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Gradebook for Standards-Based Practices and Guidelines

The Board of Education heard an update on the pilot of the software MasteryConnect. The pilot was done as part of an initiative by the Canyons District Instructional Supports Department to adopt a gradebook that will support standards-based grading practices and guidelines. The options being considered are MasteryConnect and a gradebook in Skyward, a system now used by CSD to manage student data and employee information. Some 136 teachers volunteered to track student progress on MasteryConnect this fall as part of the pilot program, which included several training sessions and ongoing support. Parents of students in the participating teachers’ classes were provided access to the gradebook so they could track student progress. The Board also received the results of a survey of teachers and parents about the platform’s usability. Board members asked ISD Director Dr. Amber Roderick-Landward and her team to provide more information, including additional feedback from faculty, parents and principals. 

Long-Range Planning Issues

The Board of Education examined issues that are among the pressing issues of the District’s Long-Range Planning Committee. Business Administrator Leon Wilcox presented scheduling options for the remaining bond projects, suggested project-financing ideas to continue the District’s ambitious construction schedule, addressed remaining questions about the White City-area school that will be rebuilt as part of the bond projects, and discussed permanent-location possibilities for Diamond Ridge High, Entrada and the Canyons Youth Academy. Wilcox told the Board that economic factors outside of the District’s control — the tariffs on steel, the tight job market, the high cost of supplies — have increased costs about 30 percent on the current projects. Those include the rebuilds of Hillcrest and Brighton high schools and Midvalley Elementary, as well as a major renovation of Alta High. Wilcox said one option is to use General Fund money on an extended timeline to complete the remaining projects. Suggestions that could help maintain or accelerate the District’s construction plans included the issuance of lease-revenue bonds and the sale of property Canyons owns to pay for construction, including a new school in the White City area. Wilcox also said administration recommends CSD consolidate the White City-area elementary schools Bell View and Edgemont to create a school with roughly 670 students, mirroring the enrollment of other nearby Canyons elementary school. The proposal calls for a new school to be built on the Edgemont campus, and then the Bell View building would then house Diamond Ridge High, Entrada and other alternative-education and student-support programs. The Board asked the Administration to provide additional information for further review.  

Tax Reform Report

Wilcox presented a report on the state’s ongoing tax reform effort and how it could impact public education as a whole and Canyons District specifically.
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Academic Indicators

Canyons District’s graduation rate continues to tick upward. According to preliminary data presented by Research and Assessment Director Dr. Hal Sanderson, the percentage of high school seniors who earned enough credits to walk across the commencement stage in 2019 reached 90 percent, a 1 percent increase from the previous year and a 7 percent jump in five years. Canyons students at every tested grade level also are outpacing their peers across the state on year-end assessments in science, mathematics and English Language Arts, Sanderson told the Board of Education. In addition, high school juniors outscored their counterparts on the ACT, the most commonly used college-entrance exam. The District also has started discussing how to best provide supports to third-grade classes. Scores on year-end tests of third-grade students, which are still higher that the average statewide score, dipped slightly in core subjects.

Union Middle Update

The Canyons Board of Education on Tuesday voted to seek a waiver from the Utah State Board of Education requirement that students must be in school for at least 180 days. The days-in-school waiver would apply to students at Union Middle, who have been attending class on split sessions in ground-floor classrooms and meeting spaces since the days following an Oct. 24 electrical fire. To allow for a thorough cleaning of the building of smoke and soot, the school will continue to operate on its current schedule – morning and afternoon session of four 50-minute classes — until after the Thanksgiving Recess. However, that means that Union Middle will fall short of mandatory school days because a day can only be counted if students are at school for at least four hours. In all, even though students have been attending school, Canyons must seek a waiver for 24 days. While students also must be provided at least 990 hours of instruction, Principal Kelly Tauteoli has created a plan to make up the 30-hour shortfall of instructional hours, including shortening the passing time and lunch period, starting school 15 minutes earlier for all of the late-start Fridays in 2020, and cancelling some late-starts Fridays.   The Board thanked Tauteoli, her administrative team, the teachers, and the staff for their efforts. 

Turnaround School Update

Midvale Elementary is making steady progress one year into a restructuring to improve teaching and learning and increase social-emotional supports at the Title I school. Teacher turnover remains low and staff and faculty continue with an academic and behavioral supports plan which, according to testing data, has yielded measurable results, said Midvale Elementary Principal Chip Watts. The school last year realized a 6 percent gain in the number of students to reach proficiency in English language arts, according to newly released RISE data. In math, the number of students to reach proficiency grew by 13 percent, and in science by 8 percent, RISE data show. Benchmark testing this fall shows students have retained what they learned and continue to make progress toward the school’s achievement goals. Strategies to reinforce life skills have greatly improved the school climate, Watts said. Due to the mobility of the families in the area, about six students exit the school per week on average and eight new students enroll. Yet Watts said students this year are more easily relating with one another and learning important skills, such as how to persevere through tough problems. Tardies, which declined significantly last year, have stabilized and absences continue to drop. Serious office discipline referrals also are down. Watts is concerned about what cuts in federal Title I funding mean for the school as it works to sustain achievement, but says, he and his faculty are encouraged by the growth they are seeing and what it means for students and their families.

Utah College Application Week

Jordan High students Sophia Gaona and Rose Briones told the Board about the ways that UCAW aided them in the drive to obtain post-secondary education. They were among the 2,115 CSD students who completed at least one application during the sixth-annual districtwide UCAW, said Tori Gillett, School Counseling Program Specialist. The Canyons Education Foundation also covered $6,730 in application fees for low-income students. The Foundation, the fund-raising arm of CSD, pledged up to $10,000 to help students during the college-application initiative. 

Vision, Mission and Indicators

The Board of Education’s Vision, Mission, and Indicators Committee recommends adding three Social Emotional Learning indicators as part of the overall mission of the District. If eventually approved, the Board would ask for yearly SEL-related information on student attendance, Office Discipline Referrals and the responses to a School Climate Survey of fifth-, seventh- and ninth-grade students. The committee also reported on the review of strategies implemented by the administration to achieve the academic targets set by the Board in 2016.  The committee identified strategic approaches that provide for sustainable improvement and discussed possible next steps for this work of the Board. The committee also sought input on whether the Board would like to establish new targets once a report about the status of the 2020 achievement goals is presented. 

Curriculum Proposals

Instructional Supports Director Dr. Amber Roderick-Landward updated the Board on proposed new curricula and the adoption process the administration will follow. In addition, starting this year, in the month before the Winter Recess, parents will be able to review and provide input on curriculum that is being considered for adoption in CSD schools. Parents will be able to read an online overview of the proposed curricula, as well as view hard copies of the materials at each school or at the Canyons District Offices reception areas. Parents will be notified via the website, newsletters, social media, as well as other targeted communications. This year, the District is proposing to adopt for use in fall 2020 a new elementary science curriculum, health-instruction materials for secondary schools, and biology and earth science curriculum. 

Calendar Committee

A guideline by which Canyons District’s Calendar Committee operates has been slightly changed to accommodate a Board of Education decision to give the District more flexibility to determine a make-up day in the event of an emergency closure. The guideline now reads: “School emergency closure days will be made up first on Presidents’ Day, and the Board reserves the right to meet to determine a secondary date.” The Board also approved tentative 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school year calendars.


The following were recognized for their achievements and efforts:
  • First responders from Sandy City and Canyons District whose efforts contained the electrical fire at Union Middle
  • Students at Alta, Brighton, Hillcrest, Corner Canyon and Jordan high schools who earned Academic All-State honors in fall sports sanctioned by the Utah High School Activities Association
  • Alta High Student Body Officers Gabe Crestani and Bronson Adams, winners of the UHSAA’s 5A statewide sportsmanship video contest. 
  • Corner Canyon High boys cross country team, 6A state champions
Board President Nancy Tingey also read a resolution in favor of the Nov. 20, 2019 Education Support Professionals Day. 

Policy Update

The Board modified the policy and framework governing allocations from the Teacher and Student Success Act. The new language allows for individual schools to amend a teacher and student success plan and receive Board approval for the amendment to the plan. 

Portrait of a Graduate

Dr. Roderick-Landward and Director of Responsive Services BJ Weller presented information about the Utah State Board of Education’s Portrait of a Graduate, which identifies the ideal characteristics of graduate after going through the K-12 public-school system in Utah. The Board will consider whether Canyons wants to create its own portrait. 

Pledge of Allegiance, Inspirational Thought

The American and state flags were presented by Cub Scouts who attend Brookwood Elementary.  The students also led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Principal Corrie Barrett told the Board about the social-emotional learning efforts at the school, including the addition of a full-time counselor. Parent involvement is strong at Brookwood, she said, as evidenced by the 5,832 volunteer hours counted at the school last year. Barrett also thanked the Board for the Front Office remodel, which includes enhanced safety measures, and the daylighting projects throughout the building.  

Consent Agenda

The Board of Education approved the Consent Agenda, including the minutes of the Oct. 15, 2019 minutes of the Canyons Board of Education; hire and termination reports; purchasing bids; student overnight travel requests; October financial reports; a Memorandum of Understanding with Alpine District for busing services to the Suncrest subdivision; and a LAND Trust plan amendment for Midvalley Elementary School.   

LAND Trust

The Board received a final LAND Trust Report from School Performance Director Alice Peck and Public Engagement Coordinator Susan Edwards. 

Patron Comment

Jen Morris thanked the Board of Education for approving a project to improve the parking lot at Draper Elementary. She also noted some of the traffic issues that will impact the community .  

Superintendent, Business Administrator Reports

Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe thanked Union Middle Principal Kelly Tauteoli, Risk Management Coordinator Kevin Ray, School Performance Director Cindy Hanson, and the CSD communications staff for working so hard on the Union Middle mitigation and community-outreach effort. He noted the importance of Nov. 20 ESP Day and reported on attending Ridgecrest Elementary’s Veterans Day celebration.  He also attended Brighton High’s musical, “Catch Me If You Can,” and a civil-rights review at Hillcrest High. 

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox thanked the Insurance Department for spearheading this year's health insurance Open Enrollment period. Wilcox also thanked the Union Middle staff, especially the custodial crew, for their hard work. He also expressed appreciation for Canyons' Education Support Professionals association leaders, who were in attendance at Board meeting.

Board Meeting Reports

Ms. Clareen Arnold reported on attending a conference at which she learned social-emotional learning strategies and relationship-building activities. She thanked the high schools who invited the Board members to musicals, the ESP employees who work hard every day to keep schools running, and her fellow Board members for engaging in productive discussions about vital topics.

Mr. Steve Wrigley mentioned attending Sandy Chamber of Commerce’s Titan Awards, reported on tours of construction projects at Brighton, Alta and Hillcrest high schools, and participating in a school safety conference.

Ms. Amber Shill thanked ESP employees and noted that the ESP union leadership attended the meeting.  She reported on the Town Hall held with President Tingey, the Student Advisory Council meeting at Brighton High, and Butler Middle’s Reality Town, as well as Hillcrest’s UCAW event. She also congratulated the Brighton High football team, headed by a new coach, on a successful season.

Ms. Amanda Oaks said the support staff makes such a difference in the lives of students and the culture of schools. She reported on attending the Innovation Grant-giving day of the Canyons Education Foundation and the pre-competition field show exhibition of the Alta High Marching Band. She also thanked the District for working on the parking lot at Draper Elementary. 

Mr. Mont Millerberg thanked Rep. Suzanne Harrison, D-Sandy, for attending the Board meeting and supporting Canyons programs. He reported on the Foundation's Innovation Grant selection process, a donation project of the Assistance League at Midvale Elementary, the Midvale Turn-around Meeting, and Midvale’s Math Night. He thanked all those who responded to the Union Middle fire, as well as the community’s veterans for their sacrifices. 

President Tingey attended the Quail Hollow Elementary Veterans Day celebration. She wondered if the honored guests looked at the school children at the school and thought, “This is what I did it for.” 
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Utah College Application Week  

The Canyons Education Foundation continues to support Canyons’ 7th annual Utah College Application Week, a time set aside to encourage every high school senior to complete and submit at least one viable college application. Canyons high schools are holding the UCAW-related events throughout October. The Foundation Board and Development Officer Denise Haycock presented a check for $10,000 to help low-income students pay applicable college-application fees during UCAW, held in collaboration with the Utah System of Higher Education. The CSD Foundation is able to provide this kind of assistance through the generosity of those who support donation drives and events such as the Foundation’s 10th annual golf tournament, held Sept. 18 at Wasatch Mountain State Park, which raised an estimated $80,000. All money raised by the Foundation is used to support the vision and mission of Canyons District.

Utah Tax Reform

Utah Rep. Robert Spendlove, R-Sandy, presented information to the Board of Education on proposed tax reform measures in Utah, which could impact how education is funded. However, allowing income taxes to be spent on anything but education – either K-12 or higher education – would require the voters allow an amendment to the state constitution. Utah legislators studying the state’s revenue structure, now eight decades old, are putting on the table possible avenues to collect funds necessary to operate the government and provide services. Spendlove pointed out that technology has impacted purchasing habits. In turn, that impacts the amount of money governments can collect. For example, goods bought online bypass the system that relies on local stores selling items, charging a tax at the point of purchase, then passing those funds to the state. The Utah Legislature’s Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force recently completed a series of Town Hall meetings around Utah to gather public input how the state collects money through sales, property, and income taxes, as well as other funding mechanisms. Spendlove said Utah leaders are studying how other states are reforming tax structure, and will continue to gather feedback from constituents and local governmental bodies such as school boards.

Dual Language Immersion Policy

Recommendations about the future of District’s Dual Language Immersion programs are expected to be presented to the Board of Education in the next few months, according to Dr. Amber Roderick-Landward, Director of CSD’s Instructional Supports Department. A committee of teachers, administrators, parents, principals, and ISD specialists examining how to build on the strengths of the DLI programs has been busy collecting student participation, enrollment, and achievement data; administering stakeholder surveys; and reviewing costs. Among the findings: attrition increases exponentially at the secondary level; current offerings are not meeting the demand; families are satisfied with their DLI-program experiences; students in DLI programs are meeting learning benchmarks in core areas; and students are meeting language proficiency targets at greater rates in elementary than secondary. The research also showed that DLI start-up costs are significantly higher than any other content or extracurricular activity. Roderick-Landward said the committee’s review has shown needs in five categories: communication, teacher quality, curriculum and resources, impact on the school and language proficiency. The committee, led by Roderick-Landward, also is looking at the impacts to the current overall system and potential costs. 

Small Capital Facilities Update

The Facilities Services Departments seeks to advance small capital facilities projects so work can be started in late spring or immediately after the school year ends. The department proposes to design projects from October to December, solicit bids from December to February, and seek Board of Education approval from February to April. This summer, daylighting projects are scheduled to be done at seven elementary schools. When done, all 18 natural-light projects promised to the public at the passage of the November 2017 bond will have been completed. Work is expected to continue on the parking lot at Draper Elementary and the flooring at Jordan High. In addition, in the coming year, the District would like to replace roofs at the central office and Jordan High, stucco at the central office, and irrigation system at Draper Elementary, a drainage system at Lone Peak Elementary, and relocate the relatively new Midvalley Elementary playground equipment to another school. Midvalley will receive new equipment as part of the school’s rebuild. Possible projects for future years also were presented.

Secondary Parent-Teacher Conference

The Board of Education will work with the District Administration on a survey of School Community Councils and school-based administrators to gauge interest in adopting new structures for Parent-Teacher Conferences at middle schools and high schools. This is in response to the decreasing participating rate in secondary schools. At high schools, the rate dropped from 23.64 percent in 2017 to 22.19 in 2019. Average middle school participation at the fall conference was 53 percent in 2018 and 49.55 percent in 2019. A committee studying how to make the conferences more effective suggests that, instead of solely holding the traditional “open house” model, teachers also be asked to reach out and set up appointments with parents of struggling students. The committee also suggests that schools hold classes to inform parents about the rules, policies, procedures of the school; schedule two compensatory days during the calendar year; plan elementary and secondary fall conferences in separate weeks; and allow flexibility for principals and staff to tailor events according to site needs.

USBA’s Master Board Designation

Board member Mont Millerberg presented information about the Utah School Boards Association’s Master Board Award Program, created to help schools boards become more effective governing bodies and advocates for their constituents and public education. The program, which Board members, Superintendent Briscoe, and Business Administrator Leon Wilcox indicated they would do, is designed for members of school boards to annually complete sections on strategic learning, continuing education, professional improvement, and advanced development.  

Policy Updates

The Board of Education approved updates to the policies and school-level guidelines governing electronic devices at schools and the acceptable use of the technology network. The Board also is considering  an update to the policy and framework governing the Teacher and Student Success Act.


Office of Planning and Enrollment Director Dr. Floyd Stensrud provided an update to the Board about the approved 2020-2021 school year calendar and the tentative 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school year calendars. Survey responses regarding future potential Snow Days were presented, as well.  


The following students and faculty were recognized by the Board of Education for their achievements:
  • Kathy Bitner, Draper Park Middle counselor, who was named Utah Counselor of the Year by the Utah School Counselor Association
  • Students from Brighton, Corner Canyon, Jordan and Hillcrest for being named semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition.
Flag Presentation, Inspirational Thoughts

The Brighton High Accadians presented the American and state flags and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Principal Tom Sherwood spotlighted Brighton High successes, including new AP capstone program, one of eight in the state among Utah public schools.  Brighton, now being rebuilt with funds from the $283 million bond approved by voters in 2017,  also is experiencing success in DLI. The French-English DLI AP pass rate was 83 percent, and the Mandarin Chinese-English pass rate was 63 percent, the second-highest in Utah. He thanked the school community members for their patience and cooperation during the school’s construction, expected to be completed in 2021. 

Consent Agenda

The Board of Education approved the Consent Agenda, including the minutes from the Oct. 1, 2019 meeting of the Board of Education; hire and termination reports; purchasing bids; student overnight travel requests; September Financial Reports;  2019-2020 Utah Grant Application; TSSP Amendments for Draper, East Midvale and Sunrise elementary schools; approval of new Canyons Foundation Board member and president-elect; and the approval of the interlocal agreement with Unified Police for school resource officers. 

Patron Comment

Parent Patrick Wright expressed concerns about the operations and protocols of a special-education program for students with behavioral issues that is housed at Jordan Valley, Canyons’ school for children with severe disabilities.

Superintendent, Business Administrator Reports

Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe wished the Canyons community a safe and relaxing Fall Recess, Oct. 17-18. 

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox noted the Oct. 1 enrollment report, which shows CSD has record number of students. Enrollment at most CSD high schools is on the upswing but the District administration is carefully watching the minor decreases at elementary schools. 

Board Member Reports

Mr. Mont Millerberg reported on the grant-review process for the Foundation’s Innovation Grants, which are funded with donations earned at events such as the 10th annual golf tournament on Sept. 18. He also thanked staff members for the planning and executing the recent School Community Council trainings. 

Mrs. Amber Shill expressed appreciation to those who helped conduct the SCC trainings.  She attended Monday’s tours of construction sites at Brighton and Hillcrest high schools, projects being completed with funds from the voter-approved $283 million bond.  It’s been a community effort to graciously handle the inconveniences of the construction site, she said.

Mr. Steve Wrigley noted the success of the SCC trainings and the work that is being done in District committees that have been meeting throughout the month.

Mr. Chad Iverson said the enrollment report will be helpful as the Long Range Planning Committee continues to study the needs of the District.  He also reported on a recent Town Hall meeting he held with fellow Board member Amanda Oaks. He also said he attended cross country races, marching band competitions, football games, and musical performances. 

President Nancy Tingey thanked those who participated in SCC trainings. She invited the community to an Oct. 22 Town Hall meeting she is holding with Mr. Wrigley at Eastmont Middle and a Nov. 6 meeting at Albion Middle with Mrs. Shill.  She thanked Cottonwood Heights for honoring the Teacher of the Year in the city’s schools.   
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Brighton High Marching Band

The Board of Education approved a proposal by the Brighton Bengals to start a marching band — an idea that is supported by 99 percent of Brighton parents. Brighton High is experiencing a uptick in participation in instrumental music, and Principal Tom Sherwood said the community has responded positively to the performances of the school band at recent public events. To aid in the launch of the new marching band, the Board approved an investment of $296,000 to purchase and maintain instruments, uniforms, and equipment. The band is expected to begin in the 2020-2021 school year. Brighton will join the Alta as the only two schools in Canyons with marching bands. 

The New Canyons District Office

Crews are expected to complete work at the new Canyons District Office by the end of October, Business Administrator Leon Wilcox said. The construction of the addition at the District Office at 9361 S. 300 East was funded primarily by the sale of land and a District-owned facility at 9150 S. 500 West. When complete, all but two of  Canyons District’s administrative departments — Facilities Services and Transportation — will be housed at one centrally located campus. Wilcox said carpet is now being installed in the new wing, and the security and fire systems have passed inspection. Work on the parking lot improvements have already started and will continue for the next few months. Patrons and employees will be informed about the opening of the new building through a series of mailers and newsletters. The Office of Public Communications is designing new maps of the new Canyons District Office and also will plan an Open House of the new offices on Oct. 31. As children trick-or-treat, the public and employees can tour the building. Other tours for the Board and school administrators also will be held.   

Brain Booster Update

A survey of Canyons elementary school principals indicates strong support of the Brain Booster program, which provides for technology, physical education or art instruction while classroom teachers plan and collaborate. On average, CSD elementary schools allocate 20 hours to the Brain Boosters. In the survey, principals said media technicians were not allocated enough hours to do both their day-to-day tasks and Brain Booster instruction, and also suggested that salaries for all Brain Booster positions be increased to keep and attract qualified employees. In addition, survey results indicated a need for Brain Booster-teacher training in student-behavior management. School Performance Directors McKay Robinson and Alice Peck will review each schools’ use of the Brain Booster employee hours, address the media technician workload concern, and continue conversations with Beverley Taylor Sorensen arts specialists regarding workload and how to promote more collaboration with classroom teachers.

District Calendar Update

Office of Planning and Enrollment Director Dr. Floyd Stensrud provided an update to the Board about the 2020-2021 school year calendar and the tentative 2021-2022 and 2022-2023  school year calendars. In addition, he said, Presidents Day is the preferred day of teachers for a make-up day in the event of a Snow Day in future years, according to a survey of certificated CSD employees.The second most-popular option is the day after the last scheduled day of the school year, according to the survey. Respondents also suggested having late-start days instead of Snow Days, holding school electronically, or building a Snow Day into the calendar that, if not used, could be a teacher-preparation day. The Board also discussed leaving the policy as is — with Presidents Day as the No. 1 option as a make-up day — with the understanding that an emergency meeting could be held if the Snow Day happens close to or after Presidents Day. 

Student Advisory Council

The Board of Education empaneled the 2019-2020 Student Advisory Council, made up of representatives from all five of Canyons’ traditional high schools. This is the seventh group organized to advise the Board of Education on proposals that would affect students.  The formation of the group also creates a formal link students can access if they have concerns about policies or practices of the schools. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bob Dowdle meets regularly with the council to discuss education-related issues and provide leadership training. 


The following students, faculty and staff were recognized by the Board of Education for their achievements:
  • Butler Elementary Principal Jeff Nalwalker and students Aggy Deagle, Liv Deagle, Evelyn Fisher, Annabelle Cheney for encouraging the District to adopt more eco-friendly lunch trays.
  • Entrada High School’s Stephanie Nicolaides, who was named 2019 Adult Education Educator of the Year by the Utah Association for Adult, Community and Continuing Education.
  • Mike Sirois, School Performance Director and a founding administrator of Canyons District, for his years of service. Sirois is retiring this week.
Long-Range Planning, Meeting Schedule

President Nancy Tingey and Board members Chad Iverson and Mont Millerberg updated the Board on the progress of the District’s Long Range Planning Committee. In particular, the Board discussed the size, acreage, enrollment and condition of White City-area schools Bell View and Edgemont. The public was promised a new White City-area elementary school at the November 2017 passage of a $283 million bond. The Board also discussed Dr. Briscoe’s proposal to hold a Tuesday, Nov. 19 study session to review teacher and parent feedback on a pilot program of Mastery Connect, a software the CSD Instructional Supports Department would like to use to facilitate a standards-based gradebook for elementary schools. In addition, the Board will adjust the Board’s meeting schedule to accommodate a roundtable discussion on Aug. 4, 2020 instead of June 23, 2020.

Consent Agenda

The Board of Education approved the Consent Agenda, which includes hire and termination reports; student overnight travel requests; an interlocal agreement with Sandy City for school resource officers; and a TSSP amendment for Peruvian Park Elementary. 

Pledge of Allegiance, Inspirational thought

The American and the state flags were posted by students at Bella Vista Elementary. Principal Sandra Dahl-Houlihan thanked the Board for the opportunity serve as the instructional leader at the Cottonwood Heights-area school. At Bella Vista, she said, every Tuesday is “Tiger Tuesday,” a time set aside to recognize students for positive behavior. Dahl-Houlihan reports that 14 percent of Bella Vista Tigers receive special education services. Twenty-six percent are low income and 10 percent are English Language Learners, she said. The school also has three preschool classes, two ABS units, and an Supplemental Hours of Kindergarten Instruction class. Dahl-Houlihan said the school enjoys a tremendous amount of community and parent support.

New Housing Complex Issue

The Board of Education continues to review a proposal to include a 120-unit apartment complex at Highland Drive and Traverse Ridge in Draper Elementary's boundaries. The Board asked the Administration to follow applicable state law regarding public notification. 

Policy Updates

The Board approved changes to policies governing fiscal accountability and school fundraisers and the solicitation of schools by vendors. The Board continues to review policies regarding the acceptable use of technology at school, including personal electronic devices.

Superintendent, Business Administrator Report

For National Custodian Day, Superintendent Dr. Briscoe thanked custodial and maintenance employees for all of their efforts. He also lauded the additional staff and Board member work that has been done on various Canyons District committees. 

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox said all 24 classrooms in the new wing at Corner Canyon are open and being used by students and teachers. The portables at the school will soon be removed. The first phase of Draper Elementary’s parking lot is complete, he said.  The next phase will be undertaken in the summer. Wilcox also thanked teachers for their efforts during Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Board of Education Reports

Mr. Mont Millerberg said he was touched at the letters of appreciation sent to the Board by several winners of the 2019 Apex Awards. He congratulated Brighton High on its successful proposal to start a marching band, and wished teachers and students good luck as they begin the program. He also thanked the Butler Elementary students who asked CSD to consider using eco-friendly lunchroom trays in Canyons schools. 

Mrs. Amanda Oaks said she enjoyed attending the 10th annual golf tournament of the Canyons Education Foundation. She said she visited the District’s Costume Warehouse, and expressed appreciation to teachers for their work during Parent-Teacher Conferences. She noted the positive impacts of the completion of the Corner Canyon classroom wing and the parking lot at Draper Elementary.

Mr. Steve Wrigley expressed appreciation to his fellow Board members.  He said his service on the Board adds to his life in a positive way.

Mrs. Clareen Arnold remarked on the meetings that have been held to discuss various initiatives, including CTESS. She lauded teachers for their work during Parent-Teacher Conferences, and expressed appreciation for Canyons custodians.

Mr.  Chad Iverson attended football games and cross country meets and asked President Tingey for a future discussion among Board members about coach and adviser compensation. 

President Tingey thanked District specialists for updating the Board on important issues and noted the start of School Community Council training meetings.  The aim is to provide training for every SCC member in Canyons District.
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Update on Canyons Transition Academy

The aim of the Canyons Transition Academy, which was started in 2009 for 18- to 22-year-old special education students, is to help the men and women in the program gain the skills necessary to live independently. Special Education Program Administrator Nate Edvalson told the Board of Education that 62 students are enrolled in the 2019-2020 program, currently housed in the Canyons Administration Building-East. The academy is for students with a certificate of completion from their high school and whose senior class has already graduated. During classes, led by five special education teachers and 24 paraeducators, students learn social-, time- and money-management skills, self-advocacy, home living, and computer technology. In addition, he said, such companies as Wal-Mart, O.C. Tanner and Larry H. Miller Automotive Centers, among several others, partner with the program so students can obtain vocational experience. Edvalson also said a recent Open House for parents was well-attended.  Members of the Board and Special Education staff members engaged in a dialogue about programmatic and facility issues. 

Emergency Preparedness Committee Update

The Board of Education heard a report on the work done by the Emergency Preparedness Committee, chaired by Risk Management Coordinator Kevin Ray. The committee was formed in 2016 to update the District’s Incident Command Manual, which had not been updated since 2011. Since then, the committee has updated the manual, streamlined emergency communications, built plans to respond to emergencies, and created a monthly drill schedule for schools. An awards program for schools that conduct all the required monthly drills also has been created. The major initiatives of the committee for the coming school year include a districtwide implementation of the DIR-S mobile app, a study of locks that should be installed in classroom doors as new schools are built and renovated, and an update to the Incident Command Manual that will include sections regarding support services in the event of a trauma. 

MasteryConnect Pilot

Some 200 teachers have volunteered to learn more about MasteryConnect, a software that could facilitate a standards-based gradebook for elementary schools. According to Instructional Supports Program Administrator Kenna Sorensen, once the teachers participate in a training, they can signal whether they would like to continue in the pilot. The first training will be held on Sept. 5. After teachers receive training, they’ll be asked to use MasteryConnect to track student progress. Information on the pilot would then be provided to parents during the September Parent-Teacher Conferences. On Oct. 1, the Parent Platform would go live. Feedback would be solicited for an another presentation for the Board in November.

Required Trainings

In two separate presentations, the Board of Education was provided required trainings on Utah’s Open Meeting laws and the laws and practices related to Utah’s School Community Councils. Canyons District’s Legal Services Director and General Counsel Daniel Harper presented the information on the open meeting laws and Public Engagement Coordinator Susan Edwards provided the information on SCCs.

Pledge of Allegiance, Inspirational Thought

Alta High student leaders presented the American and state flags and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Alta High Principal Dr. Brian McGill thanked the student government for attending and participating in the meeting and expressed appreciation for several of his teachers and mentors who guided him in his academic journey. Alta kicked off the year by winning $500 from the Canyons Education Foundation in a spirit competition against other CSD schools.  He said the money will be used to support Alta’s social-emotional learning initiatives. McGill said 112 students over three co-horts of the unique-to-Alta early-college Step2theU program have saved a combined $1.7 million in university tuition as a result of participation in the classes. The school, which counts about 2,300 students, also has high numbers of student who display college- and career-readiness, he said. The school also closed the gap in the number of minority students who are participating in college-ready activities such as Advanced Placement classes. McGill also said the administration has focused on bolstering the culture and climate of the school so all students feel welcome. McGill ahanked the Board for the renovations and upgrades that are being done at 41-year-old Alta, thanks to the voter-approved $283 million bond. 


The following were recognized by the Board of Education for their achievements: 
  • Josephine Garrett, a student at Draper Park Middle, for winning a National Reflections Award of Merit
  • Brett Rosen, Brighton High soccer coach, for being named by the United Soccer Coaches Association as the Boys Small Public School Coach of the Year
  • David Morrill, a teacher at Jordan High, for being named one of five Utah finalists for the 2019 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Patron Comments

Patron Heather Watson asked the Board to revisit the transportation guidelines and consider extending transportation to secondary students who, as a result of state rules, qualified for busing their sixth-grade years but do not qualify in the seventh grade. She says students in her Union Middle community must cross busy roads and intersections to get to school. 

Consent Agenda

The Board of Education approved the Consent Agenda, including the approval of the minutes of the Aug. 20, 2019 meeting of the Canyons Board of Education; hire and termination reports; purchasing bids; student overnight travel requests; an interlocal agreement with Salt Lake County for Swimming Pool Usage; approval to move a portable classrooms; and approval of a Board meeting schedule for 2020-2021. 

Superintendent, Business Administrator Reports

Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe noted that the district continues to work in lockstep with local police agencies in response to emergencies. CSD’s Emergency Preparedness Committee has held debriefing meetings with first responders to talk about what went right and what could be improved in future incidents.  He also reported on last week’s PTA and SCC leader luncheon with the Superintendent and the Kindergarten College-Ready Days held at elementary schools.

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox reported on fixes that have been made to faltering air conditioning systems at Alta and Jordan high schools. He also gave Corner Canyon High’s big shout out for the big win on the gridiron against Bingham High, one of the top-ranked teams in Utah. 

Board of Education Reports

Mr. Mont Millerberg reported on attending the PTA and SCC luncheon, the beginning-of-school assembly at Union Middle, and East Midvale’s Kindergarten College-Ready Day.

Mrs. Amanda Oaks also attended the PTA and SCC luncheon, said she cast her ballot for her local SCC, and toured the new classrooms at Corner Canyon. Oaks also attended the CCHS vs. Bingham football game. She commended student-athletes on the Charger wrestling team for helping clean up the grandstands after the football game.  

Mrs. Amber Shill said she and President Tingey met with the Cottonwood Heights Mayor and City Manager to coordinate the work between the city and CSD, attended the Calendar Committee Meeting, and thanked the Superintendent for hosting the luncheon for PTA and SCC leaders. She also attended Friday Night Lights at Brighton High.

Mr. Steve Wrigley thanked the Office for Public Communication and the Risk Management Department for responding to the emergencies and ensuring the Board and leadership is kept abreast of incidents. 

Mrs. Clareen Arnold reported on a presentation that focused on how to reduce stress in students.

Mr. Chad Iverson said he attended several school events and made his annual commentary on the BYU vs. University of Utah football game.

President Tingey expressed appreciation for her fellow Board members and District staff members for their work. She also attended a Kindergarten College-Ready Day where students were asked to “do their very best” every day so they’ll be ready for the rigors of college and the  careers of the future.
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