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

    Budget Hearing


    Following a budget hearing, the Board of Education unanimously voted to adopt a financial plan for Canyons District for 2019-2020. The $533 million budget reflects the amount to be collected in property taxes and state support via the $3,532-per-student Weighted Pupil Unit, the state’s education funding formula, which is a 4 percent increase over the previous year’s WPU allocation. Also included in this budget is the negotiated agreement with the Canyons Education Association, which provides a $7,665 salary increase per teacher and elevates a beginning teacher’s salary to $50,000 a year. Approximately $13.7 million of additional property tax revenues will be needed to fund this increase. This will require the District to exceed its certified tax rate for the first time since 2009. According to the budget, new tax revenues will go only toward the new teacher pay schedule, which will represent a double-digit percentage pay hike for CSD educators. A Truth-in-Taxation hearing for the proposed tax adjustment will be Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Canyons Administration Building-East, 9361 S. 300 East. If approved, the cost to patrons would be about $140 a year on an average-priced home in CSD boundaries. The budget also includes the expenditures to continue its ambitious school-improvement schedule. Rebuilds of Brighton and Hillcrest high schools, a major renovation of Alta High, and a rebuild of Midvalley Elementary, as well as “daylighting” projects and Front Office renovations at various schools, are being paid for with funds from a the voter-approved $283 million bond. The budget also includes Alta High’s “Step2theU” early-college program, Hillcrest and Jordan summer academies for at-risk students, maintenance of the current class size, and a personnel “cushion” of 30 teachers to support middle school teaming, elementary split classes, and other academic and social-emotional learning initiatives.

    Several patrons spoke during a public-comment period on the 2018-2019 budget.   
    • Patron Steve Van Maren commented on the proposed increase of the certified tax rate and asked about increases for student-support services.
    • Patron Anna McNamer expressed support for the Board’s consideration of a salary increase for teachers in Canyons District. 
    • Patron Bob Clark expressed concern about the Board “going to the well” to increase salaries instead of first cutting budgets. 
    • Midvale Elementary teacher Korin Hapairai thanked the Board for the District’s focus on social-emotional learning, including personnel who can work with students with behavioral issues.
    • Patron Veronica Reginato voiced support for the budget, particularly for student support services. 
    The Board also adopted a revised budget for 2018-2019.

    Administrative Appointments

    The Board of Education approved the following administrative appointments for the 2019-2020 school year: 
    • Christie Webb, currently Principal at Copperview Elementary, will be the new Principal at Sandy Elementary. She will replace Cory Anderson, who recently had been transferred to Sandy from Bella Vista Elementary before resigning to pursue another professional opportunity.
    • Jeri Rigby, currently Assistant Principal at Midvale Elementary, will be Principal at Copperview Elementary.
    • Sara Caldwell, who had been assigned to be an Assistant Principal at Mount Jordan Middle, will replace Rigby at Midvale Elementary.
    • Sierra Eastmont, currently a Title I specialist, will become an Intern Assistant Principal at Mount Jordan Middle to replace Caldwell.
    Consent Agenda

    The Board of Education voted to approve the Consent Agenda, which includes the minutes from the May 21, 2019 meeting of the Canyons Board of Education; hire and termination reports; purchasing bids; student-overnight travel requests; May financial reports; approval of 2019-2020 TSSA Success Plans and CSIP addendums; the acknowledgement of the receipt of the Root-Cause Analysis Report for Diamond Ridge High; and an interlocal agreement with South Valley Sewer for the new Draper Elementary parking lot.

    Recognitions

    The following students, faculty and staff were recognized for their achievements:
    • Brighton High student Redd Owen, 5A state champion, first-singles tennis
    • Brighton High students Justin Allen and Jacob Simmons, 5A state champions, second-doubles tennis
    • Corner Canyon High Boys Track and Field, 5A state champions
    • Corner Canyon High student Van Fillinger, 5A state shot put champion
    • Corner Canyon High students Aly Milford, Kayla Milford, Paje Rasmussen and Emma Bagley, 5A state champions, 4x100 relay,
    • Corner Canyon High student Emma Bagley, 5A state champion, 100 meter hurdles 
    Evaluations for Superintendent, Business Administrator

    Board President Nancy Tingey asked the Board to provide input for the evaluations for Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe and Business Administrator Leon Wilcox. 

    Pledge of Allegiance, Inspirational Thought

    Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bob Dowdle led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.   In the inspirational thought, Dr. Dowdle recalled a moment recently when he was confronted by a peer who remarked that “public education is broken.” He said he disagreed, noting the hard work of teachers, the dedication of students, and the commitment of volunteers and business partners. Dr. Dowdle says he sees rising graduation rates, increasing scholarship numbers, and the countless artistic and athletic achievements as proof that public education is not broken.

    Patron Comment

    Canyons Education Association President Erika Bradshaw addressed the Board about the proposed salary increase for Canyons teachers.

    Midvale Middle teacher Madeline Chilcut thanked the Board for the proposed salary increase for teachers.

    Patron Paul Brooks says he supports the proposed salary increases for teachers. Brooks, a parent of students involved in robotics, addressed policies that govern activity fees and overnight student travel. He urged the Board to take into consideration the effort that students put into their projects as they decide policies that could restrict participation in competitions.

    Superintendent, Business Administrator Reports

    Dr. Briscoe congratulated the graduates of Canyons high schools and remarked on the well-run commencement ceremonies.  He also remarked on the professional development provided to administrators on social-emotional learning and restorative practices.  He thanked Wilcox and his team for building the budget.

    Wilcox thanked Accounting Director Gary Warwood for his work on the budget and expressed appreciation for the Board’s willingness to consider the items proposed in the budget. State approved Canyons’ TSSA program.

    Board Reports

    Mr. Chad Iverson reported on attending commencement exercises for Alta and Corner Canyon high schools. He said graduation day is a highlight of the year. 

    Mrs. Clareen Arnold attended Jordan High’s graduation rites and said she delighted in watching the excitement in the students’ eyes. She also discussed the District’s TSSA decision-making process. 

    Mr. Steve Wrigley said the teacher-compensation package sends a message to teachers that they are valued by the Canyons Board of Education. He also reported on attending Diamond Ridge and South Park Academy graduation ceremonies. 

    Mrs. Amber Shill reported on attending Hillcrest and Brighton graduation ceremonies and this week’s meeting of the Joint Legislative Committee.  She said she enjoyed reading the TSSA Success Plans and encouraged schools to be innovative with the funds.  She thanked the finance team for their work on the budget.

    Mrs. Amanda Oaks reported on the graduation rites at South Park Academy and Alta and Corner Canyon high schools. She urged parents to become involved in increasing student achievement via the expenditure of TSSA funds.

    Mr.  Mont Millerberg reported on attending Hillcrest and Diamond Ridge high school graduation ceremonies and the Family Literacy Center Night. He also attended the employee BBQ on Monday at the Transportation Department. He also thanked the Facilities Department for their work in minimizing the traffic impact to his neighborhood as construction crews worked on the sewer pipes at 7800 South as part of the new Midvalley Elementary project.

    President Nancy Tingey reported on speaking at South Park Academy’s graduation rites.  She thanked the employees for continuing to work on challenging tasks during the school year so school can start seamlessly in the fall.  She thanked Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kathryn McCarrie and School Performance Director Joanne Ackerman, who are both retiring, for their service to the District.  She encouraged the community to attend the July 1 Birthday Party for Canyons District, and said the Board will be doing a service activity to help CSD’s HR Department.
    Note: Recordings and documents for agenda items can be accessed via BoardDocs by clicking on the corresponding agenda items.

    Employment Contract with CAESP


    The Board of Education has reached an negotiated-contract agreement with the Canyons Association of Education Support Professionals. The compensation package represents a 5.73 percent increase in compensation for ESP in Canyons schools and central offices. In addition to funding increments steps, the District will provide a 3 percent cost-of-living increase to the base of the ESP salary schedule. The District also will pay for a $400 one-time stipend for 294 contract ESP on Step No. 9 during the 2018-2019 school year. This stipend will be paid on the Nov. 15, 2019 payroll date. Employees must be employed as of Oct. 31 to be eligible, and the stipend will be allocated according to the employee’s FTE status. Hourly employees on the top step during the 2018-2019 school year will receive a $100 one-time stipend on their Nov. 15, 2019 paycheck. Some 108 hourly FTEs will qualify. For health insurance, both parties also agree to the recommendations of the Insurance Committee. An extensive study of the ESP salary schedule and job descriptions will be done before the start of negotiations for the 2020-2021 school year. 

    CSD's Teacher Evaluation System

    The Board of Education received an update on the Canyons Teacher Effectiveness Support System (CTESS), the teacher-evaluation system required by 2012’s SB64. By law, Canyons is required to have an evaluation tool that documents student-learning growth, evidence of instructional quality, and response to stakeholder input. Since the operational field test in 2014-2015, Canyons has taken feedback from various groups, including the Board of Education, to improve the tool. Human Resources Administrator Sandra Dahl-Houlihan said an April 26, 2019 visit by the Utah State Board of Education to review CTESS yielded suggestions, such as an additional classroom observation and simplified Educator Portfolio requirements, that could be used to streamline the process. Houlihan reported that USBE feedback included positive notes about Canyon’s online evaluation system and the Data Dashboard, which she demonstrated. Each Board member also provided feedback and input.

    Midvale Elementary Progress Update

    The student-achievement trajectory of Midvale Elementary students is on the upswing on nearly every measure. The trend of growth has continued throughout the year, says Principal Chip Watts. At every grade, on DIBELS assessments, students have doubled if not tripled the benchmark scores in core subjects. In addition, the preliminary RISE assessment results, such as double-digit percentage increases of third- and fourth-grade students testing at proficient levels in mathematics, are particularly impressive. But more evaluation about the achievement levels of students will come when the Utah State Board of Education certifies the year-end tests results.  The school culture also has changed, said Watts, leading 89.5 percent of teachers to agree to return to the school for the 2019-2020 school year. The average retention rate at Midvale Elementary for the past three years has been 55 percent, he said. The school’s results on the year-end tests, as well as its adherence to a restructure and improvement plan, are vital. In February, the Utah State Board of Education voted to give the school two years to exit “turnaround” status, a designation given to the schools that had scored in the lowest 3 percent on statewide end-of-year exams, or face sanctions. 

    Proposed Budget

    Major construction projects at Alta, Brighton, and Hillcrest high schools and Midvalley Elementary, as well as remodeling and daylighting projects at 11 elementary schools, are included in the District’s proposed $292 million budget for Fiscal Year 2020. The funds to complete those construction projects come from bond issuances approved by voters in November 2017. Included in the General Fund of the proposed budget for the coming year is $13.6 million for the salary increase for teachers in Canyons District, per the approved contract with the Canyons Education Association. A tax increase of $140 on an average-priced home in the 34,000-student Canyons District will be required to generate these funds. As a result, a Truth-in-Taxation hearing will be held in August. In all, according to Business Administrator Leon Wilcox, 89 percent of the FY20 budget’s General Fund will be dedicated to paying salaries and benefits. In the budget presentation, Wilcox also noted that school lunch prices are proposed to remain the same for the 10th consecutive year. He also said that taxable assessed valuation increased from $21.8 billion in tax year 2017 to $24 billion in tax year 2018. Budget challenges include possible enrollment fluctuations, the cost of the recruitment and retainment of teachers and support staff, reductions of funding from the federal government, the inflation of construction costs, healthcare increases, and the unforeseen costs of following the new school fee laws and policies. The Board is scheduled to vote on the proposed budget and a revised FY19 budget on June 18, after the District receives the certified tax rate based on the assessed valuation of properties. 

    TSSA Framework

    The Board of Education voted to approved the framework for Canyon schools to use funds allocated through the Teacher Students and Success Act. Twenty-five percent of the District’s total allocation is being used for employee compensation. The remaining 75 percent will be distributed to schools based on average daily membership of the school.  Schools can use the funds to improve student performance. The Board also approved a policy requiring a yearly update of the Canyons framework. 

    Fee Schedules

    The Board of Education approved a fee schedule for 2019-2020 school year.  The Board also heard a report from Accounting Director Gary Warwood on the parent feedback given to schools on the proposed fee schedule. The Board of Education also approved a revised policy governing school fees. 

    Secondary School Schedule Policy

    The Board of Education approved an update to the policy governing secondary school schedules. The new language would require a three-year waiting period before a school community can seek another schedule change after going through the review process. However, new language also grants the Superintendent the discretion to appeal to the Board for an exception to the waiting period if there is demand in the community.

    Dual Language Immersion Committee

    The results of a review of the strength and sustainability of Canyons’ dual-language immersion programs is expected to be completed and given to the Board of Education this fall.  The report also will include recommendations for long-term improvement, according to Dr. Amber Roderick-Landward, Director of Canyons District’s Instructional Supports Department.  The committee — made up of parents, teachers, principals, Board members, District administrators, and four DLI specialists — reviewed enrollment, achievement and application trends; the USBE perception of CSD programs; costs of the CSD dual-language programs; and results of surveys of parents, teachers, current DLI families, and administrators.  Interest in DLI and world languages also was measured through a survey. 

    Sex Education Instruction Resources

    A committee made up of parents, teachers, administrators, members of the Board of Education, and health professionals recommended the adoption of instructional resources for human development and health education courses. The committee recommends the Board approve resources and speakers from South Valley Services and Prevent Child Abuse Utah.  They also recommend a maturation resource called “Healthy Bodies” for special education students.

    School Counseling Report

    Since the start of the school year, more Canyons students have sought help from a school counselor for social-emotional issues than those who needed help arranging class schedules. Some 20.6 percent of the 25,426 visits to a school counselor in the 2018-2019 school year were classified as “personal-social,” according to figures presented to the Board of Education. Counselors working with students on schedules accounted for 18.1 percent of all visits, and 25.2 percent of the counselor-student visits were classified as “academic.” Seven percent of visits with counselors included parents. The figures were obtained via a districtwide procedure for counseling centers to gather baseline data on the number and reasons for visits. Mental wellness and suicide prevention continues to be a focus of Canyons counselors, said School Counseling Program Specialist Tori Gillett.  Counselors also are paying close attention to cultural proficiency and closing the achievement gap, she said.

    Board Roundtable

    Board President Nancy Tingey solicited topics from Board members for an upcoming Roundtable discussion. 

    Patron Comment

    Albion Middle teacher Mary Simao invited the Board to participate in the “Girls on the Run” 5K. 

    Pledge of Allegiance, Inspirational Thought

    Cub Scouts who attend Canyon View Elementary led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Principal Kierstin Draper provided the inspirational thought.  445 students. Choir, orchestra, chess, Friday Games and hand-bell choir. 

    Recognitions


    The following students, teachers, and staff were recognized for their achievements:

    • Ten students who applied for my529 tax-reduced college-savings accounts through the Foundation.
    • Sunrise Principal Margaret Swanicke and Draper Elementary Principal Christy Waddell, Utah PTA Outstanding Administrator Award.
    • Terri Mitchell, CSD Early Childhood Administrator, Recipient, Steven J. Kukic Special Education Administrator of the Year from Utah Council of Exceptional Children.
    • Hillcrest High seniors Alexander Cheng, Emily Langie and Bryan Guo, National Merit Scholars. Alex also is the General Scholar in the Sterling Scholar Awards, and a U.S. Presidential Scholar.
    • Academic All-State recipients for spring sports.  The students, and their schools, are:

    BOYS TENNIS

    Alta — Carter Davis

    Alta — Mark Godfrey

    Brighton — Parker Watts

    Brighton — Isaac Williams

    Corner Canyon — Graden Jackson

    Hillcrest — Bryan Guo

    Hillcrest — Eric Yu

    Hillcrest — Alan Zhao

    GIRLS GOLF

    Brighton — Emma Summerhays

    Corner Canyon — Anica Coesens

    Boys Soccer

    Alta — Alex Christiansen

    Brighton — Adam Ranck

    Brighton — Alex Fankhauser

    Hillcrest — Ethan Ellsworth

    BASEBALL

    Brighton — Alexander Hansen

    SOFTBALL

    Corner Canyon — Josee Haycock

    Hillcrest — Kate Aragundi

    Hillcrest — Stephanie Aragundi

    BOYS TRACK AND FIELD

    Alta — Tavin Forsythe-Barker

    Brighton — James Fetzer

    Brighton — John Hillas

    Brighton — Adam Kimball

    Corner Canyon — Stephen Glod

    Corner Canyon — Brandon Johnson

    Corner Canyon — Peter Oldham

    GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD

    Brighton — Rebecca Urban

    Brighton — Elizabeth Walker

    Corner Canyon — Abigail Bankhead

    Corner Canyon — Karli Branch

    Corner Canyon — Vilhelmina Done

    Corner Canyon — Mikayla Kimball

    Hillcrest — Emily Liddiard

    Jordan — Erika Oldham

    Consent Agenda

    The Board of Education approved the Consent Agenda, including the minutes of the May 7, 2019 meeting of the Canyons Board of Education; hire and termination reports; purchasing bids; student overnight travel requests; April financial reports; sale of CTEC home at 8731 Monroe Street; interlocal agreement with Draper City for parking lot and road near Draper Elementary. 

    Superintendent, Business Administrator Reports

    Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe commented on the Retirees Banquet and wished the retirees much happiness and success in the next stages of their lives.

    Business Administrator Leon Wilcox  reported on recent meetings with police officials and School Resource Officers from Sandy, Draper, Cottonwood Heights and Unified Police. He also commented on attending the Retirees Banquet, and thanked retiring Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kathryn McCarrie for her years of service. 

    Board Member Reports

    Mr. Chad Iverson attended the Region 7 track meet and a music festival at Northridge High where CSD students performed. He also held a Town Hall meeting with Board member Amanda Oaks. 

    Ms. Clareen Arnold reported on attending the Retirees Banquet and noted the loss of experience and skill with each retiree. She attended a meeting at Diamond Ridge High to discuss the future of the school. She also attended the 10-year anniversary festival held at Jordan High.  She also thanked the staff and Board for the study-session discussion on CTESS.

    Mr. Steve Wrigley also commented on attending the Retirees Banquet and mentioned he delivered a crystal award to a retiree who could not attend the event. He said the year has been productive and the Board and Administration have accomplished many goals. He also suggested the Board create a way to honor students who overcome challenges to graduate high school. 

    Mrs. Amber Shill reported on attending soccer, tennis and lacrosse games and congratulated Brighton lacrosse and tennis teams second-place finishes at state competitions. She thanked Board members for their work and accomplishments throughout the school year.

    Mrs. Amanda Oaks mentioned her work on the DLI committee and mentioned an Alta High banquet at which resilient students were honored. She thanked counselors for working so hard to make sure students are on track to graduate and are provided emotional supports.

    Mr. Mont MIllerberg mentioned the Canyons Education Foundation’s efforts to provide my529 scholarships to 10 seventh-grade students. He also said he supports the social-emotional learning after seeing how the program works.  He also attended several events, including the principals’ year-end luncheon.

    President Nancy Tingey attended the state PTA convention. She also thanked the retirees for their dedication and service. She also commented on Brighton choir’s recent performance of the Brighton High hymn, which had not been performed in several years.  She thanked employees, students and parents for their work in finishing the year successfully.
    Note: Recordings and documents for agenda items can be accessed via BoardDocs by clicking on the corresponding agenda items.

    Hazardous Bus Routes


    Canyons Transportation Director Jeremy Wardle shared the results of a months-long effort to reevaluate the District’s Hazardous Bus Routes. Hazardous routes refer to busing services that the District provides to students, who, based on their proximity to school, would normally walk were it not for the absence of a safe route. The District currently spends more than $1 million to provide busing to students in 101 hazardous routes, an amount exceeded only by one of five neighboring school districts. An independent evaluator surveyed these routes, taking into account any changes in infrastructure and traffic patterns over the past six years. The evaluator documents access to sidewalks and overpasses, and notes high-traffic areas and dangerous roads crossings, and then gives each route a score. Using the same scoring matrix as used in the past, and a score of 36 as the threshold for declaring a route as hazardous, the evaluator is recommending maintaining 94 Hazardous Routes and discontinuing seven. The Board will review the evaluator’s findings and take up the matter at a future meeting.

    Administrative Appointments

    The Board of Education approved administrative appointments for the 2019-2020 school year. The appointments are:
    • Kelli Miller, currently Assistant Principal at Brighton High, will become an Assistant Principal at Alta High.
    • Marielle Rawle, an Intern Administrator at Brighton High, will become Assistant Principal at Brighton High.
    • Sara Little, Hillcrest High Assistant Principal, will become Assistant Principal at Corner Canyon High.
    • David Barrett, Assistant Principal at Draper Park Middle, will become an Assistant Principal at Corner Canyon High.
    • Quentin Linde, Assistant Principal at Corner Canyon High, will become Assistant Principal at Hillcrest High.
    • Special Assignment Administrator Stacy Kurtzhals will be become Principal of Eastmont Middle.  She replaces Charisse Hilton, who will become a Program Administrator in the CSD Responsive Services Department.
    • Matt Watts, Assistant Principal at Midvale Middle, will become Principal of Mount Jordan Middle. He replaces Cindy Hanson, who will become a Canyons School Performance Director in the central office.
    • Intern Administrator Kristana Price will become Assistant Principal at Draper Park Middle.
    • Taylor Hansen, currently Union Middle Assistant Principal, will become an Eastmont Middle Assistant Principal.
    • Brooke Rauzon, Assistant Principal at Sandy Elementary, will become an Assistant Principal at Eastmont Middle.
    • Courtney Long, an Intern Administrator, will become an Assistant Principal at Midvale Middle.
    • Sara Caldwell, a CSD Achievement Coach, will become an Assistant Principal at Mount Jordan Middle.
    • John Hellwig, an Assistant Principal at Mount Jordan Middle, will become an Assistant Principal at Union Middle.
    • Human Resources Administrator Sandra Dahl-Houlihan will become Principal at Bella Vista Elementary.
    • Cory Anderson, Principal at Bella Vista Elementary, will become Principal at Sandy Elementary.  He replaces McKay Robinson, who is a School Performance Director in the central office.
    • CSD Achievement Coach Elcena Saline will become Assistant Principal at Sandy Elementary.
    • Nate Edvalson, currently Assistant Principal at Eastmont, will become an Administrator in the Special Education Department.
    • Jordan Valley Principal Mark Donnelly will become a Canyons District Speech Language Pathologist.
    • Stacy Nofsinger, a Teacher Specialist, will become Principal of Jordan Valley School.
    • Intern Administrator Michelle Snarr will become an elementary support administrator assigned to School Performance.

    Midvale Elementary Update

    Earlier this month, the Utah State Board of Education agreed to allow Midvale Elementary to continue with a restructuring plan aimed at improving student achievement. Coupled with extra social-behavioral supports and programmatic changes, the restructuring is yielding promising results, which Principal Chip Watts detailed for the Board of Education. Winter test results show Midvale students are seeing gains in reading fluency and math with a growing percentage making typical or greater-than-typical growth. Students are attending school more regularly, and teacher retention has also improved with 87 percent of the school’s faculty members returning to teach at the school again next year. The improvements are tied to a number of changes, including allocating more resources to pay for extra teachers, school psychologists and counselors, administrators and staff. The District also has given approval for 100 percent of the students to have free lunches and breakfasts. Teachers are paying particular attention to phonics and phonemic awareness and computational skills. Midvale also has adopted a “two-teacher model,” in which two teachers share a group of students, enabling them to specialize and teach to their strengths. The schedule also opens up more time for English language arts instruction, which is important considering nearly half of Midvale’s students are English language learners.

    Water-Quality Issues

    A report to the Board of Education detailed the emergency protocols that were recently enacted at Alta High and Altara and Sunrise elementary schools in response to the water-quality issues in Sandy City. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the District lifted all water restrictions at the trio of the schools after independent water testing at the three locations showed the levels of lead, copper and iron meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s guidelines for drinking water. The testing was performed by CSD following the city’s public announcement on Friday, Feb. 15 that elevated levels of lead and copper had been detected in the city’s water system that services the neighborhoods between 10600 South and 11400 South and 700 East and 2000 East. Bottled water had been made available Tuesday at the schools, where the water lines also had been drained over the weekend. Meals also were made off-site and delivered to the schools so little water was required in the cafeterias for food preparation and cleanup. In addition, the District’s annual water-testing program at all CSD schools will begin in the coming days rather than in March, as it had been regularly scheduled.  The schools in Sandy City will be among those tested first. The Board of Education and Administration thanked the CSD Risk Management, Facilities, Nutrition Services, Purchasing and Communications Departments, as well as Principals Brian McGill, Nicole Svee-Magann and Margaret Swanicke, for working on solutions to the water-quality issues in the Sandy community. 

    Recognitions

    The following students, faculty and staff were recognized for their achievements: 
    • Alex Cheng, senior, Hillcrest High — Regeneron Science Talent Search Award winner, Coca-Cola Scholarship Regional Finalist
    • Brighton High Boys Swim Team — 5A state champions
    • Brighton Coach Todd Etherington —5A Swim Coach of the Year
    • Rachel Butler —5A Girls Swimmer of the Year, state champion in two events
    • Brighton High’s Kristen Reuter and Sandy Elementary’s Jacinda Meranda and Bethany Smith —National Board Certified Teachers
    • Corner Canyon Football Coach Eric Kjar — Recipient of Minuteman trophy, USA Today Utah Coach of the Year
    Legislative Update

    Canyons District External Affairs Director Charlie Evans and Public Engagement Coordinator Susan Edwards updated the Board of Education on the progress of education-related bills being considered by the Utah Legislature.

    Pledge of Allegiance, Posting of the Colors

    The colors were posted and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Cub Scout Troop 3575 and Boy Scout Troop 4519. The students attend Sunrise Elementary. Sunrise Principal Margaret Swanicke presented information about the school, including the vibrant father-volunteer group, called Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students), a large and well-organized PTA, and a dedicated and skilled faculty. Swanicke reported that in the past five years, Sunrise student at every grade level and in every tested subject have made double-digit increases on year-end tests.  As a Beverly Taylor Sorensen School, Sunrise also has robust arts programs, she said. 

    Patron Comments

    Patron Carly Seely spoke to the Board about the hazardous-route study and encouraged the Board to consider a bus for their Draper neighborhood.

    Jordan High parent Lori Norris spoke favorably about allowing students groups to travel outside of 425 miles for events, activities and competition. The Board is considering a student travel policy.

    Patron Jen Morris, a member of the Draper Elementary School Community Council, spoke about the petition that’s been signed by about 300 Draper residents to reconfigure and improve the parking lot at Draper Elementary.

    Consent Agenda

    The Board approved the Consent Agenda, including approval of the minutes from the Feb. 5, 2019 meeting of the Canyons Board of Education; hire and termination reports; purchasing bids; student overnight travel requests, January financial reports; and approval of home-school affidavits. 

    Corner Canyon High Moratorium

    The Board of Education is considering a proposal to lift a five-year enrollment moratorium at Corner Canyon High, where a 24-classroom addition is being constructed as part of the projects promised to the community as part of the 2017 bond for $283 million. Districts can place schools on moratorium status if enrollment projections place them above the open-enrollment threshold. State statute defines that as being the greater of 90 percent of maximum school capacity or maximum capacity minus 40 students.  When schools are on moratorium status, they do not accept Standard Open Enrollment Applications from out-of-boundary students.  The Board will continue to review the proposal.

    Policy Updates

    Assistant Legal Counsel Jeff Christensen presented proposed changes to policies governing Board-approved Summer Programs; Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems; and Life Dignity Orders. The Board approved the changes to the policies.  The Board also is considering changes to a policy regarding student overnight travel.

    Superintendent, Business

    Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe remarked on attending the final Hillcrest boys’ hoops game to be played in the Arts Hughes Gymnasium before it’s torn down to make way for the school’s rebuild. At the request of President Tingey, the Superintendent reported on the Friday, Feb. 15 make-up day for the Wednesday, Feb. 6 Snow Day.  Enrollment figures show 16 percent of Canyons students did not attend school on the makeup day. He said CTEC and Alta High students represented the District well at the Tuesday, Feb. 19 District Day on the Hill at the State Capitol.  He thanked the District’s external-affairs team for their hard work during the legislative session.

    Business Administrator Leon Wilcox thanked the Draper Elementary parents for presenting information about the pending improvements to the parking lot. He said the District will soon meet with city officials about the site. He also said the LDS Church is allowing District staff and patrons to park at the ward house during construction of CAB-East.  He thanked Utah Sen. Kathleen Riebe for her support of Canyons District and public education.

    Board Reports

    Mr. Chad Iverson reported on attending various school events and joked about predicting another Snow Day by the end of the winter season.  

    Mrs. Clareen Arnold thanked the custodians for clearing campuses of snow and ice and encouraged participation in Parent-Teacher Conference.

    Mr. Steve Wrigley thanked the Office of Public Communication for updating the Board on recent events, including the water-quality issues in Sandy City. 

    Mrs. Amber Shill reported on attending meetings of the Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Utah High School Activities Association Board, and the Brighton High School Community Council.  She said she enjoyed her time at the Utah State Capitol during the 45-day Utah legislative session.

    Mrs. Amanda Oaks attended the District DLI committee meeting, SCC meetings for Corner Canyon High and Indian Hills Middle, and the Legislative Day on the Hill.  She thanked Riebe for her attendance and hard work at the legislature.

    Mr. Mont Millerberg thanked patrons for coming to Board meeting to discuss important issues. He also remarked on attending the final boys’ basketball game played at the Art Hughes Gymnasium. He also reported on attending the Utah State Board of Education at which the state board discussed Midvale Elementary’s restructure plan for improvement. 

    President Nancy Tingey mentioned attending the final girls’ hoops game to be played at Hillcrest’s Art Hughes Gymnasium and Hillcrest’s Renaissance Feast, a fund-raiser for Husky performing arts programs. She also thanked the staff for their work in the past few weeks, be it for the Snow Day or the action plan for the water-quality issues in Sandy City.
    Canyons District is pleased to announce new leadership appointments, which were approved by the Board of Education on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.  The appointments are for the coming school year. The appointments are:
    • Kelli Miller, currently Assistant Principal at Brighton High, will become an Assistant Principal at Alta High.
    • Marielle Rawle, an Intern Administrator at Brighton High, will become Assistant Principal at Brighton High.
    • Sara Little, Hillcrest High Assistant Principal, will become Assistant Principal at Corner Canyon High.
    • David Barrett, Assistant Principal at Draper Park Middle, will become an Assistant Principal at Corner Canyon High.
    • Quentin Linde, Assistant Principal at Corner Canyon High, will become Assistant Principal at Hillcrest High.
    • Special Assignment Administrator Stacy Kurtzhals will be become Principal of Eastmont Middle.  She replaces Charisse Hilton, who will become a Program Administrator in the CSD Responsive Services Department.
    • Matt Watts, Assistant Principal at Midvale Middle, will become Principal of Mount Jordan Middle.  He replaces Cindy Hanson, who will become a Canyons School Performance Director in the central office.
    • Intern Administrator Kristana Price will become Assistant Principal at Draper Park Middle.
    • Taylor Hansen, currently Union Middle Assistant Principal, will become an Eastmont Middle Assistant Principal.
    • Brooke Rauzon, Assistant Principal at Sandy Elementary, will become an Assistant Principal at Eastmont Middle.
    • Courtney Long, an Intern Administrator, will become an Assistant Principal at Midvale Middle.
    • Sara Caldwell, a CSD Achievement Coach, will become an Assistant Principal at Mount Jordan Middle.
    • John Hellwig, an Assistant Principal at Mount Jordan Middle, will become an Assistant Principal at Union Middle.
    • Human Resources Administrator Sandra Dahl-Houlihan will become Principal at Bella Vista Elementary.
    • Cory Anderson, Principal at Bella Vista Elementary, will become Principal at Sandy Elementary.  He replaces McKay Robinson, who will become a School Performance Director in the central office.
    • CSD Achievement Coach Elcena Saline will become Assistant Principal at Sandy Elementary.
    • Nate Edvalson, currently Assistant Principal at Eastmont, will become an Administrator in the Special Education Department.
    • Jordan Valley Principal Mark Donnelly will become a Canyons District Speech Language Pathologist.
    • Stacy Nofsinger, a Teacher Specialist, will become Principal of Jordan Valley School.
    • Intern Administrator Michelle Snarr will become an elementary support administrator assigned to School Performance.
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