?  Please call Canyons District at 801-826-5000 or send an e-mail message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., A representative will be prepared to help you with your questions.
As one of the first employees of Canyons School District, Susan Edwards has had a front-row seat for many of the District’s defining moments.

Even before the vote on Nov. 6, 2007, Edwards was deeply involved in community discussions that led to the creation of the first school district in Utah in 100 years. From building a vital bridge of connections throughout the community to choosing the District’s first computers, Edwards has played a key role in Canyons’ history — and, after a decade of devoting day and night to its success — Canyons has played a key role in hers.

“It feels like Canyons’ history is part of my family’s history,” Edwards said recently as she reflected on the District’s upcoming anniversary. “My family sees what you can accomplish, they see the relationships and the strength it takes just to battle through. They’ve learned a lot about community service, and how important education is to me.”

Click here to see Edwards talk with ABC4 anchor Brian Carlson about Canyons District's first 10 years.

Since community was essential to Canyons’ creation, community is at the heart of Canyons’ 10-year anniversary celebration on July 1. Nearly 700 people attended a free community party from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sandy Amphitheater splash pad, 1245 E. 9400 South.  At the event, the District served more than 600 hot dogs, bags of chips, and bottles of water. Attendees also sang “Happy Birthday” and cheered as the Board of Education cut birthday cakes decorated with the District’s logo.

Partygoers included students and their parents, current and former employees and dignitaries, including leaders of Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Midvale and Sandy cities. Families stayed cool with water from the splash pad while picnicking on the lush grass of the park.  A live DJ turned up the volume to popular tunes. 

Canyons would not exist without the support of the community and family members throughout the District. For Edwards, the support of her family was essential in undertaking her role to help Canyons thrive. As one of the first CSD employees, Edwards wore many hats to help Canyons get off of the ground. She helped forge relationships between city leaders and district leaders, she acted as a business manager, IT director and human resources aide until those positions were filled by the experts in their fields.   

When Canyons’ first computers were to be delivered to the District, it was Edwards who waited at the building every day over Christmas break, only to discover they were marooned at the airport, because they believed all school districts would be closed, unaware Canyons was currently in an office building. Whatever the task, Edwards, now the District’s Public Engagement Coordinator, is ready to step in and help make it happen. 

“In many regards, Susan is the go-to person in Canyons District,” said Canyons School District President Nancy Tingey. “Her dedication to the District is unparalleled. Through her connectedness to the community, she is both an ambassador for the District, as well as a valuable link to bring community matters to the attention of the District.” 

Over the course of a decade, for every meeting and service opportunity, Edwards was there, but she wasn’t alone. Her four children were all in school at the time, and as they supported their mother, attending school events and more, they experienced their own firsts in Canyons history. Her son was a graduate in Canyons’ first commencement ceremony in 2010, he also was a flag bearer at Canyons’ first opening ceremony. A daughter was part of the first class of seniors to graduate from Corner Canyon, Canyons’ first brand-new high school. Another daughter was part of the first class to graduate after spending all four years at Corner Canyon. They all watched as the first middle school was built in Draper, and learned about their mother’s grit as they saw her dedicate time and energy to the District even after they all entered college.

Before Canyons was created, Edwards was involved in her children’s school community as a member of the school community council and PTA president. After Canyons’ creation, Edwards continues to devote her time and energy to supporting the District and its students, even if her own kids have moved on. 

 “I still want Canyons to be the best it can be,” Edwards said. “We’ve got 34,000 other kids. Our staff, our teachers, our children, our communities, they all rely on Canyons doing a good job. It’s not really a job we get to fail at. If we do, we’re failing a classroom of kids, and their whole education is impacted. We don’t get to fail because we are producing the people who will run our world for the next many years.”

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  • There’s no looking back now. You’ve crossed the finish line, donned your cap and gown and received your diploma.

    But graduating doesn’t have to be the end of your relationship with Alta, Brighton, Corner Canyon, Diamond Ridge, Hillcrest or Jordan high. Canyons, the first school district to be created in Utah in 100 years, turns 10 on July 1, 2019, and to commemorate this milestone, we’re launching an alumni directory to help our high school graduates stay connected, communicate and collaborate as only they know how.

    “The directory has revealed how we have alumni living all over the world, from Australia and China to Israel and Sweden. They range in age from 18 years of age to over 100. But wherever they call home, and no matter how they’ve chosen to make a difference, they still identify as proud Hawks, Huskies, Bengals, Beetdiggers, Chargers and Raptors,” says Canyons Public Engagement Coordinator Susan Edwards. “This online directory will make it easier than ever for us to keep our alumni informed of homecoming events, class reunions and other opportunities to reconnect with their alma mater.” alumnimap

    The directory is live, and in the coming weeks, Canyons will be emailing alumni with instructions on how to verify the information in their online profiles. The process is as simple as logging in to the portal using your first and last name, graduation year and the school from which you graduated—no matter how recently or long ago. From there, just follow the prompts to pull up your profile and make any needed adjustments. Do it by July 15, and your name will be entered in a drawing for some nostalgic prizes.

    When you update your profile, you can update your personal settings to control how and when you’d like to receive information.

    All information in the database will be kept secure and private. Canyons does not sell alumni data or grant access to outside entities. This is merely a tool to assist Canyons in getting out the word about important news, events and opportunities to give back to support the educational mission of your alma mater. 

    If you have questions about the directory and how it will be used, please see further details below, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The directory can be found at alumni.canyonsdistrict.org.

    What information is contained in the directory?
    Information contained in the directory is similar to what you might find in an old-fashioned telephone book, including, your name, home address, email address, and phone numbers. You are free to include as much or little as you want, but keep in mind that the purpose of the directory is to keep you informed. 

    How will this information be used?
    All information in the database will be kept secure and private. This is a tool to assist Canyons District in getting out the word about important news, events and opportunities to support the educational mission of your alma mater. It will be used exclusively for:
    • Sharing invitations to class reunions and other major events
    • Communicating important school and District news
    • Connecting alumni with volunteering, mentoring, guest speaking and scholarship funding opportunities
    • Contacting alumni for feedback on how we can better utilize the network to serve them 
    There are still summer adventures to be had, plenty of time for backpacking, backyard barbeques and beach vacations. Amid all the last-minute summer fun, don't forget to register for your children for the 2019-2020 schol year.  Even if you're on vacation, you can log-on and use our online registration system. 

    Online registration started Aug. 1. Because online registration is not first-come, first-served, you won’t need to worry about being the first to log in and register your child. Also, the time you register will not impact teacher or course selection for your child. So far, nearly 21,000 students have registered for the coming school year in the past week. 

    Canyons District has fixed a glitch in its online registration system that inadvertently posed questions to all patrons about a child’s refugee, immigrant and migrant status, if any. To address the concerns, the District has improved and streamlined the registration process and added clarifying language explaining that the information is needed to plan for English-language services for students whose primary language is not English. The District uses the data to apply for funding to provide supplemental instructional supports for students learning English. The survey was not intended for English-speaking students taking dual-language immersion classes. To be clear, information gathered as part of online registration at no time is shared with immigration authorities or used for immigration matters. We regret the worry or concern may have caused. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact Student Advocacy and Access Director Karen Sterling at 801-826-5111 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    If your child has attended CSD in the past: You will use your Guardian Skyward Family Access ID and Password to begin the online-registration process at http://skyward.canyonsdistrict.org/. Once logged in, simply follow the prompts and make personal identification updates as needed. 

    If your child is new to CSD: You will need to begin the enrollment process at your child’s school. After Aug. 1, make sure to take a birth certificate, immunization records and proof of address into the Main Office of your child’s school. Please call the school in advance to find out when school staff will be in the office.  

    When registering online, you will need to pay any school fees using a credit card. If you prefer to pay with cash, or qualify for a fee waiver, or need to schedule a payment plan with your school, please contact your child’s school directly. 

    While registration for most students will be done online, you may still register in person if you prefer. All schools in Canyons District are scheduled to be open on specific dates and times for your walk-in registration convenience.

    Need help logging in to Skyward? Contact: 801-826-5525.

    The following preliminary list of walk-in registration dates and times will be updated as more dates are confirmed:

    Elementary Schools                                
    Altara Elementary, Aug. 1-16, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Alta View Elementary, Aug. 13, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Aug. 14, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Bell View Elementary, Aug. 6, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Aug. 7, noon to 6 p.m.
    Bella Vista Elementary, Aug. 5, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Brookwood Elementary, Aug. 7, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Butler Elementary, Aug. 7, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Canyon View Elementary, starting Aug. 5, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Copperview Elementary, Aug. 5-9, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Aug. 6 and 8, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Crescent Elementary, Aug. 8, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., and Aug. 9, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Draper Elementary, starting Aug. 1, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    East Midvale Elementary, TBA
    East Sandy Elementary, Aug. 12, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Edgemont Elementary, Aug. 6 – 16, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Granite Elementary, Aug. 9, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Lone Peak Elementary, by appointment only, 801-826-8650
    Midvale Elementary, Aug. 5 – 7, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Aug. 8, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., and Aug. 9, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Oak Hollow Elementary, Aug. 1-2, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Midvalley Elementary, Aug. 5 and 7, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Aug. 6, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    Oakdale Elementary, Aug. 7, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Peruvian Park Elementary, starting Aug. 1, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Ridgecrest Elementary, Aug. 8, 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., and again from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    Quail Hollow Elementary, to be announced, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Park Lane Elementary, Aug. 7-8, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Sandy Elementary, TBA
    Silver Mesa Elementary, TBA
    Sunrise Elementary, Aug. 5-12, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Sprucewood Elementary, Aug. 9, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Aug. 13, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Willow Canyon Elementary, Aug. 14, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and Aug. 15, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Willow Springs Elementary, Aug. 5-6, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Middle Schools
    Albion Middle, starting Aug. 2, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
    Butler Middle, Aug. 6, 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., and Aug. 8, 8 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
    Eastmont Middle, Aug. 15, 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Midvale Middle, Aug. 7 and 12, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    Indian Hills Middle, by appointment only, 801-826-7100, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Draper Park Middle, starting Aug. 2, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Mount Jordan Middle, Aug. 7-8, noon to 6 p.m.
    Union Middle, Aug. 5-7, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., and again on Aug. 7, 5-8 p.m.

    High Schools
    Alta High, starting Aug. 1 during regular office hours
    Brighton High, starting Aug. 1 during regular office hours
    Hillcrest High, Aug. 6-8, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Jordan High, starting Aug. 1 during regular office hours
    Corner Canyon, by appointment only from Aug. 13-15 between the hours 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Special Schools and Programs
    Diamond Ridge, Aug. 5-6, 8 a.m. to noon, Aug. 7-8, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., and Aug. 9 by appointment
    Jordan Valley School, starting Aug. 1, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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