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Thursday, 18 August 2011 21:57

Back-to-School Construction Update

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.

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

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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.

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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.  

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Canyons District joined the Midvale community Wednesday, Aug. 3, in celebrating the start of construction on a new elementary school in Midvale.

Work at the school, which will replace the 61-year-old building on Center Street, begins immediately. It is scheduled to be finished during the 2012-2013 school year.

The groundbreaking ceremony, in which dignitaries, district administration, teachers, neighbors and students participated, was historic: It marked the first time Canyons, which was founded in 2009, started work on a new elementary school.

The 85,000-square-foot school will cover 9 acres of a 25-acre campus it will share with Midvale Middle School, 7852 S. Pioneer St.
“We are thrilled to be standing here today, celebrating the start of a new school that we hope will be the heart of this community and a source of pride for parents, students and teachers in the Midvale community,” said Mont Millerberg, the member of the Canyons Board of Education who represents the Midvale area.

Millerberg joined Superintendent Dave Doty, Midvale Mayor Joann Seghini and Midvale Elementary Principal Shad DeMill as the main speakers of the event, which was attended by several hundred residents, teachers and Midvale students.

“Canyons District,” Millerberg said, “is proud to announce that it is holding true to its promise to build a new, state-of-the-art elementary school for children of Midvale.”

The new school will have natural light in rooms and hallways. The school also will have state-of-the-art classrooms, and plans also call for additional gymnasium, playground and parking spaces. “Best of all,” said DeMill to cheers from students and teachers, “the new school will have air conditioning and a new heater for the winter.”
 
The school, which Mayor Seghini called a “miracle of community involvement,” is being completed with the help of a $250 million bond approved by voters in Canyons District. It is one of 13 construction and renovation projects identified as priorities by the Canyons Board of Education.
 
While crews work, Midvale students will continue to attend school in their old school. This means students won’t be bused out of their neighborhoods while the new school is being built.
 
The final design of the new Midvale school was approved this spring by the Canyons Board of Education, which chose the firm NJRA Architects to spearhead the project’s design. Westland Construction has been contracted to build the new facility, which will continue to be called Midvale Elementary after it is completed on its new site.

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Tuesday, 19 July 2011 21:25

Midvale Elementary Groundbreaking Aug. 3

Canyons School District, with the help of Midvale City and school leaders, students and parents, will break ground on the new Midvale Elementary School on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at the school’s new site, 7852 S. Pioneer St. (310 West). The celebration is open to the public and will begin with an 8:30 a.m. social. The groundbreaking is scheduled for 9 a.m.

The new Midvale Elementary School will be built adjacent to Midvale Middle School and is expected to be completed in late 2012. The rebuilding of the 61-year-old school is one of the first five construction projects approved under a $250 million bond voters supported in June 2010. It also marks Midvale Elementary's first-ever significant upgrade.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011 20:01

Board Issues $68 Million in Bonds

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.

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