Board Gives Preliminary Approval to Proposed Elementary School Schedule
The Board gave the preliminary nod to a new elementary school schedule that would give students consistent instructional time, Monday through Friday, to better prepare them for college and careers. Teachers also would be given time to collaborate each week, and receive seven half-days of professional development to help them provide better instruction for students under this proposed schedule.
School would let out 20 minutes earlier each day, and Fridays no longer would be early-out days under this proposal. However, school would let out early seven times in the 2012-2013 school year to give teachers professional development time they wouldn't otherwise have due to budget cuts. These early-out days are expected to be scheduled in September, October, November, January, February, March and April.
The proposal has been presented to all elementary faculties districtwide, and is designed to address needs expressed over the years by school communities. Canyons Chief Academic Officer Dr. Ginger Rhode said the schedule is responsive to the needs of teachers, and creates a no-cost alternative to ensuring teacher collaboration and professional development time – both critical to improving student achievement.
The schedule would be implemented this fall, at the request of principals, to help teachers receive professional development in implementing the new Common Core State Standards. The schedule was praised by teachers from Willow Springs and Altara elementaries as a way to help them collaborate, effectively use data and improve student achievement. Willow Springs and Canyon View principals also expressed strong support for the schedule.
The District now will convene work groups to study potential issues with parent schedules, Title I schools, special education and other matters, and form recommendations for the Board. The Board plans to take final action on the proposal in its next meeting April 17.
For more information on this proposal, please visit http://www.boarddocs.com/ut/canyons/Board.nsf
and click Agenda Item 2B.Administrators Hired, AppointedCorrie Barrett
was named the new principal of Oak Hollow Elementary. Barrett, the recipient of the 2011 Apex Award for School Administrator of the Year, has served as Oak Hollow's Interim Principal since February. She also has been an Assistant Principal at Alta High and Butler Middle schools.Alan Parrish
is the new Assistant Principal of Corner Canyon High School. Parrish has served as an Assistant Principal of Brighton and Alta high schools. Superintendent David Doty said Parrish will be a great asset to Corner Canyon Principal Mary Bailey as she prepares to open the new high school in fall 2013.
Both Barrett and Parrish were the successful candidates after a competitive-hire process. Additional administrative appointments will be effective at the end of this school year: Wyatt Bentley
, an Assistant Principal at Jordan High, will fill the vacancy at Brighton created by Parrish's move to Corner Canyon. Steve Bailey
, an Assistant Principal at Hillcrest High, will fill the vacancy left at Jordan High created by Bentley's move to Brighton. Mark Mitchell
, an Assistant Principal at Alta High, will fill the vacancy left at Hillcrest, created by Bailey's move to Jordan High. Mary Lauer
, who has been a successful high school principal for years in Colorado and has experience with grade reconfiguration, was named as the new Assistant Principal at Alta High. She will fill the vacancy created by Mitchell's move to Hillcrest.
Additionally, Jamal Willis
, an academic counselor for Brigham Young University's football, baseball, and men's and women's tennis, was named the new hearing officer in the Districts' Office of Civil Rights and Accommodations. Willis, who has a bachelor's degree in sociology, a master's degree in educational counseling and played for the San Francisco 49ers, fills the position vacated by Justin Matagi, who became an Alta High Assistant Principal when Barrett was named Interim Principal of Oak Hollow Elementary.Brighton and Hillcrest Upgrades Discussed
The Board discussed proposed renovations to Brighton and Hillcrest high schools, needed to accommodate freshmen beginning in fall 2013. The upgrades will be funded under the $250 million bond voters approved in June 2010.
Brighton plans would allow for needed additional classrooms, computer and science labs, and address compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Brighton's $4.8 million upgrades proposal also includes an educational fitness center with classrooms, a dance studio, weight and training facilities, offices, and a concessionary and would be located on the east end of the current football field. The Brighton School Community Council (SCC) recommends the board approve the plans.
Hillcrest renovations could come in one of two options. Option A would locate additional classrooms to the building's northwest and cost $2.6 million, but would need to be torn down should the high school be replaced in the future. Option B would cost $5 million, and add classrooms in a way that would be incorporated into potential building replacements and relocate the soccer field. The Hillcrest SCC prefers Option B; the Board expressed similar interest. The Board plans to vote on the projects April 17.Child Abuse Reporting Policy Approved
The Board unanimously approved a policy, drafted by a District task force, that would set employee-to-student conduct parameters, develop clear requirements for reporting child abuse and neglect, and align District policy with state law. Training is to be provided on child abuse and neglect reporting requirements, implemented in the wake of revelations about sexual abuse of children in education institutions nationwide. Dr. Doty clarified that the policy does not prohibit contact, be it physical or via technology, between adults and students, but does require people to use good professional judgment in such situations. Board Member Kim Horiuchi called the proposal forward thinking. To view the policy, please visit http://www.boarddocs.com/ut/canyons/Board.nsf
and click Agenda Item 8A.Canyons to Participate in The Great Utah Shakeout
Canyons Schools will put earthquake preparedness to the test as part of the Great Utah Shakeout
statewide earthquake drill, Risk Management Coordinator Kevin Ray said. The earthquake safety drill, the largest in Utah history, will be Tuesday, April 17 at 10:15 a.m. At that exact time, those participating will "drop, cover and hold on" as if an earthquake of great magnitude had hit the Wasatch Front. Participants include businesses, hospitals, local governments and schools.Insurance Bids Presented
Canyons Chief Operating Officer Dr. Robert Dowdle presented the Board with committee recommendations for a new insurance carrier. The District sought bids following a Legislative Auditor General report recommending districts do so every three to five years and a claims analysis showed Canyons could save money. The committee recommends Select Health/Altius for the health plan; Dental Select for dental coverage; and Davis Benefits for vision coverage. The changes would not be expected to raise premiums for employees or drastically alter the network of providers. For details, please visit http://www.boarddocs.com/ut/canyons/Board.nsf
and click Agenda Item 9A.USBA Leadership Meeting Report
Board Member Kim Horiuchi reported on the USBA's Leadership Meeting. The meeting focused on the legislative session, in which 66 public education bills passed. She noted that HB382, which sought to place charter school funding on tax notices for transparency purposes, died in the Senate Rules Committee; however, USBA hopes the bill will reappear in the next session. She said USBA did not take a position on the sex education bill, which the governor vetoed. She also talked about the Master Boards Award, intended to provide a checklist of trainings to assist Boards in their own professional development and coincide with the launch of USBA's new training resources Web site.Recognitions
The Board recognized the following employees and students for outstanding achievements: Linda Dalton Walker
, Ridgecrest Elementary, A.R.T.S. Inc. 2012 Utah Educator of the Year Nathan Affleck
, Brighton High, Recipient of a $1,500 scholarship in the Utah Wind Symphony Student Concerto Competition Long Gutierrez
, Brighton High, 5A State Swimming record-holder and 5A Boys Swimmer of the Year Michele Murphy
, Alta High, Utah Gatorade Girls' Soccer Player of the Year Nikos Liodakis
, Hillcrest High, and Tanner Jones
, Alta High, finalists for Coca-Cola ScholarshipBoard Action
The Board approved the Consent Agenda, which includes the March 6 minutes; purchasing bids; February financial reports; Board hire and termination reports; home school affidavit; and administrative appointments. The Board also voted to uphold the hearing panel's ruling on a student appeal.Patron Comments
Canyons Education Association President Ross Rogers said CEA hit a snag with the District over the drafting of the proposed elementary school schedule. He said CEA believes a member survey was needed to help inform the creation of the schedule. While CEA found some teachers worry daily prep time will be taken up with extra meetings and bus duties, but he believes these and other concerns can be addressed on individual school levels. He said he hopes the District will work with the CEA on these matters.
Alyson Jensen, Alta View Elementary teacher, is concerned with way elementary school schedule is being presented, and noted that teachers work well over eight hours each day. She said teachers at her school want to protect daily planning time and worry how the schedule could affect students, after-school programs and parents' daycare needs. She suggested the Board consider piloting the schedule.
East Sandy teacher Suzanna Briggs noted East Sandy has been using the proposed elementary school schedule for student safety reasons. She said loves the schedule, even though there is no down time, but believes the district's proposals needs to allow flexibility in how faculty time is scheduled in each school.
Craig Conder, Hillcrest High School Community Council Chair, said the SCC overwhelmingly supports building Option B for renovations to accommodate ninth-graders in fall 2013. That option would add new section to the school and provide more open space and windows, and an environment more conducive to learning, and is worth the $5 million investment as a first step in a long-range plan to replace portions of the 50-year-old school.
Susan Jones, a teacher with nearly 28 years of experience, is concerned with the proposed elementary schedule change, and said the early-out Fridays allow for a long block of needed planning time. She said some teachers fear planning time will be lost in the new schedule to supervisory duties to parents who drop off kids too early.
Pat Passey, a 34-year veteran teacher, thanked for the Board and Superintendent for seeking planning time solutions, and praised collaboration time as helping her do her best work in her career. She said her school supports the schedule, and encouraged the District to work with principals who have concerns.Superintendent's Report
Dr. Doty said Officials from ConnectEd
, the California Center for College and Career, arrived at District Offices on Monday to begin focus groups to help the District chart a course for career and technical education programming. Dr. Doty also has completed 34 meetings with Canyons faculties so far this year, marking the fourth round of visits in his superintendency. He attended a Canyons School District Education Foundation Board meeting, and reported a proposal to launch a fundraising campaign to raise $200,000 this year to outfit all middle schools with equipment to implement Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) courses in newly reconfigured middle schools in the fall of 2013. He noted news stories revealing issues with athletics fundraising in Utah County districts, and recommended the Board consider channeling school-based, private fundraising through the Foundation as an accountability measure. He also thanked CEA, and noted he had a good meeting with Rogers last week on how the District and CEA might work better together in the future. He also noted District staff have met with all elementary faculties regarding the elementary school schedule.Board Reports
Paul McCarty attended an ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) conference over the weekend. He focused on sessions regarding the Common Core State Standards, student success, and technology. He praised Utah's forward thinking in adopting the standards, created by educators and researchers to ensure students in each state have high achievement standards to prepare them for college and career and compete with other world nations. He said they went over the survey from Utah and found that here, the majority of teachers have received training in the common core and ranked their knowledge relatively high.
Kevin Cromar praised the high caliber of the new administrative hires, and noted their excellence reflects the strength of the superintendent and his staff. He also complemented Sharee Jorgensen's work to elevate the arts in schools, and thanked her and the District staff for their kind birthday wishes. He attended the City Creek opening, and chatted with an old friend and fellow legislator who he said was interested in contributing to the Foundation. He attended caucus meetings earlier this month, and commended governor for vetoing the sex education bill. He said he hopes another senator takes up the charter school property tax transparency bill next session, and expressed disappointment in the trend of putting major issues into intent language rather than in bills.
Kim Horiuchi thanked Kevin Ray for mentioning Canyons participation in the Great Utah Shakeout.
Tracy Cowdell noted he'd like to talk about time limits on Board reports, and talk about patron and Board comment time in the future.
Mont Millerberg thanked the Hillcrest and Brighton community council leaders for coming to Board Meeting. He also echoed Dr. Doty's sentiment on school and athletic fundraising going through the Foundation. He noted the Foundation Board is excited to begin the $200,000 fundraising effort. He praised Kevin Ray's work to steer the active Shooter Drill committee, and suggested Board members attend one of the April assemblies in high schools. He said the drill will help Canyons boost safety for children in school.
Steve Wrigley attended the Eastmont Parents' Day event, and the Adolescent Issues Night, and praised the informative classes on issues of pornography and Internet use. He also attended the Hillcrest National Honor Society event, in which 71 students were honored. He praised 18 Sterling Scholar finalists and four winners from the District.Closed Session
The Board met in Closed Session for the purpose of discussing the character, professional competence, or physical or mental health of an individual; pending or reasonably imminent litigation; collective bargaining; and the purchase, exchange, or lease of real property.