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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 17:05

Board Meeting Summary, March 7, 2017

Recordings and documents for agenda items can be accessed via BoardDocs by clicking the corresponding agenda items.

Administrative Appointments

Assistant Superintendents Dr. Kathryn McCarrie and Dr. Bob Dowdle announced the Board-approved leadership appointments for the coming school year. 
  • BJ Weller, currently the Principal of Canyon View Elementary, is the new Director of the Department of Responsive Services.  
  • Kierstin Draper, Principal of Oakdale Elementary, will become Principal of Canyon View Elementary
  • Lori Jones, currently Principal of Sprucewood Elementary, will become Principal of Oakdale Elementary. 
  • Colleen Smith, currently Principal of Parkside Elementary in the Murray City School District, will become Principal of Sprucwood. 
  • Christy Waddell, who now is the Principal of Butler Elementary, will become Principal at Draper Elementary. She replaces Piper Riddle, who has accepted a principal’s post in the Wasatch School District.
  • Jeff Nalwalker, currently Principal at Midvalley Elementary, will become Principal at Butler Elementary.
  • Tamra Baker, currently Director of Student Support Services, will become Principal at Midvalley Elementary.
  • Brandee Burgham, a teacher at Fort Herriman Middle, will become an Assistant Principal at Midvale Middle. She will assume the role previously held by Kerry Schroeppel, who is returning to the classroom to teach. 
  • Randall Saltz, now an Achievement Coach at Jordan High, will become an Assistant Principal at Draper Park Middle School. The school qualifies for another AP because of high enrollment figures. 

Legislative Update

CSD’s Public Engagement Coordinator Susan Edwards updated the Board of Education on talks surrounding SB80, a school-funding equalization proposal. The bill appears to have stalled, though conversations about how to adequately fund schools continue. An early iteration of the bill would have cost CSD up to $1.5 million if approved. Among funding proposals to gain more traction is a Senate- and House-approved measure that would provide salary bonuses to teachers in Title I schools, Edwards said. Lawmakers also have coalesced around a spending plan that calls for a 4 percent increase per pupil funding and contains ongoing funding for growth, teacher supplies and offsets for teacher licensing fees. Edwards also briefed the Board on SB240, which, among other things, would allow School Community Councils to bypass local Boards of Education and approach the Utah Board of Education to become a charter school.

Policy Update

CSD Assistant Legal Counsel Jeff Christensen described proposed policy updates, including language to clarify that paid release time for jury duty is only available for benefit-eligible employees. Also proposed under a first reading is an update to bring CSD’s Family Medical Leave policy in line with federal law, and a policy that would require CSD employees who are elected or appointed to a public office to perform their elected duties on their own time while on leave from work. Christensen also proposes striking obsolete language from policies having to do with employee suggestions and lump sum payments. Board members will further discuss the proposed changes at their next meeting.

Proposed Bus Route Changes

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bob Dowdle discussed the possibility of eliminating a bus route that serves students who reside in Big Cottonwood Canyon and attend Butler Elementary, Butler Middle and Brighton High. It’s a dangerous route; this year alone there have been two slide-offs and a collision with a deer, Dowdle said. Parents have expressed frustration over delays in service caused by inclement weather and the inability to communicate with drivers once the bus is deep in the canyon. Current ridership ranges between 1-10 students, and CSD must pay the $28,000 annual cost of providing transportation for these students, because under state law, bus routes catering to fewer than 10 students don’t receive state funding. The route is a bit of anomaly. CSD does not send buses up Little Cottonwood Canyon, up to Suncrest or to South Mountain. The District reimburses families for mileage to bring students from Suncrest.   

Pledge of Allegiance, Reverence

Members of Draper Park Middle School’s Scout Troop 1219 posted the colors and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Draper Park Middle Principal Mary Anderson reported on developments at her school, the only middle school in Utah to score in the top 10 in SAGE formative assessments in math, science and English language arts. The school benefits from high parental involvement, she says, and offers a rich variety of academic programs, including French and Mandarin Chinese, and award-winning jazz, choral and orchestra programs. Among its after-school offerings are debate club, service fair, math and science clubs, a new National Jr. Honors Society chapter, and a Vikings Scholar program modeled after Utah’s Sterling Scholar program for high school seniors. Starting tonight and running through Saturday is a student performance of “The Lion King Jr.”  

Consent Agenda

The Board of Education approved the consent agenda, which included the minutes from the Feb. 21, 2017 meeting of the Board; a hire and termination report; approval of purchasing bids; approval of student overnight travel; approval of a date change in the 2018-2019 calendar; a 2017-2018 meeting schedule for the Board of Education; approval of the Director of Responses Services position; and approval of new administrative appointments.


Recognitions

The Board of Education honored students, teachers and an administrator for accomplishments. Those recognized included Shaun Stockwell, a 4A heavyweight wrestler from Corner Canyon High; boys basketball player Ammon Savage, an Academic All-State recipient who attends Corner Canyon;  Brighton High 5A champion swimmers Jack Binder, Rachel Butler, Anna Hibbard, Brooke Van Conklin, and Ava Binder; CSD Dual Language Immersion Coordinator Ofelia Wade for earning a Lifetime Achievement Award; You Yin-Yao, a teacher at Draper Elementary who was named the International Language Teacher of the Year, and Debbie Beninati, a Sandy Elementary music specialist who has been named Utah Music Educator of the Year.

Superintendent, Business Administrator Report

Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe mentioned the District’s receipt of the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. He congratulated Business Administrator Leon Wilcox and his team for achieving this accomplishment for three consecutive years. He mentioned the robotics fundraiser held at Alta High on Friday night, and encouraged the community to support CSD’s five traditional FIRST Robotics competition on Saturday, March 11.   

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox thanked the Canyons Technical Education Center students who staffed the Canyons District booth at District Day on the Hill. He expressed condolences to the families and friends of three students who recently died, as well as the loved ones of Mike Huish, an employee in the Information Technology Department, who died as a result of complications from surgery. 

Board Member Reports

Mr. Chad Iverson also expressed his condolences for those in the CSD community who recently passed away. He reported on attending Crescent Elementary’s spelling bee. He said he enjoys the level of intensity and pressure at such academic competitions. 

Mrs. Nancy Tingey expressed her condolences to the loved ones of those who passed away. She appreciated the support shown by staff members for students who are experiencing difficult emotions. She congratulated Wilcox and his team, and thanked the Utah legislators for increases to the Weighted-Pupil Unit, the main funding formula for public schools. 

Mr. Steve Wrigley reported on visits to schools in his district and his attendance at the policy-committee meeting and the arts consortium meeting.  He also attended Human Resource’s “Flip the Interview” recruiting event and the Alta High robotics event at the school. 

Mr. Mont Millerberg congratulated Wilcox’s department for winning the CAFR award.  He said the honors show the District’s finances are well under control. He thanked External Affairs Director Charlie Evans and Public Engagement Coordinator Susan Edwards for their work during the legislative session.  He also mentioned the work that goes into providing a secure environment, especially when faced with an emergency situation. 

President Sherril Taylor thanked all the teachers for their hard work and dedication on behalf of students. He also expressed appreciation for District Office administration and staff.
Canyons District is pleased to announce new leadership appointments, which were approved by the Board of Education on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. The appointments are for the coming school year.  The appointments are: 

BJ Weller, currently the Principal of Canyon View Elementary, is the new Director of the Department of Responsive Services.  

Kierstin Draper, Principal of Oakdale Elementary, will become Principal of Canyon View Elementary

Lori Jones, currently Principal of Sprucewood Elementary, will become Principal of Oakdale Elementary. 

Colleen Smith, currently Principal of Parkside Elementary in the Murray City School District, will become Principal of Sprucwood. 

Christy Waddell, who now is the Principal of Butler Elementary, will become Principal at Draper Elementary.  She replaces Piper Riddle, who is leaving Canyons District for a principal’s post in the Wasatch School District.

Jeff Nalwalker, currently Principal at Midvalley Elementary, will become Principal at Butler Elementary.

Tamra Baker, currently Director of Student Support Services, will become Principal at Midvalley Elementary.

Brandee Burgum, a teacher at Fort Herriman Middle, will become an Assistant Principal at Midvale Middle.

Randall Seltz, now an Achievement Coach at Jordan High, will become an Assistant Principal at Draper Park Middle School.
Checkmate! Midvale Middle once again dominated at the 8th annual Canyons District Middle School Instramurals Chess Tournament.

The event, held at Mount Jordan Middle School on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2017, is part of the District’s middle school intramural competition program, which was launched in 2009 to promote healthy life healthy lifestyles and gauge interest for future competitive sports programs.

Midvale Middle repeated as the winners of the first-place trophy at the contest.  Last year, they won all the boards to capture the top spot. This year, they captured five of the six.

The Trojans were followed by the second-place Mount Jordan Mountaineers and the third-place Draper Park Vikings. 

The following students won first-place for their board position.
  • Board No. 1  —Alex Qi, Midvale
  • Board No. 2 — Ilha Hwang, Midvale
  • Board No. 3 — Wentao Zhang, Midvale
  • Board No. 4 — Yash Ghanathe, Midvale
  • Board No. 5 (Tie) — Landon Sulivant, Mount Jordan; Spencer Hodges, Union
  • Board No.  6 — Eric Snaufer, Midvale
Oscar nominee Taylor Sheridan and his wife are sure to turn heads when they step onto the red carpet at the 89th Academy Awards. When they do, they’ll be showcasing the work of a Jordan High graduate who is styling the couple's hair and makeup for the big event. 

Sheridan is a dark horse nominated to win an award for his “Hell or High Water” original screenplay.  But the actor-turned-writer and director also will have a dashing look, thanks to former Beetdigger Tim Muir.

Both of Muir’s parents also ar epart of the Canyons District family. Patrons who have needed assistance with technological issues may have spoken with Holly Muir, his mother, who is a Help Desk Technician in the Information Technology Department. Dad Todd Muir works in Canyons’ Facilities Services Department as a trainer and custodial lead. Both parents are brimming with pride at their son’s accomplishments.

Tim Muir flew out to California days ahead of the ceremony to prepare Sheridan and his wife for pre-Oscar parties and the big day. It may seem glamorous and exciting, but for Muir, who owns his own salon and has been professionally styling hair for 15 years, it’s just another day on the job.

“I work in New York, Los Angeles, Florida, Texas — you name it I’ve worked there,” Muir said as he juggled last-minute errands — like picking up dinner for his four kids — before heading to Hollywood. “I don’t like to be in one place and doing one thing all of the time. I have a mind that goes a million miles an hour.”

Muir does his best to stay busy, traveling every month to various fashion shows and working with celebrity clients. He is a board member of the International Hair Fashion Group and travels around the world teaching other stylists about styling multicultural hair. His expertise has made him a leader in working with diverse hair types, and when he’s not traveling, he does it all from his salon, Alter Ego in South Jordan.

Muir started styling and cutting friends’ and family member’s hair when he attended Jordan High 17 years ago, and he decided it was a career he wanted to pursue.

“I have always had an infatuation with hair,” Muir says. “When I was little, to go to sleep I would play with my mom’s hair. As I grew up, it was a calming thing for me, and it got turned into something more as I got older.”

Muir has worked as a hair artist on films, including the recent “Wind River,” which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Muir was Director of Hair for the movie, which was written and directed by Sheridan. His favorite part of the job is using his creativity to design every aspect of the role hair plays in movies and real life. While he enjoys working for celebrity clients, he wouldn’t mind someday winning an Oscar for his cinematic contributions.

Next time, it might be Muir who is turning heads on the red carpet.
The American Heart Association joined the Canyons Board of Education on Tuesday in lauding the educators and support staff at Corner Canyon High who used CPR and an Automated External Defibrillator to revive a 14-year-old student who had suffered cardiac arrest at school.  

At a Feb. 21, 2017 meeting in the Board Chambers of the Canyons Administration Building-East, the association gave national HeartSaver Hero awards to Corner Canyon High Principal Darrell Jensen, Assistant Principal Christian Cowart, teacher Elisa Posey, school nurse Nancy Purcell and hall monitor Joyce Spencer for their life-saving efforts when student Porter Lewis collapsed during a physical education class. 

Through tears, and with more than a few embraces, Lewis helped hand out the awards, which included special pins that the association bestows only on those whose heroic actions contribute to the “chain of survival” for heart attack victims.

"I just want to say to thanks to everyone who helped save my life," an emotional Lewis said after presenting the honors.  "I am just very grateful to be here." 

On Jan. 10, the school called 911 and rushed to help Lewis when teacher Elisa Posey noticed the 14-year-old student slumping against a way. While Posey cleared the area of other students, Jensen, Cowart, Spencer and Purcell rushed to assist Lewis, who was unconscious and had stopped breathing. The AED was used to revive Lewis, who does not have any known medical conditions. Other emergency actions were taken to aid Lewis before the paramedics arrived at about 10 a.m. to administer care.

The quick actions of the staff and administrators, coupled with training and the immediate availability of an AED may have saved Lewis’ life.

Porter’s survival was as close to a miracle as it gets, explained Marc Watterson, Government Relations Director for the Utah chapter of the American Heart Association. Each year in the U.S., there are approximately 359,400 Emergency Medical Services-assessed cardiac arrests outside of a hospital setting, and on average, fewer than 10 percent of the victims survive, Watterson said.

Defibrillation, along with CPR, is the only way to restore the victim’s heart rhythm to normal in a lot of cases of cardiac arrest. Yet only 17 percent of the nation’s schools and government offices make AED’s available in their facilities.

Canyons placed AEDs at all of its schools four years ago under the direction of Canyons Risk Management Coordinator Kevin Ray, who maintains them to ensure they’re in working order.  Ray also received an award from the association.

"Tonight was a good example of how much our teachers and staff care," said Board President Sherril H. Taylor.  "Porter is a great young man .. He has a lot left to do in this life — and now he has the chance to do it."  



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