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

Elementary School Rebuild 

As part of the consent agenda, the Board selected Midvalley Elementary as the first elementary school to be completed with funds from the $283 million bond approved by voters in November. Construction is expected to start during the 2019-2020 school year. The 60-year-old school is the oldest of the buildings that are on the list for reconstruction with funds from the 2017 bond. The school also lacks ADA-compliant restrooms, is not built to seismic standards, has a high Facility Cost Index, and the campus is large enough to simultaneously accommodate construction and school operations in the old building. The Board also approved awarding the design contract to NJRA Architects per the recommendation of a selection committee comprised of District employees and school principals.

Cottonwood Heights CDA 

The Board approved a request to extend an amended version of the Canyon Centre Community Development Area (CDA) agreement into which the District entered in 2012. The amended agreement removes single-family homes from the CDA and sets a $4.6 million cap on the tax increment. The redevelopment project to add commercial, residential and parking structures to an area at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon was delayed due to the recession and a legal challenge. An independent review found the current assessed valuation of the project’s budget to be reasonable. The review also determined that the use of funds would provide a public benefit, and that participation in the tax increment financing proposal is justified. Projections indicate that by extending the agreement, the District could collect an additional $24 million in property tax revenues.

Draper City CDA

The Board considered a proposal to participate in the Draper South Mountain Community Reinvestment Area (CRA). The tax increment financing would facilitate the redevelopment of land once occupied by a gravel pit into an 800,000-square-foot global headquarters for the technology company Pluralsight. The publicly-traded company is projected to bring 2,464 high-paying jobs to Utah over the next 10 years. The plans calls for developing transit-oriented and affordable housing and a TRAX stop. After the 20-year project timeline, the District would receive its full share of the taxable value of the property, which is projected to exceed $1.7 million in tax revenue annually, explained Draper City Manager David Dobbins. The Board will take up the matter at future meetings.

Public Comment 

Patron Steve Van Maren requested, and was provided, a copy of the documents shared with Board members during the Board’s June retreat.

Consent Agenda 

The Board of Education approved the Consent Agenda, including the minutes from the June 12, 2018 and June 26, 2018 meetings of the Canyons Board of Education; hire and termination reports; purchasing bids; June financial reports; approval of State Treasurer Public Entity Resolution; and approval of Midvalley Elementary School to be rebuilt. Requests for student-overnight travel were pulled from the consent agenda due to an error in some of the forms that were publicly posted. The travel requests will be discussed at a future Board meeting. The Board also postponed discussion of a proposal to reaffirm support for construction of a Midvale City-area pool so as to give the City more time to consider where to locate the facility.  

Superintendent Report 

Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe invited the Board to attend an active shooter preparedness training for all school Administrators on Aug. 1.

Board Member Reports 

Clareen Arnold shared an idea for working with area Police Departments to enhance their presence on school campuses. She added that she has been receiving feedback from constituents about growing confidence in the Board and District leadership.

Steve Wrigley had an opportunity to attend a completion ceremony for Jordan High’s AVID Summer Bridge program, which gives entering freshmen a jump on their high school studies.

Mont Millerberg mentioned that the National Rifle Association has a program to help fund safety training for schools.
Canyons District’s 3rd annual summer Gathering for Good donation drive is joining forces with one of Utah’s most popular radio stations, Z104 KSOP and the Salt Lake Board of Realtors to collect school supplies for students in need.

Join us as we take part in the three-day “Tools for School” event. Giving is easy. Just drop off your donations in the south-end parking lot of The Shops at South Town any time between August 7-9, and say hello to Z104 radio personalities Dave and Deb who will be spending three nights at the shopping center in buses.

Out of town that week? No matter. Any day during business hours, leave your donations in the colorful bins located in the entryways of Canyons District’s Administration buildings.
Mark your calendars: A ceremonial groundbreaking to celebrate the start of work on the new Brighton High has been scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 9.

Students, parents, teachers, alumni, and community members are invited to the event, which kicks off at the campus with a 5:30 p.m. reception followed by a ceremony at 6 p.m.

With site preparations well underway, no time is being wasted with the rebuild. The project will be done in phases over three years, starting this fall with construction of a new performing arts hall and field house to the west and east of the existing building.

For the first 16 months of construction no classrooms will be impacted; the gymnasiums, Main Office and academic wings will remain untouched.

The upgrades are being undertaken with safety and security foremost in mind. The design of the new academic wings to be built during phase II of the project will provide administrators with a clear line of sight down hallways. Visitors will be routed into the administration area to check in prior to entering the building. In the event of an emergency a panic button can be activated that will lock down classroom wings.

Large windows and skylights will be added to bring natural light into the commons area and the classroom wings. Classroom windows that open onto commons areas for group study and teacher-collaboration are designed to support group learning and contribute to a culture of unity at the school.

The building will be a modern interpretation on academic architecture, and will be wired to support the high-tech demands of today’s classrooms. In a nod to tradition, distinguishing characteristics, such as the school’s unique circular halls, will be echoed in design patterns throughout the new building.

The Brighton rebuild is one of three major improvement projects being undertaken starting this summer. Hillcrest High also is being rebuilt, and major renovations are underway at Alta High. These and many more improvements are being financed with proceeds from a bond approved by voters in November, 2017.

Construction updates, and more information about CSD’s bond projects can be found at

They could have spent the summer relaxing poolside with friends, playing video games, or earning babysitting money. Instead, they chose to get a jump on high school with a deep-dive into the math and science concepts they’ll be expected to learn as entering freshmen this fall.

For four hours a day over four weeks, participants in Jordan High’s AVID summer academy immersed themselves in what it takes to be a successful Beetdigger. They attended class, conducted experiments, and completed exams while becoming familiar with the new surroundings, new teachers, and more rigorous demands of high school. For their efforts, on Friday, June 13, they were awarded cash stipends and completion certificates, and treated to a celebratory breakfast with family members. Screen_Shot_2018-07-13_at_5.20.51_PM.png

More valuable, still—they learned that they’re capable of doing hard things, and that it feels pretty good. “This summer, you’ve shown that you can do something really important,” remarked Canyons Board of Education member Steve Wrigley at the ceremony. “Believe in yourself and work hard and it will open all kinds of doors for you.”

 Made possible with an investment by the Board of Education, and modeled after a similar program at Hillcrest High, the AVID summer academy is now in its second year. Participants in last year’s academy ended their ninth-grade year with higher grade point averages than those students who were invited to the program but chose not to participate (see chart below). They reported having more confidence and also attended school more regularly.

“We didn’t have any of our participants who were falling into dangerous areas of missing a lot of school, which is something that prohibits students from being successful,” says Jordan’s Principal Wendy Dau.

How students perform in the ninth grade tends to predict how well they’ll do in high school. The idea behind the AVID program, says Dau, is to help students excel that first “sink-or-swim” year, and beyond.

Last year, the approach earned CSD the honor of being named a 2017 District of Distinction by District Administration Magazine. One of Utah’s largest newspapers called the initiative a "smart, sensible and innovative" approach “to dealing with a specific problem — one that happens to be at the heart of any education system’s principal mission — to make sure students who show up on the first day of school are still there when the bell rings on graduation day.”
Be a classroom helper, mentor and tutor students, collect school supplies, or contribute to fundraising activities: The volunteer opportunities in Canyons District schools are only as limited as your imagination.

Even the most time-pinched parents can find ways to support their child's teacher and neighborhood school—and many do. Last year, 12,989 parents and patrons devoted about 160,000 hours to volunteering in Canyons District schools.

The value of their contributions can't be overstated. We simply couldn't do what we do without them. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, have fun, make friends, and make a mark on the next generation. And now is the time to apply to volunteer for the 2018-2019 school year.

Canyons District has established procedures in line with state law, which requires background screenings for prospective school volunteers. All volunteers in schools, including members of the PTA and School Community Council, need to complete and submit a new Volunteer Application annually.

More information, including a link to CSD’s online application form, can be found on CSD’s website. Still have questions? Call 801-826-5171.

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