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Dear Friends of Butler Middle School,

As you may have heard, the Canyons Board of Education has given preliminary approval to a site plan for the construction of Butler Middle School. This plan would involve placing the school immediately west of the existing building, and would allow students to stay in the existing building during construction, which is anticipated to span 18- to 24 months. We are planning to begin construction in summer 2011.

The site plan also includes a substantial expansion of existing green space to the west of Butler Middle School to include additional soccer and football fields, as well as tennis courts for Brighton High School and a proposed site for a future elementary school to the east of the new middle school.  The Board will take up this matter at its regular Business Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Canyons Support Services Center, 9361 S. 300 East. A prompt decision is needed in this matter so the construction project can stay on schedule.

If you have questions or concerns about the proposed plan, you are welcome to sign up to speak to the Board during the public comment portion of the meeting, which typically begins around 7:40 p.m. Individual comments are limited to 3 minutes, and speakers are asked to adhere to Board guidelines for public participation. We anticipate that you may have many questions about the blueprints and plans for the facility, including classrooms, gymnasiums, auditorium, and exterior features including parking. We also are well aware of parking and safety concerns among parents and neighbors regarding parking spaces adjacent to the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center.

We anticipate that the Board will take action to approve the middle school’s general site plan. However, specifics about facility blueprints, traffic patterns and parking will not be finalized Tuesday. Rather, those details will be discussed Thursday at the Town Hall meeting, scheduled from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Butler Middle School Auditorium, and at future public meetings as needed in the school design process.

The Board also will not be taking any action regarding plans for Butler Elementary School at Tuesday night’s meeting. Discussions and decisions regarding Butler Elementary School will be scheduled on a later date.

Thank you for your interest and concern about Butler Middle School. I look forward to working with you on this important project.


Superintendent David S. Doty

The Board of Education on Jan. 11, 2011 received updates from architects on the development of this project.

VCBO Architects propose a site plan that would rebuild the school adjacent to the current school, allowing students to stay put during construction.  The master plan also provides three additional acres of continuous open space, including soccer and tennis areas that could be used by neighboring Brighton High; 200-car parking; and potentially, if the Board so chooses, a future elementary to be placed on the footprint of the existing middle school. The Board liked the proposal, which is a site plan only, and asked that it be placed on the Consent Agenda next week for final approval.

Butler Middle School will be rebuilt. The school, like others on the project list, has a Design Committee of architects, District officials, school principals, students and faculty, and community members including parents, city planners and leaders. The Butler Design Committee also has been meeting with Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center officials to discuss plans that will continue its partnerships with the Recreation Center and maximize green space Canyons District shares with Salt Lake County and the Recreation Center.
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