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Resolution for the Issuance of Bonds


The Board of Education approved a resolution that authorized the issuance of $75 million in general-obligation bonds to fund the construction and renovation of schools in Canyons District. The adoption of the resolution does not require the District to issue bonds, but it’s the first legal step in the issuance process. Under the maximum parameters established in the resolution, the District must stay within a 21-year repayment term. The interest rate also must not exceed 5 percent. Moving forward, the District’s finance team will prepare the appropriate documents and the bond-sale’s legal structure. In September, the District’s fiscal health will be reviewed by Moody’s and Fitch Ratings in order to receive a bond rating by the last week of September. A Notice of Bond sale would be released to the market in mid-October, with a bond sale and closing in November. At that point, monies earned from the issuances would be delivered into a construction fund or refunding escrow. Canyons District, which received approval from the public last November to bond up to $283 million for new and renovated schools, has wasted no time in starting construction on the first three projects to be funded by the 2017 bond. Crews are already working at a major renovation of Alta High and rebuilds of Brighton and Hillcrest high schools.

Construction Project

The Board of Education approved a contract with Hogan Construction to complete a project at Corner Canyon High that was promised to the public at the passage of the $283 million bond in November 2018. The Board also voted to increase the number of classrooms in the academic wing at the school to accommodate the school's 2,300-student enrollment. The $9.6 million contract includes the construction of 24 classrooms, an expansion and upgrade of the cafeteria, and a new storage area. Among CSD’s five traditional high schools, Corner Canyon High currently has the least amount of square footage. When the work is completed, the school’s square footage would increase to 374,000 square feet. As soon as the construction is done, the 12 portables on the campus will be removed, and the school may qualify to be taken off moratorium status. 

Human Resources Report

Human Resources Director Steve Dimond reported on the recruiting the District is doing to attract the best and brightest employees. To recruit teachers, he said, Dimond's staff has attended 12 out-of-state job fairs and made visits to eight in-state colleges and universities. Canyons District hired 227 licensed employees for the 2018-2019 school year, Dimond reported. Sixty-seven, or 30 percent, relocated to Canyons District from another state, and 34, or 15 percent, aim to earn their teaching licenses through one of three alternative teacher preparation programs. The District also started the school with a full roster of bus drivers for 136 routes. Canyons recently increased starting bus-driver compensation to $18.34 per hour. Dimond also reviewed some responses from resigning or retiring teachers who participated in an exit survey. 

Mathematics Textbook Adoption

Instructional Supports Department Director Dr. Amber Roderick-Landward presented a proposal to adopt a series of online mathematics textbooks that align to secondary-school math learning standards.  The Board will review the proposal and discuss the proposal at future meetings.

Consent Agenda

The Board of Education approved the Consent Agenda, including the minutes from the Aug. 21, 2018 meeting of the Board; hire and termination reports; and purchasing bids.

Patron Comments

Patron Alex Murphy asked the Board of Education to revise the bus schedule so special-education students don’t arrive at school more than 30 minutes before the first bell.    

Draper Park Middle student Kathryn Smith addressed the Board about the six-period schedule. She encouraged the Board to work with DPMS to revise the schedule so students, especially those who are in the Dual Language Immersion Program, can take more electives. 

Parent Wendy Smith requested the Board revisit the schedule at Draper Park Middle so students can take more electives. 

Parent Chad Smith encouraged the Board to address the school schedules at a District level.  He also encouraged the Board to vote in favor of expanding the academic wing at Corner Canyon High to accommodate the growth.

Recognitions

The Board of Education recognized the following for their achievements:
  • Diamond Ridge and Entrada Assistant Principal Mark Mataya, who has received the Outstanding Adult Educator Award from the Utah Association of Adult, Community and Continuing Education.
  • Teachers Kristina Kimble, Alta; Pace Gardner, Brighton; Mindy Wilder, Corner Canyon; Jordan Hulet, Hillcrest; and Nicole Manwaring, Jordan High. The five are represenenting CSD in the Intermountain Heart Institute’s Healthy Heart Challenge.  
  • Risk Management Coordinator Kevin Ray and Canyon View Elementary Principal Kierstin Draper received the second Think Safe Award for heading up the pilot program of the DIR-S mobile app, which will soon be implemented districtwide as a security measure. 

Superintendent and Business Administrator Reports

Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe reported on visiting the schools during the first few weeks of the academic year. He also invited to the Board to his annual luncheon for PTA presidents and SCC chairpersons on Wednesday, Sept. 5. 

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox expressed this thanks to employees for their hard work in launching a school year. He noted Risk Management Coordinator Kevin Ray’s work in maintaining the security plans of the District and heading the Emergency Preparedness Committee. 

Board of Education Reports

Mr. Chad Iverson said he appreciated hearing about teaching children that they can do hard things. He asked for the administration to review the reason for summer homework assignments. He also attended the Utah County Invitational Cross Country Meet, where Canyons District student-athletes competed. 

Mrs. Clareen Arnold thanked teachers and staff for their hard work preparing for the school year, including the construction and renovation work. She also thanked Mrs. Nancy Tingey and Mrs. Amber Shill for sending her photos of the first-day-of-school celebrations.

Mrs. Nancy Tingey expressed thanks to school employees and central-office staff for their efforts to successfully start the school year. She attended several first-day-of-school red-carpet events, and she thanked work crews for completing the remodel projects before the beginning of the school year. She noted the retirement of Cottonwood Heights City Manager John Park, who is a longtime friend and ally of Canyons District.

Mrs. Amber Shill says she’s proud to be a part of the District. She said she is pleased to see the pride that CSD employees take in their work to help students succeed.

Mr. Steve Wrigley noted the work done by the Policy Committee and Calendar Committee. He also attended a workshop at Eastmont Middle by BYU professor Hank Smith. Wrigley expressed thanks to employees for starting the school year on a positive note. 

President Sherril Taylor asked HR Director Steve Dimond to thank the HR staff for their efforts to recruit the best-possible employees for CSD schools and departments. He called the improvements to CSD schools, in just 10 years, nothing short of “miraculous.”
Doors to the newly renovated Indian Hills Middle are opening wide to welcome back the Warriors.   

A major renovation at the school has been completed in time for school to start for the 2018-2019 school year. The entire Canyons District community is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony and Back-to-School Night at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 20 at the school, 1180 E. Sanders Road.  

The school’s major upgrade, which required a near-total gutting of the school, is the 13th and final project promised to the public in 2010 when voters approved a $250 million tax-rate-neutral bond.  Since 2010, Canyons has used proceeds from the bond to renovate Albion Middle, and build a new Mount Jordan Middle, Midvale Elementary, Midvale Middle, Corner Canyon High, Draper Park Middle, Butler Middle, Butler Elementary, Alta View, additions to Brighton and Hillcrest high schools, and add seismic upgrades at Sandy Elementary. 

In addition, since its founding a decade ago, CSD has installed air-conditioning in every school that didn’t have it in fall 2009, added security vestibules at all elementary schools and six of eight middle schools; completed a soccer field, tennis courts and athletic fields near Brighton High; and completed internal and external upgrades at Alta High.

Work on the first three projects to be funded by the $283 million bond approved last November —±new Brighton and Hillcrest high schools and a major renovation of Alta High — have already started.  Construction at Alta is expected to take two years, Brighton and Hillcrest will undergo a three-year transformation. Several elementary schools also have new Front Offices and windows and skylights.  

Board of Education President Sherril H. Taylor and Principal Doug Graham will speak at the community event at the school. After the ribbon-cutting, refreshments will be served, and students and parents can tour the new building. To mark Back-to-School Night, teachers and staff will be on hand to greet families and answer questions. 

Thanks to the renovation, completed by crews from Hogan Construction, Indian Hills students and teachers will enjoy plenty of natural light throughout the facility, six new classrooms, collaboration spaces wired for the high-tech demands of the 21st century, an expanded kitchen and cafeteria, and spacious hallways and commons areas, among other amenities.  The school also has been built to enhance the safety and security of student and teachers.
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Proposed Draper Interlocal Agreements 

Under a second reading, the Board considered a proposal to participate in the Draper South Mountain Community Reinvestment Area (CRA). The tax increment financing would facilitate the redevelopment of land once occupied by a gravel pit into an 800,000-square-foot global headquarters for the technology company Pluralsight. The publicly-traded company is projected to bring 2,464 high-paying jobs to Utah over the next 10 years. The plans call for developing transit-oriented and affordable housing and a TRAX stop. After the 20-year project timeline, the District would receive its full share of the taxable value of the property, which is projected to exceed $1.7 million in tax revenue annually. CSD Business Administrator Leon Wilcox recommended adding a circuit-breaker clause to the proposed tax increment financing agreement, which would permit the District to reduce its participation rate from 70 percent to 50 percent projected increases in the taxable value of the project area are not realized within certain deadlines. The proposed agreement also calls for using a portion of collected funds to provide affordable housing for teachers. Pluralsight also has committed to explore workplace training programs benefitting Canyons District students. The Board will continue to discuss the proposal at a future meeting.

School Safety Communication Plan

The Board of Education reviewed a proposal to start a communications campaign to inform the community about the safety and security initiatives of the Canyons District. The Office of Public Communications was given approval to start work on the campaign. 

CSD Anniversary

The Board of Education provided input on a list of ideas to celebrate the 10th school year and the 10th birthday of Canyons District. 

Midvale Community Aquatic Center

Board member Mont Millerberg gave an update on the discussions regarding a possible multi-government agency partnership on a pool in the Midvale area. The pool could be used as the home of the Hillcrest High swim team.

Recognitions

The following were honored by the Board of Education for their achievements:
  • Hillcrest High’s Unified Soccer Team, gold medal, Special Olympics

Responsive Services Update

Responsive Services Director BJ Weller updated the Board on the changes in his department, which was launched last year to oversee the District’s social-emotional supports for students and the community. In the past year, the department has created a comprehensive school mental-health model, hired 12 additional social-emotional support staff, wrote and received more than $1 million in grants to support the additional counselors and programs. In addition, every elementary received a 25-hour behavior assistant, three social-emotional curriculums were piloted, a case-management team, moved the Canyons Family Center to a more central location, and opened the Canyons Youth Academy. The department also has started a Suicide Prevention Community Group and has responded to dozens of messages submitted through the emergency SafeUT mobile app. 

Policy Update

The Board reviewed proposed updates to policies governing student conduct and discipline, personal security and safety, and student conduct and discipline. State law requires the Board to add proposed abusive conduct to the policies.  Some proposed language also outlines how to report assault and abuse against employees.

Consent Agenda

The Board of Education approved the minutes from the Board meeting on July 17, 2018; approval of new hires and terminations; purchasing bids; student overnight travel requests; request to move two portables to Jordan Valley for storage purposes; access and maintenance agreement with Layton Construction; and modifications to the Brighton High bell schedule

Pledge of Allegiance, Reverence

Canyons Assistant Superintendent Dr. Robert Dowdle led the audience in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.   Human Resources Director Steve Dimond gave the reverence.

Superintendent’s and Business Administrator Reports

Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe reported on meeting with Guidance Counselors and Region 17 PTA representatives, and enjoys the feeling of excitement for the coming school year. He looks forward to the Aug. 9 Brighton High groundbreaking and the Aug. 20 ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate completed renovations to Indian Hills Middle.

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox told the Board that, as of the day of the meeting, 18,700 students who have registered. That means about 54 percent of CSD has registered for classes for the upcoming school year using the online system. Temporary occupancy has been granted at newly renovated Indian Hills Middle, which will be done in time for the Aug. 20 ribbon-cutting and Back-to-School Night. While the kiva and kitchen made not be completely done in time for the start of school, the CSD Nutrition Services Department will ensure food will be served in the cafeteria. Altara’s parking-lot improvements are scheduled to be done by Monday, Aug. 20.  Wilcox also gave updates on other capital facility projects throughout the District, and thanked the Facilities crews for working so hard to get projects done in time for school to start. 

Board Member Reports

Mr. Mont Millerberg said he looks forward to celebrating the District’s 10th school year and 10th anniversary.  He also reported on his involvement in the Draper RDA and Midvale aquatics center and rebuild of Hillcrest High

Mr. Steve Wrigley reported on attending two mission- and vision-statement meetings. He also attended an active-shooter training for school administrators, which he says moved us forward in terms of emergency preparedness. He also had an opportunity to attend the completion ceremonies for students who attended summer academies at Jordan and Hillcrest high schools.

Mrs. Amber Shill was able to participate in the Butler Days Parade in Cottonwood Heights. She looks forward to Brighton High’s Aug. 9 groundbreaking, and says it’s exciting to see the plans take shape. She was asked to speak at the Cottonwood Heights Youth Council about public service.

Mrs. Nancy Tingey remarked on also participating in the active-shooter training, the Husky Strong Summer Academy. She says the vision and mission committee is prepared to bring some ideas and full progress report the Board.

Mrs. Clareen Arnold expressed thanks for employees who worked all summer long to prepare for the upcoming school year.

Mr. Chad Iverson toured the newly remodeled Indian Hills with his family and watched the Alta High marching band at various parades.

President Sherril Taylor thanked a Sandy Police Officer for attending the Board meeting. The start of the school year is really exciting, he said, and it doesn’t come together without a lot of hard work.
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Budget Approved

Following a public hearing, the Board unanimously approved a financial plan for Canyons District for fiscal year 2018-2019.  The budget does not include a tax increase. The estimated $500 million budget, which is publicly accessible on the Canyons website, reflects the amount collected in property taxes and the basic state support via the $3,395-per-student Weighted Pupil Unit, the state’s education funding formula. This is an increase of $84 — 2.5 percent — over the 2017-2018 WPU of $3,111 per student. The state also is contributing another 1.5 percent WPU increase in flexible allocation. In addition, the budget includes the Midvale Elementary Comprehensive Restructuring Plan; costs of the negotiated agreements with the Canyons Education Association and the Canyons Education Support Professionals Association. Each full-time teacher will receive at least a $2,235 pay increase, plus a $500 bonus in November. Among other operational costs, the budget includes bond funds to pay for the ongoing construction of the new Brighton and Hillcrest high schools and the major renovation of Alta High. Other remodeling projects will be done, as well, with money from the budget. In addition, the Board unanimously approved a revised budget for fiscal year 2017-2018. 

School Construction

The Board discussed the priority list of schools to be built with proceeds from the $283 million general-obligation bond approved by voters in November. While construction work has already started at Alta, Hillcrest and Brighton high schools, and an architect has been hired to work on designs for the new Union Middle, the Board has yet to decide which elementary school is next in line to be rebuilt. The Administration is recommending a 2019 start-date for construction on a new Midvalley Elementary. As pledged at the time of the passage of the bond, the other elementary schools to be built with 2017 bond money are Peruvian Park Elementary, a new west Draper elementary, and a White City-area school. 

Cottonwood Heights CDA 

The Board heard a request to extend the Canyon Centre Community Development Area agreement into which the District entered in 2012. The redevelopment project to add commercial, residential and parking structures to an area at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon was delayed due to the recession and a legal challenge. An independent review found the current assessed valuation of the project’s budget to be reasonable. The review also determined that the use of funds would provide a public benefit, and that participation in the tax increment financing proposal is justified. The Board will take up the issue at a future meeting pending further review of a cost-benefit analysis.

Administrative Appointments

The Board of Education approved the following administrative appointments for the 2018-2019 school year: 
  • Colleen Smith, currently the Principal at Sprucewood Elementary, has been hired as a CSD Responsive Services Program Administrator. 
  • Lori Reynolds, currently an Achievement Coach at East Sandy Elementary, has been hired as Principal at Sprucewood Elementary.
  • Sara Allen, currently an Achievement Coach at Midvale Middle, will be an Assistant Principal at Butler Middle. She replaces Kip Carlsen, who has accepted a position in the Granite School District. 
College- and Career-Readiness Counseling Update

CSD School Counseling Specialist Tori Gillett reported on efforts to expand coverage of counseling supports for schools. With legislatively approved grant funding and the reallocation of some existing resources, the Department of Responsive Services has improved counselor-to-student ratios in middle school and hired counselors for elementary schools. Counseling teams also have begun basing their intervention goals on known indicators of student achievement, such as attendance, behavior, and course-understanding. These goals are coordinated with School Improvement Plans.

Walking Route Study

Sandy City notified the District of plans to add two lanes to 9000 South, a main thoroughfare that some Sandy Elementary, Mount Jordan Middle and Jordan High students must cross in order to get to and from school. Work on the road is expected to be completed before the start of the 2018-2019 school year. To aid students in navigating the 9000 South 300 East intersection, the city has decided to hire two additional crossing guards, bringing the total number of crossing guards at that intersection to four. The District asked a civil engineer to conduct a walking route analysis of the intersection, explained Assistant Superintendent Dr. Robert Dowdle. The engineer’s opinion is that, with the addition of two crossing guards, the expansion of 9000 South will not “impact the hazardous scores.” 

Public Comment

Patron Steve Van Maren objected to Information Technology line-items in Capital budget, and encouraged the District to pay for those items out of the General Fund. He also asked the Board to buy school buses with seatbelts. He also asked for more time to review the proposed budget. 

Brighton High teacher Jonnie Knoble thanked the Board for teacher salary increases.  

Recognitions

The following students, faculty and staff were honored for the achievements:
  • Midvale Middle’s Abigail Slama-Catron, for being named the state honoree for the Prudential Spirit of the Community Award.
  • Hillcrest High’s Kara Komarnitsky and Madeline Martin and Corner Canyon High’s August Burton, for being named National Merit Scholars. 
  • Corner Canyon High’s girls track team, the 5A state champions
  • Alta High’s boys soccer team, the 5A state champions
  • Jordan High’s baseball team, the 5A state champions

Consent Agenda

The Board of Education approved the Consent Agenda, including the minutes from the May 22, 2018 meeting of the Canyons Board of Education; hire and termination reports; purchasing bids; requests for student-overnight travel; May financial reports; administrative appointments; and approval of Community Eligibility Provision for free lunch program at four schools.

Policy Update

The Board of Education approved policies governing Middle School Education Requirements; Sick Leave Benefits and Retirement; sex education instruction; and Human Resource hiring procedures. The Board also approved a modified student-attendance policy.

Board Planning

In the study session, Board President Sherril Taylor asked Board members to provide topics they would like see addressed at an upcoming roundtable.

Pledge of Allegiance

School Performance Director Mike Sirois led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. The reverence was delivered by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bob Dowdle.

Superintendent, Business Administrator Report

Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe congratulated the achievements of the Class of 2018 and thanked the Board members for their addresses at commencement exercises. He thanked Wilcox and Accounting Director Gary Warwood for their work on the proposed and revised budgets for the upcoming and previous school year. He looks forward to attending a Wednesday department meeting for Facilities.

Leon Wilcox reported on bid openings for and progress on the first several projects being completed with funds from the $283 million bond — the remodel of Alta High and rebuilds of Brighton and Hillcrest high schools.

Board Member Reports

Chad Iverson attended the end-of-year band a percussion concert for Indian Hills Middle and Alta High’s and Corner Canyon High’s graduation ceremonies. He also attended the groundbreaking for the renovation of Alta High.

Clareen Arnold also attended the Alta High groundbreaking and says it’s exciting to see we’re moving forward. She commended Business Administrator Leon Wilcox for making the complex task of budgeting look easy. She also attended the Retirees Banquet. She spoke at the Diamond Ridge High graduation ceremony and loved hearing students’ humbling stories. She applauded all the staff members who work hard all summer behind the scenes to clean, fix and prepare schools.

Nancy Tingey agrees graduation is a reward and the groundbreakings are exciting. She was able to attend the Brighton and Jordan High commencement ceremonies. This year, she took special note of the smiles of the graduates as they crossed the stage.

Amber Shill attended the Butler Middle band concert and Hillcrest High International Baccalaureate graduation ceremony. She visited the “Harry Potter”-themed escape room at Eastmont Middle and spoke at the Canyons Transitions Academy and South Park Academy commencement ceremonies. She met with Brighton students regarding the upcoming rebuild. Finally, she commended Business Administrator Leon Wilcox for his work on the budget.

Steve Wrigley thanked the External Relations staff who prepare the Retirees Banquet. He was able to hand a diploma this year to his son at Jordan High’s commencement ceremony. Five of his children have graduated from CSD schools and have thrived from the schooling they’ve received over the years. 

Sherril Taylor is thankful for all those who contribute to CSD’s college- and career-ready mission. He also thanked his fellow Board members for their service and the Communications team for all the extra hours they put in throughout the year. 
The Canyons Board of Education and the Canyons Education Association are pleased to announce a tentative agreement regarding licensed-educator compensation for the 2018-2019 school year. The contract, a 5.67 percent boost to CSD educator compensation, is the result of extensive good-faith negotiations between the CEA and the District Administration. The salary and benefits package provides both across-the-board salary increases and one-time bonuses, continuing Canyons District’s investment in a stated commitment to attracting and retaining highly skilled, innovative, and engaged educators. Under the contract, the District agrees to a 2.5 percent, or $1,335, cost-of-living increase in addition to advancing every teacher a $900-per-year increment level on the salary schedule. Combined, the increase to the base contract will be $2,235. Also, in November, all full-time CSD teachers will receive a $500 one-time bonus, and veteran educators with continuous service with the District prior to July 1, 1998 will receive an additional $500 one-time bonus. The District will increase its share of health-insurance premiums by 3 percent, regardless of the employee’s chosen insurance plan.  Employees on the traditional plan will see a 3 percent increase; employees on the high-deductible plan will not experience any increase. The Board of Education approved the tentative agreement in a public meeting Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Members of the Canyons Education Association are in the process of voting on the tentative agreement. The Board of Education, Administration and CEA appreciate the collaboration and dedication of all parties to reach an agreement on the contract, and look forward to its implementation.
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