Board of Education President Tracy Scott Cowdell and Superintendent David S.  Doty have responded to Gov. Gary Herbert’s comments on the creation of the Canyons School District, which has thrived in the first few months of its inaugural year.  In a letter that was hand-delivered Friday to the Governor’s Office, Mr. Cowdell and Dr. Doty respectfully expressed their viewpoints regarding the creation of Canyons School District and the benefits of encouraging more local control over neighborhood schools.  Gov. Herbert Letter 2-26-10
The following statement has been issued by the Canyons School District regarding HB292, which seeks to require Canyons District to pay an additional $15.4 million in operating funds to Jordan School District:  "Canyons School District was created under Utah law, and its creation has been upheld by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. An arbitration panel divided the former Jordan District to ensure both sides were solvent and could operate independently. Currently, schools Canyons inherited from Jordan District require $647 million in needed repairs. And yet Canyons taxpayers are giving Jordan District more than $20 million a year to pay…
The Deseret News and KSL-TV have announced winners of their premiere "Best City Ever" writing contest, piloted in Canyons School District middle schools. About 350 students submitted their work in the contest. Canyons is grateful for the opportunity the news organizations have provided to our students, and thanks participating teachers for helping students stretch their writing skills and learn more about the communities in which they live. View the article and broadcast about the winners here: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700010473/Writing-contest-winners-surprised.html http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=9735113 Read the winning essays here:http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700010474/Best-City-Ever-winning-entries.html
In addition to the groundbreaking advanced-diploma proposal, the Canyons District Board of Education voted Tuesday night for a grade reconfiguration that will affect every school in the District. As a result of the Board’s stamp of approval, sixth-graders will move into middle school and ninth-graders will move into high school. The Board also approved changing the names of the middle schools to “preparatory schools” to better reflect their academic mission.The aim of the grade reconfiguration is to provide ninth-graders with the full college- and career-prep high school curriculum, middle school students with a nurturing, rigorous and high school preparatory focus,…
Students in Canyons School District soon will be able to choose to pursue a Standard, Honors or Advanced diploma, as well as content-specific Endorsements, under a revised proposal approved by the Canyons Board of Education on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Canyons becomes Utah’s first school district to offer differentiated diplomas to students in efforts to ensure each child is ready for college and the workplace by the time they graduate high school.“The overarching goal of Canyons School District is to prepare every student for the demands of college and the workplace,” Canyons Superintendent David Doty said. “We have proposed that the…
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