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Utah College Application Week

Counseling Coordinator Tori Gillett updated the Board of Education on the events surrounding the 2018 Utah College Application Week, Nov. 5-9, five days dedicated to encouraging CSD high school seniors to submit at least one viable college application. Last week, Gillett said, 1,156 CSD students finished and submitted at least one application to a college or university. Nearly 300 additional students had already sent in an application. Some $5,000 of a $10,000 monetary pledge from the Canyons Education Foundation to help low-income students cover the costs of application fees had been used. In addition, two students from Jordan High’s Latinos in Action program thanked the Board for its support of UCAW. Luis Alvarez, LIA co-president, said he was making his immigrant parents’ dreams come true by setting his sights on attending to college. During UCAW, he applied to Salt Lake Community College and Utah State University. Uritze Juerta, also a daughter of immigrants, said she applied to SLCC, Southern Utah University, and Utah Valley University. Thanks to help from Jordan High’s staff, she was able to finish an application in 30 minutes. UCAW opens the door, she said, for students to start thinking actively about attending college. Gillett also presented information about how CSD middle schools are preparing students to start thinking about post-secondary education.

Turnaround School Update

Turnaround school Midvale Elementary has made progress academically and behaviorally, according to information presented to the Board of Education.The school has been focused on improvements since a beginning-of-the-school-year restructure to improve teaching and learning, increase social-emotional supports, and further engage the community. Midvale Mayor Robert Hales said the partnership with United Way is key to addressing some of the needs in the community that impact education. He also thanked the Board and the Administration for focusing on the academics and the facilities of the schools in the Hillcrest feeder. Midvale Elementary Principal Chip Watts said the attendance, life-trauma and social-emotional needs, which often present barriers to achievement, are addressed by the plan. Discipline referrals are down significantly, he said, and to date, tardies have been reduced by more than 9,000 compared to last year. Ninety-two parent contacts have been made regarding student attendance, and 31 students have received one-on-one chronic absenteeism interventions. Academically, the school, which has made 107 student-home visits, also is seeing increased levels of achievement. By May, he said, 60 percent of Midvale students will have made the expected level of growth or better in reading fluency as measured by the progress assessment called DIBELS.  Midvale students also are expected to meet or exceed growth benchmarks in mathematics, Watts said.  He said the school is excited about the trajectory that’s being seen in student-achievement data.  The Board of Education also was asked to present recommendations by December to the Utah State Board of Education about how Midvale Elementary is addressing its turnaround status.

Mathematics Program Adoption

The Board approved a proposal to adopt Illustrative Mathematics for seventh- and eighth-grade students and Mathematics Vision Project for ninth- through 12th-grade students. The cost to implement both programs is less than if the district opted to maintain the traditional hard-bound mathematics textbooks, and the texts are closely aligned to Utah’s Core State Standards. Canyons will implement the programs in a phased rollout.

Midvale-Schools Partnership

Student Advocacy and Access Director Karen Sterling updated the Board on progress with Canyons District’s Community Schools. The Community Schools model is one that strives to bring multiple resources to bear on the success of students in the Hillcrest High feeder system. The schools partner with non-profit organizations—including the United Way of Greater Salt Lake, Utah Food Bank, PLAYWorks, and Boys and Girls Clubs of South Valley—to link students and their families with community supports, welfare programs, and health and behavioral professionals. Participation numbers serve as important progress indicators:  260 youth are served in afterschool tutoring; more than 150 youth each year are being served in prekindergarten classrooms; 818 youth are involved, on average, in an afterschool summer program annually; more than 500 students take advantage of Care Team supports each year; and 210 youth are seen by a clinical therapist through school-based services. In addition, parent volunteerism has exploded at the Community Schools with 730 parents and caregivers contributing 1,353 hours of volunteer time one school year.

Academic Calendars

Office of Planning and Enrollment Director Dr. Floyd Stensrud presented proposed academic-year calendars for 2019-2020, 2020-2021, and 2021-2022. The Board will consider the proposed calendars in future meetings.

Land TRUST Plans

LAND Trust Plans for the 2017-2018 school year have been finalized, reported Community Engagement Coordinator Susan Edwards. All CSD schools were at or below the 10 percent funds-carryover regulation, she said, and the schools also made expected or appropriate growth toward their academic goals as part of their school-improvement plans.

Policy Update

Assistant Legal Counsel Jeff Christensen presented proposed updates to the Board on policies governing student dress codes and student automobile use. The Board took the proposals under advisement. The Board also approved updates to policies about Tax Increment Financing Project Agreements, Work-Based Learning Programs, the development and dissemination of questionnaires and surveys, and the use of eye protection.


A Canyons District employee and the following students were recognized by the Board for their achievements:

  • Corner Canyon High’s boys cross country team, the 5A state champions
  • Corner Canyon High’s mountain biking team, first-place state winners
  • Hillcrest High theatre department, the sweepstakes winner at the Utah High School Shakespeare competition
  • Twenty-five student athletes who earned Academic All-State honors
  • CSD’s homeless student liaison Connie Crosby, recipient of the Utah School Counselors Human Rights Award
Consent Agenda

The Board of Education approved the Consent Agenda, which includes the minutes from the Oct. 16, 2018 meeting of the Board; hiring and termination reports; purchasing bids; requests for overnight student travel, and October financial reports.

Pledge of Allegiance, Reverence

Girl Scout Troop 2483 presented the American and state of Utah flags and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Butler Elementary Principal Jeff Nalwalker said his deployment as a soldier in Afghanistan gave him a newfound gratitude for the support schools receive in the United States. He said he met a teacher there who had not been paid in several months because of the war. Nalwalker also remarked on his Pac-Man-themed suit, a smaller version of which was worn by a Butler Elementary student for Halloween. He said such students inspire him to work hard every day as an instructional and community leader.  He said the faculty and staff at Butler Elementary, a French-English Dual Language Immersion school, are working hard to gain similar achievement levels as schools with similar student body demographics.   

Patron Comments

President Taylor introduced Amanda Oaks, who won election to District No. 6 on the Board of Education. She succeeds Taylor, who has held the seat since the District’s inception. 

Midvale Middle math department chair Deborah Delliskave spoke in favor of the proposed Illustrative Mathematics program for middle school students. Three other Midvale Middle teachers joined Delliskave at the podium in support of the program.

Patrick Oviatt, a seventh-grader at Midvale Middle who is in Delliskave’s class, spoke in favor of the Illustrative mathematics program. 

Sara Moeinvaziri also is taught by Delliskave at Midvale Middle. She said she never enjoyed mathematics until this year, and said it’s largely because of the mathematics program being taught in the class.

Leydie Reynog, a seventh-grade student at Midvale Middle, spoke in favor of Illustrative Mathematics.

Midvale Middle student Callie Schroeder spoke in favor of the proposed Illustrative Mathematics program.

Edward Loh, a Midvale Middle student, spoke in favor of the proposed Illustrative Mathematics program.

Butler Middle teacher Lisa Boyce, who piloted two units of Illustrative Mathematics, spoke in favor of the program.

Sarah Goodfellow spoke in favor of the District continuing the practice of allowing dual-enrollment in high schools.

Parent Justin Albrecht also spoke in favor of dual-enrollment in Canyons District schools.

Parent Scott Tasker, in response to a question from the Board, responded that he’d been told by an administrative assistant at CSD’s central office that dual-immersion students would no longer be able to be dual-enrolled at high schools. Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe clarified that no proposal is being considered by the Board of Education. 

Midvale Middle student Krithika Parsawar spoke in favor of Illustrative Mathematics.

Resident Paul Godot, who aids the mathematics teachers at Eastmont, spoke in favor of Illustrative Mathematics.

Ten-Year Anniversary Sub-Committee

The Board of Education created a committee f Board and staff members to spearhead the celebration of the District’s 10-year anniversary. Canyons District was founded on July 1, 2009.  

Superintendent, Business Administrator Reports

Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe said he appreciated the conversation surrounding the adoption of the new mathematics program. He congratulated the high schools for staging successful and entertaining fall musicals. 

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox reported on the upcoming closing on $75 million in bond issuances to pay for the construction of new schools. He also reminded employees about the $500 bonus they will receive on the second November paycheck.  The bonus is part of the negotiated agreements for the contract year.

Board Members Reports

Mr. Mont Millerberg reported on attending meetings at Midvale Middle and Midvale Elementary that gave him previews on the results of the elementary school’s turnaround efforts and the middle school’s use of the Illustrative Math program. He also reported on attending the Canyons Education Foundation’s delivery of Innovation Grants, the USBA regional meeting, and the Student Advisory Council’s meeting. 

Ms. Amber Shill reported on attending an assessment conference in Arizona with middle school principals and the Instructional Supports Department. She attended Brighton High’s production of “The Addams Family,” a speech by the Danish ambassador, a Reality Town activity, and the student advisory council. She thanked the community for the support during the election.

Mrs. Nancy Tingey said she attended Veterans Day activities, a subcontractors meeting for the rebuild of Brighton High, and Brighton and Jordan high fall musicals, “The Addams Family” and “Pirates of Penzance.”

Ms. Clareen Arnold plans to attend “Hairspray” at Hillcrest, and attended “Pirates of Penzance” at Jordan High. She commended schools for holding Veterans Day activities to honor soldiers for their service, and thanked staff for holding Utah College Application Week events.

Mr. Chad Iverson attended the state cross-country meet, marching band competitions, and the Parent Meeting at Draper Park regarding the school schedule. He congratulated Board members on their re-elections, and thanked his Board colleagues for engaging in robust discussions on agenda items. 

President Taylor expressed confidence in Oaks in her new role on the Board. He expressed his admiration for all the members of the Board. He thanked Dr. Roderick-Landward for the mathematics-curriculum proposal presentation and the Sandy Police officers for providing security during Board meeting.
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Vision and Mission Update

Research and Assessment Director Dr. Hal Sanderson presented student achievement data to the Board of Education. With a few exceptions, in recent years, Canyons District kindergarteners, third-, fifth-, eighth- and 11th-grade students have showed improvement or remained at or close to the same proficiency levels in mathematics, English language arts, and science on year-end exams. In 2018, in every subject and at all grades, Canyons District students exceeded the statewide proficiency levels on the Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence exams. Dr. Sanderson also presented information on how CSD’s behavioral supports are impacting student achievement and school climate. 

CAB-East Expansion

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox presented information about a planned expansion of the Canyons Administration Building-East, 9361 S. 300 East. The addition would be funded by the sale of Canyons Administration Building-West, 9150 S. 500 West. No funds from the voter-approved bond would be used on the project. Not only will proceeds from the $9.4 million sale almost fully fund the design and construction of office space for the relocating employees, the sale will add an estimated $400,000 to $475,000 in annual tax revenue to the District’s ongoing budget. An expanded CAB-East would allow the Canyons administration to provide a “one-stop shopping” experience for patrons, who would not have to travel between the two central offices to access services. Nearly all of the academic and business departments would be housed at the new CAB-East. Under the proposal, construction of the new administrative space would begin in October and be completed in fall 2019. The Board also awarded the $9.4 million construction contract to the lowest bidder, Copper Valley Construction. 

Budget for Lacrosse Athletic Teams

Canyons is proposing a budget to launch boys and girls prep lacrosse teams in the 2019-2020 school year. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bob Dowdle suggests a $60,000 one-time investment and the addition of $92,000 to cover the District’s year-to-year costs. A $70 participation fee has been proposed to cover the costs of custodians, officials and score-keepers. Alta, Brighton, Corner Canyon and Jordan administrations say they intend to field school-sponsored teams next year, which is when the sport will be sanctioned by the Utah High School Activities Association. A team is unlikely at Hillcrest in 2019-2020 but could be added if there’s interest in future years. All CSD football fields have already been marked for lacrosse games, the Board noted.

Student Advisory Council

Dr. Dowdle introduced the members of the 2018-2019 members of the Student Advisory Council, which is made up of two students from each high school. Council representatives are invited to attend the Board of Education's semi-monthly meetings, discuss issues facing the Board, and provide input to the Board from a student’s perspective. The council is made up of two students from each CSD high school. The students are Alta's Brooklyn Bacher and Noah Ogden, Brighton's Ellie Anderson and Ethan Van Drimmelen, Corner Canyon's Josee Haycock and Luke Warnock, Hillcrest's Lizzie Moss and Landon Nipko, and Jordan's Daizha Jake and Michael Manhard.            

Policy Updates

In the Business Meeting, the Board of Education approved updated policies governing promotion, retention and acceleration of students, and the retirement eligibility for elected positions. In the study session, Assistant Legal Counsel Jeff Christensen presented suggested updates to policies governing tax increment financing project agreements and college- and career-readiness plans for students.

Pledge of Allegiance, Reverence

The American flag was posted by the Corner Canyon Charelles Drill Team. The reverence was delivered by Corner Canyon High Principal Darrell Jensen.

Patron Comments

Patron Steve Van Maren asked questions about the proposed CAB-East expansion.  

Parent Jill Liljenquist expressed concern about the lack of a policy regarding smart-phone use during school hours.  She would like an enforceable policy that would address all grades.  

Parent Ashley England spoke about the negative mental-health impacts of social media. She asked the Board for a policy that would support teachers and parents in their efforts to aid student grow and mature.

Sandy Police officer Zak Henricksen, recently assigned to be a School Resource Officer, said he’s been impressed with how Albion and Union middle school administrators work with struggling students. 

Patron Betty Shaw commented on the uptick in student-achievement data and graduation rates in CSD. She thanked the Board for providing opportunity for students, and for setting challenging yet attainable educational goals for schools.

Consent Agenda

The Board approved the Consent Agenda, including the minutes from the Sept. 18, 2018 meeting of the Canyons Board of Education; hire and termination reports; purchasing bids; Brookwood Elementary LAND Trust amendment, and an amended request for student overnight travel.


The following were recognized for their achievements:
  • Midvalley Elementary for winning a national PTA grant to fund a Math Night at the school
  • Midvalley student Ashlyn Phillps for being chosen Utah Playworks Junior Coach of the Year
  • The 18 Canyons National Merit Scholar semifinalists: Alta's Abigail Hardy, Joshua Mickelson and Joshua Pomeroy; Brighton's Alex Fankhauser, Sofia Maw, Jenna Rupper; Corner Canyon's Sebastian Lee and Peter Oldham; Hillcrest High's Alex Change, Anthony Grimshaw, Bryan Guo, Saey Kamtekar, Emily Langie, Hongying Liu, Warren McCarthy, Landon Nipko, Eric Yu, and Alan Zhao
Superintendent, Business Administrator Reports

Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe reported on meeting with an engineer who is evaluating the hazardous bus routes in the district. He also mentioned tomorrow’s scheduled Career Fair and commended students for volunteering to serve on the Student Advisory Council.

Wilcox told the Board about a planned subdivision in Midvale that could impact school enrollments and boundaries. He also reported that Fitch and Moody’s reaffirmed the District’s Aaa bond rating for the upcoming issuance of $75 million to fund the construction of schools. Only 88 school districts of 15,000 have such a stellar bond rating.

Board Reports

Mr. Chad Iverson reported on attending cross country meets and football games, as well as watching the Alta High Marching Band at events.

Mrs. Clareen Arnold congratulated Peruvian Park Elementary for being named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School. She also thanked the District staff for working hard to prevent the spread of norovirus, and for the plans to expand CAB-East.  She also expressed appreciation for teacher and parents for meeting during Parent-Teacher Conferences. 

Mrs. Nancy Tingey commented on the party held at Peruvian Park to celebrate the school’s selection as a National Blue Ribbon School. She also reported on attending the groundbreaking for Pluralsight’s new building. She mentioned the success of the Canyons Education Foundation’s golf tournament and encouraged School Community Council members to attend scheduled trainings. She also noted the suggested improvements to the volunteer program in CSD. 

Mrs. Amber Shill recognized School Performance Director Alice Peck, Public Engagement Coordinator Susan Edwards and Mrs. Tingey for leading CSD’s SCC training. She also noted the new SCC website. 

Mr. Steve Wrigley reported on the work being done on CSD’s Policy Committee and mentioned the state’s efforts to define the portrait of a Utah high school graduate. He congratulated Principal Leslie Jewkes for her achievements at Peruvian Park Elementary. He also attended the groundbreaking of Pluralsight, which he hopes will provide internships to CSD students.

Mr. Mont Millerberg said the Student Advisory Council provides valuable input to the Board. He congratulated Peruvian Park for being named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School, where some of his grandchildren attend school. He congratulated Midvalley Elementary on receiving the national PTA grant, and noted the success of the Canyons Education Foundation Golf Tournament. 

President Sherril H. Taylor, as he heads into his final meetings as a Board member, said he’d like to single out staff members for recognition. He noted School Performance Director Mike Sirois’ efforts to improve the middle schools in CSD, thanked Dr. Dowdle for ensuring the public use of school facilities, and expressed appreciation for Dr. Kathryn McCarrie for leading the curriculum, research, special education and emotional-supports departments of the District. He also thanked Dr. Briscoe, saying the superintendent’s heart is with students, and the Sandy Police Officers for providing security at the meeting.
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Online Math Textbook Proposal 

The Board of Education is considering a proposal to implement an online-textbook program for secondary mathematics classes. The proposed textbooks are “Illustrated Mathematics,” published by Open-Up Resources for seventh- and eighth-grade students, and “Mathematics Vision Project,” an open-education resource developed in partnership with the Utah State Board of Education, for ninth- through 12th-grade students. The cost to implement both program is less than if the District opted to maintain the traditional hard-bound mathematics textbooks. The evidence-based programs also are closely aligned to Utah’s core. Dr. Amber Roderick-Landward, Director of Instructional Supports, also told the Board the District is working on a plan to aid students who have limited Internet access at home. The proposal suggests a layered, grade-by-grade implementation from fall 2019 to fall 2021. Teacher professional development would correspond with the implementation by grade. Hard copies would be made available in offices for parents who want to know more. The Board asked Instructional Supports and the Office of Public Communications to inform the public about the proposal and solicit feedback from the community.

Dual Language Immersion Committee Proposed

Dr. Roderick-Landward successfully proposed forming a committee to plan for the future of the District’s Dual Language Immersion Programs. The committee will be made up of members of the Board of Education, parents, principals, teachers, and District DLI team members, and would review enrollment trends, costs, and achievement levels. The goal would be to present a long-term plan to the Board of Education in spring 2019.  Board members Chad Iverson and Mont Millerberg volunteered to serve. 

Policy Update

The Board of Education is considering updates to policies governing the promotion, retention and acceleration of students; and the certification of elected positions as either part-time or full-time for retirement-eligibility purposes. 

Consent Agenda

The Board of Education approved the consent agenda, including the approval of minutes from the Board of Education meeting on Sept. 4, 2018; hire and termination reports; purchasing bids; student-overnight travel requests; and August Financial Reports. 

Pledge of Allegiance and Reverence

The American and Utah flags were posted by Cub Scout Troop No. 4412, the members of which attend Willow Springs Elementary. Willow Springs Principal Marianne Yule delivered the reverence.

Patron Comment
  • Carly and Trevor Seely, who live in the Rockwell Community in Draper, asked the Board and Administration to review whether their neighborhood could be designated as a hazardous walking route.  She said 11 students are affected. 
  • Parent Jeff Pomeroy, who has children at Sunrise, Indian Hills and Alta high school, said families struggle with the late-start and early-out schedules that vary from school to school. 
  • Parent Jacquelynn Sokol asked the Board and Administration to consider spending time studying some of the ideas expressed in “Better Days 2020,” which marks 150 years since women first voted in Utah.  This also marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
Superintendent and Business Administrator Reports

Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe lauded the men and women who were recognized at the 9th annual Apex Awards, the highest honors given in Canyons District.  The awards ceremony was held Tuesday, Sept. 11 at The Gathering Place at Gardner Village. He also said he would attend the Canyons Education Foundation Golf Tournament on Wednesday. 

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox reported on meeting with administrators and principals about budgets for Canyons’ Title I schools.  He also thanked the Board for presenting the Legacy Award to him at the Apex Awards.

Board of Education Member Reports

Mr. Chad Iverson reported on attending cross-country meets to watch Canyons athletes achieve. He commented on the challenges that families face with the varying late-start and early-out times and days at schools. 

Mrs. Clareen Arnold said that early-out and late-start schedules are determined by the available number of buses and drivers.  She congratulated the winners of the 2018 Apex Awards.

Mr. Mont Millerberg mentioned the Canyons Education Foundation’s Golf Tournament scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 19. He said he takes a lot of pride in watching the growth of the Canyons Foundation and the amount of money that is raised to aid students and teachers. He also reported on attending the first day of school activities at Midvalley Elementary. He also attended the Kindergarten College-Ready Day at East Midvale Elementary. He congratulated the 2018 Apex Award winners. 

Mr. Steve Wrigley said he appreciates the culture of recognition that Canyons has embraced. Reflecting on his eight years on the Canyons Board of Education, he is grateful for all the experiences he’s had since being elected. He also noted that, while substituting at schools in other districts, he has often noticed the differences in practices between CSD and other Districts, and commended employees for taking strides to improve the District. 

Mrs. Amber Shill also said the late-start and early-out schedules are determined by transportation. She reported on the annual Superintendent’s back-to-school luncheon with PTA presidents and School Community Council leaders. She congratulated the winners of the 2018 Apex Award winners, and said she attended a Brighton High construction meeting.

Mrs. Nancy Tingey said the late-start and early-out days are used by schools to give teachers time to collaborate and prepare lesson plans without students in the building. She reported on attending the Brighton site meeting and the luncheon with Dr. Briscoe. She also attended the documentary “Angst” about teen anxiety, screened at Jordan High. The event was a partnership between CSD and the Deseret News. She also commented on “Better Days 2020.” 

President Sherril Taylor lauded Board members for their hard work and integrity in their work as CSD’s governing panel. He remarked on how the Board and Administration often operates as a family. Sometimes, families disagree but they always come back together even stronger.  He also mentioned that all Jordan High counselors would receive a personally engraved lead crystal award for winning the 2018 Apex Awards for Student Support Services Professionals of the Year. This is in addition to the one award that can be displayed at the school.
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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.


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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