Displaying items by tag: NewHighSchool
The Canyons Board of Education has selected Corner Canyon High School as the name of the new high school in Draper, scheduled to open in fall 2013.

The decision was made Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 at a regularly scheduled Board meeting. The New High School Naming Committee, which reviewed community suggestions for the school’s name, mascot and colors, presented suggestions to the Board.

From Oct. 5 to Nov. 8, 1,016 people who live inside and outside of Canyons District provided their ideas via the District’s Web site. On Nov. 11, the Name the New High School Committee met to examine the public input and draft recommendations.

In winnowing the nominations, the committee believed that the new high school should have a name that considers the area’s history and geography. From the community entries, the following names were forwarded to the Board for consideration:

  • Corner Canyon High School: Reminiscent of the geography and beauty of the area, and emphasizes one of the canyons for which the District was named
  • Draper High School: Reflects the pride and the name of the city
  • Draper Hills High School:  Suggests the surrounding area, is not limited to the city, and is an inviting name that welcomes others to join in academic excellence
  • Majestic Peaks High School: Symbolic of the majestic Rocky Mountains; suggests high standards and pride
  • Sivogah High School: A unique and distinctive name reported to be the Indian word for “willows” and the Draper area
The Board also considered John Park Memorial High School.
Early in the process, Board members reserved the right to name the high school.  However, the Board, with an eye toward including students as much as possible, would like the mascot and colors to be selected by popular vote of the student body.
Students will vote on the following mascot names:
  • Mountain Lions, Cougars, Diamondbacks, Falcons, Raptors, Broncos, Bears, Cavaliers and Chargers.

The committee also examined community suggestions for the new school’s colors, and presented the following for the Board’s consideration and placement, as directed, on a ballot for students to cast votes:  

  • Navy, Silver, White:  Navy suggests confidence, stability and strength; silver symbolizes calmness and dignity; and white, the color of the glaciers that provide water to the area, symbolizes cleanliness and innocence.
  • Gold, Navy, White:  Gold suggests high achievement; navy suggests confidence, stability and strength; and white, the color of the glaciers that provide water to the area, symbolizes cleanliness and innocence.
  • Navy, crimson, silver:  Navy suggests confidence, stability and strength; crimson symbolizes passion, energy, and power; and silver symbolizes calmness and dignity.
Canyons School District is taking community suggestions for the colors, mascot and name of the new high school in Draper. View the article -- and a photo gallery of the construction project -- in the Oct. 19 Deseret News.

From initial site work to a completed seismic upgrade, Canyons School District is making fast progress on the first five projects funded by proceeds of the $250 million bond voters approved in 2010. Here are a few details from Facilities Director Rick Conger's presentation to the Board of Education on Aug. 16, 2011: 

Sandy Elementary: Following a tight, three-month turnaround, an extensive seismic upgrade to Sandy Elementary School has been completed. Sandy Elementary was ready to welcome students back to school on Aug. 22.

{yoogallery src=[/images/stories/Bond_Projects/sandypics] width=[100] height=[100] prefix=[thumb100_] style=[lightbox] }

New High School: Site and utilities work is well underway at the campus of the new high school in Draper.

{yoogallery src=[/images/stories/Bond_Projects/newhighschoolpics] width=[100] height=[100] prefix=[thumb100_] style=[lightbox] }

Butler Middle School: A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8. In preparation for the event, site and utilities work have begun on the new school’s footprint, adjacent to the current building, and construction bids are under final review.

Albion Middle School: The demolition portion of the school renovation is complete, and a new roof is to be completed by late fall. Albion students started the 2011-2012 school year at Cottonwood Heights Elementary on Monday, Aug. 22.

{yoogallery src=[/images/stories/Bond_Projects/albionpics] width=[100] height=[100] prefix=[thumb100_] style=[lightbox] }

Midvale Elementary: Site and utility work has started adjacent to Midvale Middle School, where the elementary school will be rebuilt. Crews aim to complete the work in August 2012.  

{yoogallery src=[/images/stories/Bond_Projects/midvalepics] width=[100] height=[100] prefix=[thumb100_] style=[lightbox] }

Canyons District celebrated the start of construction on a new high school in Draper. 

If you missed the April 27 groundbreaking ceremony, here is the complete video of the historic event:


The school, which will accommodate up to 1,800 students when finished, is being built with the help of a $250 million bond approved by voters in Canyons District. It is the first of 13 projects identified as priorities by the Canyons Board of Education.

The groundbreaking ceremony at the site, 12887 S. 801 East, was historic for the District: It marked the first time Canyons District, which was founded in 2009, broke ground on a new school. The 311,000-square-foot building is expected to be done in time for the 2013-2014 school year.

"For many of us, it’s been a long time coming — too long, in fact," said Sherril Taylor, Vice President of the Canyons Board of Education, in his remarks to the crowd of nearly 200 people.  "I have no doubt that many of you wondered if this day would actually ever happen. But it’s here, and Canyons District is proud to announce that it is holding true to its promise to build a high school for the families of Draper.

The school’s design aims to improve indoor environmental quality, including the amount of natural light in classrooms and commons areas. The school also will feature state-of-the-art science labs, an expanded cafeteria and kitchen, two-story academic classroom wings, a 120-seat lecture hall and a 1,200-seat auditorium. For athletic teams and physical education classes, the school also will house a 3,300-seat capacity competition gymnasium meeting NCAA standards, two auxiliary gymnasiums to accommodate ninth- through 12th- grade classes and prep teams, a track and artificial turf football field with seating for 3,500 home spectators and 1,200 visiting spectators, eight tennis courts, and a baseball and softball complex. 

"This is an incredibly exciting time, and we’re thrilled to be here today to mark the official start of work on this project," said Dr. Paul McCarty, the member of the Canyons Board of Education who represents south Sandy and Draper.  "This is a vision we all share, and we thank you all for your support as we construct schools — and build the future."

The school project has been designed with public input. The first step was to meet with Design Committees of architects, community members, and District and school leaders. Those committees brainstormed building plans that would enhance academic programming. Architects used the feedback from the Design Committee to create draft designs that were presented at various community meetings. The draft designs were then adjusted based on input from faculty, staff, students and patrons.

Construction of the high school will enable a districtwide grade reconfiguration plan. In fall 2013, freshman will begin attending classes at high schools, middle schools will house sixth- through eighth-grade students, and elementary schools will welcome kindergarten- through fifth-grade classes.  

The final design was approved in February by the Board of Education, which chose the Orem-based firm Sandstrom Associates Architecture to spearhead the project’s design. Hogan and Associates Construction, based in Centerville, has been contracted to build the new school, which has not yet been named.

The Board of Education on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 unanimously voted to issue $68 million in bonds to allow the District to break ground on all five Phase 1 building projects this summer.

The District was able to secure an extraordinarily low 3.79 percent, 20-year interest rate from J.P. Morgan on the bonds after securing the highest-possible bond rating of Aaa from Moody’s Investors, and a AA+ bond rating, the second-highest possible, from Fitch Ratings. The low interest rate saves the District about $3 million, George K. Baum & Co. bond counsel Dustin Matsumori said.

The Board cast its vote on the same day Canyons School District was featured on the front page of The Bond Buyer, a highly respected daily newspaper of public finance.

The Phase 1 building projects are rebuilds of Midvale Elementary and Butler Middle; a seismic retrofit for Sandy Elementary, a renovation of Albion Middle and the building of a new high school in Draper. All of the projects are expected to begin by the end of the summer and be completed between the summer of 2012 and the fall of 2013.

The bond issuance is the first in the $250 million bond Canyons voters approved in June 2010 to renovate or rebuild aging schools, build a new high school in Draper, and forward the District’s efforts to better prepare students for college and careers. The Board on March 1 approved a resolution to authorize the issuance of up to $70 million in bonds.

Page 3 of 5