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Sunday, 23 January 2011 14:37

Project Update: Albion Middle

The Board of Education on Tuesday, Jan. 18 voted to move Albion students to Cottonwood Heights Elementary School next school year while the building undergoes extensive renovations, contingent on needs of Midvale Elementary. Mike Sirois, Executive Director of K-16 Student Achievement, Middle Schools, said Albion students, faculty and staff overwhelming voted to support moving to Cottonwood Heights during construction. Costs of moving students or having them stay put during construction is around $3 million regardless of where the students go, considering busing, portables, and building preparations. Delaying construction a few years until Butler Middle opened up would save some money, and cost about $1.8 million. Another community meeting to offer input on the building plans will be scheduled shortly.

Sunday, 23 January 2011 14:34

Project Update: New High School

Following three Town Hall meetings, a public Open House and last week’s Board discussion, the Board of Education on Tuesday, Jan. 18 approved the design concept and site plan for the new high school in Draper, expected to open in the fall of 2013. Board members thanked Draper City, Sandstrom Associates architects and patrons for working closely and constructively with the District, and praised the concept’s link to Draper’s cultural heritage.
Sunday, 23 January 2011 14:28

Project Update: Butler Middle

Following 14 different drafts, and several meetings with a “Blue Sky” school-based committee and the School Community Council, the Board of Education on Tuesday, Jan. 18 approved a Butler Middle School site plan that would rebuild the school adjacent to the current building. The plan addresses community input by adding three acres of contiguous fields and tennis courts accessible to Brighton High; allows Butler students to stay put during construction; and maintains a campus environment with its proximity to the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center. Board members noted they would work with Parks and Recreation to ease impacts on little league football and soccer games during the transition. They also noted their action enables additional community input on how the school should be designed to meet the needs of the community, be they in technology, classroom space, or traffic flow and parking. They invited the public to the first Town Hall Meeting on the building designs, scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Butler Middle School Auditorium.

Sunday, 23 January 2011 14:24

Project Update: Midvale Elementary

The Board of Education on Tuesday, Jan. 18 approved rebuilding Midvale Elementary adjacent to Midvale Middle School, allowing students to stay put during construction and creating a school campus that could better address student needs. However, the Board reserved the option  to instead rebuild Midvale Elementary on its current site and house students at the shuttered Cottonwood Heights Elementary should the community overwhelmingly disapprove of the plan.

Possibilities for building next to the middle school are being explored, including a kindergarten- through eighth-grade school. A K-8 school could have longer school days and a rigorous college-prep curriculum -- an approach similar to the KIPP Academies, which research shows close achievement gaps. A K-8 school also would mean fewer school transitions for students, and would be built to separate younger from older children. A community recreation center partnership also could be explored. Building a regular elementary by the middle school also is an option. The current Midvale Elementary property could become a site for a new elementary in the future should one be needed to accommodate growth.  A Town Hall meeting to receive input on the proposals is planned for Thursday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. at Midvale Elementary School.

Sunday, 16 January 2011 00:57

Superintendent's Letter

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.

Sincerely,

Superintendent David S. Doty
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