Board Names New School Corner Canyons High; Students to Vote on Mascot, Colors
The Board of Education voted 6-1 to name the new high school Corner Canyon High School.
The name was selected from a list forwarded to the Board by a community committee. The committee had reviewed more than 1,000 public submissions taken between Oct. 6 and Nov. 8, and presented to the Board five potential names, reflective of geography, history and dignity and high achievement: Corner Canyon; Draper; Draper Hills; Majestic Peaks; and Sivogah, a Native American word for “willow” and the area now called Draper.
The Board’s discussion centered on Corner Canyon High, Draper High and John Park High, the namesake of Utah’s pioneer of public and higher education.
The Board would like Corner Canyon High’s future students to vote on the school’s colors and mascot. The choices, based on committee recommendations, are: navy silver and white; gold, navy and white; and navy, crimson and silver. The mascot choices are: Mountain Lions; Diamondbacks; Falcons; Raptors; Broncos; Bears; Cougars, Cavaliers and Chargers.
Ballots will be mailed by week’s end to students living in the new boundaries; students will be asked to mark their choices and return the ballots to their current schools’ front office by 3 p.m. Dec. 16. The new high school will open in fall 2013.
Air Conditioning Update
The Board heard an update and proposal to install cooling units at eight schools that have no air conditioning (Alta View, Edgemont, Midvalley, and Peruvian Park elementaries; and Midvale, Mount Jordan, Crescent View, Indian Hills and Union middle schools; Alta View, Midvale and Mount Jordan are to receive upgrades with money from the $250 million bond). Options include putting swamp coolers in the corridors or in classrooms; costs would range from $90,000 to $972,000, and total $2.95 million in capital and $260,000 in annual operating costs. The Board also discussed investing in central air conditioning in middle schools that could be reused when buildings are remodeled. The installation of central air could cost between $2 million and $3 million per school, depending on the building. Some Board members noted that cooling units are investments in learning-conducive environments, and were interested in learning more about logistics for installing central air conditioning at Crescent View, Indian Hills and Union middle schools. The Board will further discuss the matter in an upcoming meeting. To view the proposal and hear the discussion, click here and select Agenda Item 1E.
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Presented
Ray Bartholomew of Squire & Company presented the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011. He said he found no reportable deficiencies. President Tracy Scott Cowdell thanked Bartholomew for his hard work, and Canyons Chief Financial Officer Keith Bradford and Canyons Accounting Director Leon Wilcox for their discipline in budgeting. Dr. Doty noted the annual financial report has won national recognition. To view the report or hear the presentation, click here and select Agenda Item 1D.
The Board approved the Option 1 calendar for the 2012-2013 school year. The first day of school will be Aug. 27 and the last day, June 7.
The Board approved the Consent Agenda, which includes the Nov. 15 minutes, purchasing bids, the home school affidavit report, and policies regarding the Student Education Plan/Student Education Occupation Plan, Service Animals in Schools, Parent Involvement in Education, and Employee-Student Conduct and Reporting of Sexual Abuse. It also approved overnight travel for Brighton Model UN and Alta Cheer, Debate, and Drill.
Update: New Curriculum Adoption Policy Committee
The New Curriculum Adoption Policy Committee, comprised of District Office staff, principals, teachers and Canyons Education Association members, has met to suggest ways to update Canyons curriculum policies. The aim is to streamline use of educational materials districtwide, ensure materials and curriculum adoption procedures align with the new Common Core State Standards, and ultimately, create a searchable database to help teachers. Proposed policy changes are expected to come before the Board in January for final action.
Grade Reconfiguration Update
A 25-member task force of employees and District leaders has been working to identify and recommend solutions to employment, endorsement and licensure issues related to grade reconfiguration, approved by the Board in February 2010. The Board heard the timeline to put into place staffing for the new grade structure and approved policy variances to ensure an efficient process. Grade reconfiguration is to be implemented in the 2013-2014 school year. To listen to the discussion, click here and select Agenda Item 8B.
Midvale Interlocal Agreement Update
The Board heard a proposal for an interlocal agreement with Midvale City to create a park on the current Midvale Elementary campus after the school moves to the new building next fall. Board Members praised the proposal as good for the community. The proposal will come to the Board for final action in a future meeting.
Board Presented with $196,000 ‘Check’
The Board was presented with a giant $196,000 check to represent District savings on telecommunications due to its participation in the E-Rate Program. District Information Technology Director Scot McCombs said District savings continue to grow.
The Board recognized:
Natalie Hancock, recipient of the New CTE Teacher Award from the Utah Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences, a division of the Utah Association of Career & Technical Education
Michelle Van Dyken, Canyons Transitions Academy, recipient of a 2011 Arch Coal Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award at the Utah Education Association’s annual Superstars in Education banquet
Park Lane Elementary, 2010-2011 President’s Challenge State Champion
East Midvale Elementary, December 2011 Utah Gold Medal School of the Month, Utah Department of Health
Alta High Girls Soccer, 5A State Champions
Alta High Girls Tennis, 5A State Champions
Two patrons asked that Altara students attend Indian Hills Middle School instead of Eastmont Middle School in the boundary proposal the Board is considering; one patron from Pepperwood thanked the Board for taking more time to consider proposed middle school boundaries; one patron from Pepperwood thanked the Board for considering enrollment information she submitted on proposed middle school boundaries; one patron noted little difference in costs in one of the air-conditioning proposals; one patron thanked the Board for considering enrollment data before determining middle school boundaries. President Cowdell noted that the Board wants to make sure it takes time to weigh the public comment on middle school boundaries to make an informed decision.
Kevin Cromar attended Hillcrest High’s production of “Aida,” which included 250 students, and praised director Paul Winkelman. He attended the unveiling of the Native American mural at Jordan High, and was honored to sit next to a representative of the Goshute Tribe. He attended a meeting of the Utah School Boards Association’s Legislative Committee meeting and the Brighton Area SCC meeting; he wants to make sure the District is checking for radon gases in light of a news article in today’s Deseret News. He attended a funeral where a wonderful eulogy was given by a Hillcrest special education teacher Joann Plant. He noted the deaths of Shannon Cloward, who worked at Jordan Valley School, and Julie Overholt, who taught at Quail Hollow Elementary. He noted a Los Angeles Times story that drug policies in schools can so strict that they harshly punish students for minor infractions.
Mont Millerberg said Hillcrest’s production of “Aida” is the best musical he’s seen at Hillcrest in the past 18 years. He said Active Shooter Training will be held in mid-June at Alta High School.
Steve Wrigley attended three of four high schools’ musicals, and was impressed by the Alta production of “Crazy For You.” He praised Sterling Scholars named in district schools; Dr. Doty noted schools recognize school-level Sterling Scholars, and the Board honors Sterling Scholar state finalists and winners.
President Cowdell said his daughter won an award at Mount Jordan Middle School. He praised the behavior of students at the event as the best he’s ever seen, and commended the Mount Jordan Administration for making behavior a priority. He also expressed concern that the Board doesn’t always stand unified on big decisions, and encouraged the Board to work harder to come to consensus in the future. He also noted he is happy with Bradford and Wilcox for their work in the budgeting process, especially in difficult financial times. He said he is pleased with the progress being made on the bond building projects. He wished Board members a happy holidays.
Vice President Sherril Taylor said he feels it is wise for the Board to carefully weigh public input on the middle school boundaries.
Board Gives Preliminary Approval to Middle School Boundaries
The Board in Study Session preliminarily adopted a boundary map for Canyons District middle schools for final consideration on Dec. 6. Six of the seven members of the Board voted for a Base Middle School Map. An amendment by Board Vice President Sherril Taylor was approved unanimously. With the adjustment, the map is redrawn to include the Sunrise Elementary community into Indian Hills Middle School.
The majority of the Base Middle School Map was developed last spring by the Boundary Steering Committee, which has studied boundary issues since September 2010 in order to better utilize the District’s middle schools and create boundaries for the new high school in Draper.
Board members discussed at length how to maintain balanced enrollments among all middle schools to ensure the schools’ viability into the future. Discussion centered on capacity, safety, transportation, demographics, the school-boundary desires of various neighborhoods, and projected enrollments at the middle schools.
The Board unanimously voted to adopt the Adjusted Elementary School Boundary Proposal. Members of the Board expressed appreciation to the Boundary Steering Committee, which worked for nearly nine months to develop the proposals.
Click here to see the Board-approved Elementary Boundaries to take effect in the 2013-2014 school year.
The Board voted to approval to High School Boundary Option 1. Four Board members voted in favor of the proposal; three voted against.
Click here to see the Board-approved High School Boundaries to take effect in the 2013-2014 school year.
Three other high school boundary proposals were voted down on 4-to-3 votes. Two of the three, both proposed by Paul McCarty, would have included more Draper neighborhoods in the new high school. The other, proposed by Kevin Cromar, would have included a section of Sandy in the Brighton High School boundary instead of the boundary for Jordan High School.
In addition, the Board approved the Consent Agenda, which includes the approval of minutes from the Nov. 1 Board meeting; the approval of purchasing bids; overnight travel requests for the Choir and Softball teams at Alta High School; October financial reports, Board hires and terminations, and Copperview Elementary’s School Improvement Plan.
The Board agreed to discuss the proposed names, mascot and colors of the new high school at an upcoming Board meeting.
Ten patrons addressed the Board on issues relating to school boundaries. Several patrons made requests for the boundaries to include sections of west Draper in the new high school and to delay the vote on the boundaries for further study. Several patrons also asked the Board to consider building a new middle school in Draper instead of using money from the bond issuance to renovate Mt. Jordan Middle. One patron told the Board she worries about the safety of Hillcrest students if the school is at or above capacity. One patron urged the Board to adopt a boundary for middle schools that would place the Sunrise Elementary community into Indian Hills Middle.
Dr. David Doty told the Board about his question-and-answer visits to faculties throughout the District. The most recent meetings, which he described as very productive, were at Brighton High and Edgemont and Brookwood elementary schools. Dr. Doty also told the Board he accompanied Evidence-Based Learning language specialist Ofelia Wade to a meeting with the Honorary General Consul for Germany and representatives with the Austrian government who would like Canyons to begin a German-English dual-immersion language program. The Superintendent also told the Board he has asked Jeff Christensen, Canyons’ Coordinator of Policy Research, to immediately begin work on bolstering the District’s policy governing adult-to-student contact. He also wants the policy to address reporting protocols. The Superintendent told the Board the recent Penn State child-abuse allegations served as a catalyst to request the strengthened policies.
Steve Wrigley reported that he attended the recent funeral of a Jordan High School student. Dr. Doty reported that our Crisis Team responds to provide counseling services to students in response to such tragedies. Mr. Wrigley attended the Adolescent Issues Night at Union Middle School, and saw Brighton’s musical, “Once Upon an Island.”
Kim Horiuchi thanked the organizers of Midvale Middle’s Reality Town, which she recently attended. She also reported on a meeting of the Parks and Recreation Board, which she attended on behalf of the Board.
Mr. Cromar reported on this attendance at the quarterly Arts Consortium meeting. He also attended “Once Upon an Island,” Brighton’s fall musical, and complimented the student actors who performed in the production. He commended the Alta girls soccer team for winning the state championship, and lauded player Michele Murphy for her 5A MVP honor from The Salt Lake Tribune.
Mont Millerberg, President Tracy Cowdell, Mr. Taylor and Dr. McCarty did not have reports for the Board.
Overall, the Board considered two high school options submitted by the Boundary Steering Committee. It also considered a proposal submitted by Board Member Paul McCarty, who sought to include more Draper residents in the new high school’s boundary. But several Board members said the proposal would bring the new high school’s enrollment to 96 percent of capacity in the first year, which would result in some teachers not having their own classroom and not be academically optimal for students. The new high school would open at 85 percent capacity under the boundary proposal favored by the majority of the Board. Also, the Board did not adopt an amendment submitted by Board Member Kevin Cromar to include a neighborhood of students attending Albion in Brighton High boundaries instead of Jordan High boundaries.
The Board deferred discussion of the middle school boundary proposals until Nov. 15 to allow sufficient time for careful consideration and preliminary adoption. Final vote on the middle school boundary proposals would come Dec. 6.
The Board approved the Consent Agenda, which includes the Oct. 18 minutes, purchasing bids, overnight travel for Brighton Baseball, and an agreement to install a fence along portions of Willow Springs Drive. The Board also unanimously approved moving forward with planning a School Safety Training event.
Twenty-seven patrons addressed the Board. Thirteen asked the Board to keep Sunrise Elementary students within Indian Hills Middle School Boundaries. Eight said they lived in western Draper and wanted to be drawn into the new high school’s boundaries.
Four living in northeast Draper who are included in the boundary proposal the Board preliminarily adopted, said they hope they remain in the new high school’s boundaries. One said the Board should take church boundaries into consideration when setting new school boundaries. One was disappointed there are no high school marching bands in the District, and urged the Board to look at securing property in Draper for a middle school. To listen to the comments, please visit http://www.boarddocs.com/ut/canyons/Board.nsf/Public and click item 4C.
Canyons is one of 367 districts nationwide honored by the College Board with a place on the 2nd Annual Advanced Placement Honor Roll List. The Honor Roll lauds districts for opening AP programs to a significantly broader pool of students while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher. Dr. McCarty noted that the honor was given to the top 2 percent of the nation’s school districts. The Board congratulated the work of District academic staff.
Mont Millerberg praised Alta in winning the 5A State Girls Soccer Championship.
The Board of Education postponed plans to solidify a final boundary proposal for public comment for two more weeks. The postponement came to allow time to study Board Member Paul McCarty’s Tuesday proposal to include more Draper residents in the new high school boundary, and to ensure all Board Members were present for the action. Board President Tracy Scott Cowdell was excused to attend to a family matter.
Board members Kevin Cromar and Steve Wrigley asked staff to work up another draft that would address Granite Elementary parent requests to attend Albion and Brighton instead of Eastmont and Jordan, and Alta View parent requests to keep attending Eastmont instead of Mount Jordan. Maps reflecting these requests, and related data, will be presented to the Board on Nov. 1.
In related news, 28 patrons offered public comment to the Board regarding the Boundary proposals. Most said they wanted the Board to keep students together as they moved from elementary to middle and high schools.
Residents of west Draper presented a petition, and asked to be drawn into boundaries closer to home, including the new high school, so they don’t pass neighborhood schools en route to boundary schools and incur additional transportation costs. Several of these patrons also supported Dr. McCarty’s proposal. Two patrons asked the Board to keep students in a Sunrise Elementary neighborhood west of Pepperwood with their friends at Indian Hills Middle School. Patrons living near the gully asked that they remain in Eastmont Middle School boundaries instead of Mount Jordan because of concerns about safe walking routes and proximity to home. Pepperwood residents asked the Board to keep the community together and leave them in Indian Hills Middle School boundaries where they understood their children could directly feed into the Chinese Dual Immersion program; one offered to fund a bus for her neighbors to attend private and out-of-district schools if boundary proposals didn’t change.
The Board recognized Alta Boys Golf, which won the 5A State Championship, as well as Coach Rick Dittman and Kenny You, who won the individual state title. The team signed a Hawks golf shirt to place in the Board’s Canyons Achieve trophy case, to be located at the District Office. The Board also honored Brent Boswell, Jordan High CTE Coordinator and Outstanding Career and Technical Educatorby the Family and Consumer Sciences Division of the Utah Association of Career and Technical Education; and Albion Middle School Assistant Principal Nicole Svee Magann, who earned prestigious “double-diamond” coach status from the National Forensic League. Both employees are featured in the Canyons Employees Achieve hall of fame.
The Board approved the Consent Agenda, which includes the Oct. 4 minutes; purchasing bids; home school affidavit report; financial reports; hire and termination reports; and agreement with East Jordan Irrigation. It also approved overnight student travel for Alta Girls Basketball and Boys Soccer; Brighton Cross Country; Hillcrest Baseball; and Jordan Drill.
The Board approved the state-required consolidated application for state and federal funding (click item 6A). It gave the nod to convene an ad hoc committee of teachers and employees to propose ways to consolidate the District’s curriculum policy to improve navigation and consistency.
High School Naming Update
Some 650 people, mostly living in Draper and Sandy but some as far as Texas and Maryland, have offered online suggestions for the new high school’s name, colors and mascot. Proposals include Hogwarts High, Corner Canyon High, and Carpe Diem High. Public input will be taken through Nov. 8. A community committee will present recommendations to the Board Nov. 15, and students in the new school’s boundaries will vote on the mascot and colors, to be announced, tentatively, at the Dec. 6 Board Meeting.
Superintendent David Doty announced that Alta Girls Soccer advanced today to the 5A State Championship following a 3-0 shutout of Davis. The championship is to be held Friday at 7 p.m. at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Board Reports Mont Millerberg went to Moab last weekend to attend an active shooter demonstration to help police and schools train for emergencies, and called it a worthwhile event.
Paul McCarty attended the Sandy Chamber’s Titan Awards with Canyons employees, and recommended Canyons representatives attend annually.
Kevin Cromar announced he has been nominated to the Executive Committee of the National Federation of Urban and Suburban School Districts (NFUSSD) at last week’s NFUSSD national conference in Davis County. He noted he talked there about Canyons’ Common Core State Standards brochures, and praised Jeff Haney and Jennifer Toomer-Cook’s boundaries presentation at the conference. He enjoyed the NFUSSD tour of Endeavour Elementary, which partners with NASA and where all students have laptop computers, and the Stewart Elementary Chinese Immersion program that starts in kindergarten. He also attended the Middle School Intramurals Cross Country Meet Saturday, which he lauded for growing by about 20 percent each year, and joined Haney in giving awards to student winners.
Kim Horiuchi attended the Utah School Boards Association Board of Directors’ instructional meeting, and expressed concern about a presentation on the state’s plans for teacher evaluations. She also attended the NFUSSD conference, and praised tours of Davis District’s central nutrition services facility, where meals are prepared on site; Centennial School, designed by VCBO Architects, which designed the new Butler Middle School; and South Weber Elementary, which has separate buildings for grades k-2 and 3-6 as an enrollment solution. She also viewed a presentation about demographics, showing women and ethnic minorities for the first time in 2010 became the majority of the workforce, which will necessitate a change in how we deliver education. She noted Salt Lake County Recreation is offering a golf analysis program, which could be extended to students in Canyons – home to the 5A State Golf Champions -- in a potential partnership.
Steve Wrigley said he is excited about the possibility of an active shooter demonstration, in which his son enjoyed participating last summer.
Vice President Sherril Taylor thanked the Board and Administration for a productive evening.
Naming the New High School: Community Input Wanted
The Board invited Canyons students, parents and patrons to submit their ideas for the name, mascot and colors of the new high school in Draper. The Board also would like to receive input from PTAs, SCCs and other groups including the Draper Historical Society and Draper City. A committee of school employees and parents will be established to propose finalists to the Canyons Board of Education on Nov. 15. After that, students in the boundaries of the new high school will vote to determine the new school’s mascot and colors, and the Board will determine the school’s name. To give input, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/name-the-school. The District in April 2011 broke ground on the new high school in Draper, one of the first five construction projects under the $250 million bond voters approved in June 2010.
New Elementary Boundary Proposed; Board Deliberations Begin
The Board received an Adjusted Elementary School Boundary Proposal based on public input received over the summer. The proposed adjustment affects Midvale schools and Sandy Elementary. The proposal was created from the final recommendations of the Boundary Steering Committee, which submitted its final report to the Board in spring 2011 following nine months of study. The presentation marks the first of the Board’s deliberations on proposed districtwide boundary changes. The Board is expected to discuss the Boundary Committee Recommendations for middle and high schools in its Tuesday, Oct. 18 Study Session, and draft a final proposal. The final proposal will be posted on the Boundary Proposals page for public input. The Board is expected to vote on the boundaries Nov. 1. Click here to view Board Meeting agendas, posted at least 24 hours in advance of the Board Meetings.
PTA Presentation: Volunteer Hours Valued At $2.5 Million
The Region 17 PTA presented the Board with a nearly $2.5 million “check” representing the value of volunteer hours logged by its members in Canyons schools last school year. PTA volunteers donated 141,302 hours to improve education for children in Canyons District. The Board applauded the PTA for its service.
The Board named Bruce Young as the new Director of Transportation. Young has served as Acting Director of Transportation since June. Additionally, Diana Wallace was named Elementary Assistant Principal for Lone Peak and Sprucewood elementary schools. She has been working as an administrative intern serving those schools.
The Board approved the Consent Agenda, which includes the Sept. 20 minutes; purchasing bids; the Sandy City CDA Interlocal Agreement; property tax reimbursement plan for former Granite patrons; and policy changes directed by legislation, and administrative hires. The Board also approved student overnight travel for Hillcrest Drill and Brighton Boys Basketball, Cheer, and Model United Nations.
The Board agreed to meet Nov. 1 instead of on Nov. 8, which is Election Day. It also directed the District to begin asbestos abatement and then demolish the old Jordan Resource Center, which now stands vacant to the east of Midvale Elementary School. The half dozen Canyons students needing services for behavioral and emotional disabilities are being served in a new building under an agreement with the Jordan School District.
The Board directed the Administration to create ad hoc advisory committees to ensure input on policy decisions. The committee meetings will be open to the public. The Board also assembled another committee to draft Board bylaws that would include a code of conduct, rules of civility, ethics and discipline. The Board Governance Committee will include Canyons Policy Coordinator Jeff Christensen, Chief of Staff Charles Evans, and Board Members Steve Wrigley and Paul McCarty, Board Vice President Sherril Taylor, who will serve as chairman. The Board also assigned Kim Horiuchi to serve on the Utah School Boards Association Executive Board. The position had been held by Board Member Kevin Cromar.
Thirteen patrons addressed the Board about proposed boundary changes. Eight patrons who live west of I-15 in Draper asked to be drawn into the new high school’s boundaries. One couple asked to stay at Eastmont instead of Mount Jordan to ensure safer passage for their children. Another asked to go to a new high school feeder middle school if her high school boundary were to change from Jordan to the new high school. Two asked to be able to continue having their children attend Granite Elementary, Albion Middle and Brighton High School, which they said made most sense for their neighborhood; another from the same neighborhood asked if the Board could have a map to better illustrate their point, and received assurance that school choice as allowed under Utah law will remain an option when boundaries change.
Board President Tracy Cowdell thanked the patrons for their input, and said all public feedback is being taken very seriously in the Board’s deliberations. To hear the comments, please click here and click on Agenda item 5B.
Board Member Mont Millerberg reported on the second meeting of the District’s School Safety Task Force and the meeting of the Utah School Boards Association, and praised the training and social opportunities USBA provided.
Cowdell commended the Board for its productive Study Session.