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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 21:27

Board Meeting Summary, Sept. 6, 2016

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

CSD's Efforts to Curb Truancy

To mark the outset of School Attendance Awareness Month, Student Support Services Director Tamra Baker presented information to the Board of Education on Canyons District’s innovative approach to reducing chronic absenteeism and truancy rates. Baker was joined by representatives from 3rd District Court, which is working with the CSD on the collaborative effort to curtail the number of cases referred to juvenile court.  In Utah, one in seven students is chronically absent, defined as missing at least 10 percent of school for any reason. Students who are chronically absent on average have lower test scores, grades, and graduation rates. Those who are chronically absent in grades 8-12 are seven times more likely to drop out of high school. Under the model being followed by CSD, students who are marked as chronically absent or truant, and yet have a scant criminal or behavioral-issues record, are asked to enter into mediation before the case is sent to juvenile court. The aim: to correct the students’ path before it leads to additional and more complex legal entanglements. “We try to take away the hammer approach,” said Bob Curfew, a program coordinator with the court.  “We want it to be non-adversarial.”  The mediations are held at the students’ school; the student, parent, and school personnel are allowed to share their thoughts about the root of the problem; and then a mediator meets with both sides to find a workable solution. The parties talk about whether a class-schedule change is needed or if a switch in teachers would help the student feel more apt to attend. When both parties agree on a solution, a written Memorandum of Understanding is produced and a copy is given to both parties. The school follows the progress of the student and compliance with the agreement. In 2014-2015, the pilot year, CSD completed about 15 mediations in middle schools. Only one was referred to court as the result of a failed agreement.  Last year, CSD completed more than 30 mediations. Two of those resulted in a court referral because the agreement was not followed.

SALTA Testing Fee Proposal

The Board considered a new fee proposal for SALTA testing. Canyons offers testing to determine eligibility for the District’s magnet program for advanced learners, called SALTA (Supporting Advanced Learners Toward Achievement). About 550 students are tested annually with half of them qualifying for the program. Of those, 20 percent decline to enroll. Testing is now free for students who are enrolled in Canyons District. Non-CSD-enrolled students pay $35, which doesn’t cover the $90 per student cost of providing the test. To make testing more efficient and save money for other classroom uses, Instructional Supports Director Dr. Amber Roderick-Landward proposes charging a $25 fee for repeat testers and raising the fee for non-CSD test-takers to $50. There would continue to be no fee for CSD-enrolled students. These fees are in line with those charged by other school districts throughout Utah, explained Roderick-Landward. Some districts do not charge, but they screen students for eligibility for the testing. The Board asked for more financial details before reconsidering the proposal at its next meeting.

Advanced and Honors Diplomas Information

Canyons is unique in offering differentiated high school diplomas— Standard, Advanced and Honors Diplomas—which were adopted to create pathways of rigorous coursework to better prepare students for college and careers. Last year, 71 percent of CSD graduates qualified for Advanced or Honors diplomas by completing more rigorous coursework, said Instructional Supports Director Dr.  Amber Roderick-Landward. The degree of difficulty associated with each of the diplomas has increased since the inception of the diplomas in 2011. Most recently, in 2014, the Board of Education adopted further enhancements, including requiring a minimum GPA for Advanced and Honors Diplomas; adding the option for students to obtain a seal of bi-literacy; and updating English Language Arts requirements. These changes were implemented last year, except for the GPA threshold, which is being communicated to students in the 2017 course catalogue, said Roderick-Landward.

Open and Public Meeting Act Presentation and Training 

Canyons District’s General Counsel Dan Harper presented required training to the Board of Education about Utah’s Open and Public Meetings Act, pursuant to UCA 52-4-104. The presentation included information about legal definitions of a public meeting; the required public notice of any meeting of the elected Board of Education; what kind of minutes must be taken during an official meeting of the Board; and the reasons the Board can legally close a meeting to the public.

School Community Council Presentation and Training

Public Engagement Coordinator Susan Edwards spoke to the Board about the District’s efforts to comply with the laws governing School Community Councils. The Board is responsible for training the community on SCC roles and responsibilities; assure legal compliance and meet established deadlines; encourage engagement with SCC members; and disperse funds for the approved uses.  The Board also must approve the SCC-created school plans, which should be data-driven, targeted approaches to meeting school goals and increasing student achievement.  The presentation satisfied a state requirement for Board training on SCC roles and responsibilities.

Consent Agenda

The Board approved the consent agenda, which included the minutes from the Aug. 16, 2016 meeting of the Board of Education; termination and hiring reports; purchasing bids; student overnight travel requests; and acceptance of a donation by Sandy City for the Canyons Technical Education Center’s construction program.

Pledge of Allegiance, Reverence

Scout Troop 430 of the Greater Salt Lake Council presented the colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Union Principal Kelly Tauteoli presented the reverence and updated the Board on Union students’ progress on their assessed reading scores. One notable piece of data: Last year, educators at Union were able to help decrease the number of students testing at below basic in reading from 21 to 12 percent. Union also is home to a Dual-Language Immersion Program in Spanish and has a thriving musical-theater program. Students this year plan to produce “Music Man” and “James and Giant Peach.” Union also is a STEM-designated school, one of only three in Utah.

Policy Updates

The Board considered proposals for removing obsolete and outdated policies, and weighed several policy updates to comply with current employment practices and changes in state policy. CSD Assistant Legal Counsel Jeff Christensen also updated the Board on a new Salt Lake County Health Department rule, which requires school-based employees to produce proof of immunization in the event of a disease outbreak.

Recognizing that schools can be vectors for the spread of vaccine preventable diseases, the Board of Health adopted the rule in June as a means to safeguard children, school employees and the communities they serve. The rule leaves compliance up to individual employees, and does not require school districts to collect or store employee vaccine records. For some employees, proof of immunity may be used in lieu of vaccine records. Employees may also request religious, medical or personal exemptions from Utah’s vaccination requirements. But during an outbreak, exempt employees will be excluded from school for as long as the Health Department deems necessary. The Board weighed a policy change to recommend that employees take the necessary steps to collect and store their immunization records. Christensen said CSD is still surveying other districts to determine whether employees who are excluded from school because they can’t provide proof of immunization would be placed on paid or unpaid leave. Even on unpaid leave, employees would still be able to draw on any available vacation and sick leave, he said. They may also be eligible to draw on CSD’s sick bank, said Christensen.

Board Mission and Vision Update

A Board subcommittee updated the full Board on progress with the creation of a mission, vision and goals statement for CSD. Board members took suggestions under advisement for discussion at a later date.

Patron Comment

Bell View Teacher and Canyons Education Association President Jen Buttars thanked the Board for the improvements to the school.  The upgrades, including the new parking lot, were done for the start of school and for this year’s 50th anniversary of the school.

Administration’s Report

Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe deferred his comments because of time. Business Administrator Leon Wilcox thanked all employees for the work they did for the start of school. 

Board Member Reports

Mr. Chad Iverson, Mrs. Clareen Arnold and Mr. Robert Green deferred their comments because of the late hour. 

Mr. Wrigley reported on receiving positive reports about renovations at CTEC, especially the cosmetology-training area. He also said his son, who attends CTEC, is excited to participate in computer-science programs at the technical education center.

Mrs. Nancy Tingey commended CSD employees, parents, patrons and students for their efforts to have a successful return to school. Tingey also said she believes Back-to-School Nights are valuable in building a strong sense of community at a school. In addition, she mentioned the parcel that was donated by Sandy City to the District so CTEC students can learn to build a house, and thanked the city for its ongoing support of CSD students and school programs. 

Mrs. Amber Shill thanked all members of the CSD community for making the red-carpet welcomes possible for the students on the first day of school. She also reported on attending Butler Middle’s Back to School Night and a faculty breakfast at Brighton High.

Mr. Sherril Taylor said he recently recollected on what it takes to get the District up and running after the summer hiatus. He expressed thanks to the employees for their hard work and dedication, and urged the community not to take it for granted all that CSD employees, parents, volunteers and community partners do to make the District a success.  
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 17:11

Board Meeting Summary, Aug. 16 2016

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Board Approves Proposal to Use ACT For 11
th Grade Measure 

The Board of Education voted unanimously to take advantage of the provisions of HB200, which was passed in the 2016 Legislative session. The legislation allows school districts to request a waiver on the requirement to have 11th graders participate in the end-of-year summative SAGE testing. The District now plans to use the ACT as the measurement of how well high school juniors are performing academically. The benefits of doing so include gaining valuable instructional time in other classes, particularly Advanced Placement courses. There also could be an uptick in demonstrated competency because students have incentive to do well on the ACT, a commonly accepted college-entrance exam. 

Bell-Efficiency Study

Could small changes to the start times of some of Canyons District’s schools save in transportation costs? Such was the focus of a recent bell-efficiency study presented to the Board by Assistant Superintendent Bob Dowdle. Using data to simulate the affects of consolidating, or piggybacking, bus routes, the study looked at two possible scenarios. Option No. 1 would entail moving the start times at some schools back or forward by 15 minutes, thereby giving drivers an extra 30 minutes to complete the longer routes. Doing so would remove 21 buses from daily operation and save up to $340,000 in bus driver labor and $360,000 in fuel and maintenance costs. Option No. 2 would alter bell times by 30 minutes and remove 33 buses from daily circulation for a potential savings of $1 million or more in labor, fuel and maintenance costs. Both options create efficiencies by combining bus routes. The longer bus routes could have the added benefit of helping to recruit and retain drivers, because the District would be able to hire more drivers on a full-time basis with benefits. Dowdle made no policy recommendations; there is currently no formal proposal before the Board. The discussion was for informational purposes only. Board President Sherril Taylor asked Dowdle to schedule time throughout the 2016-2017 school year to share the study’s findings with School Community Councils.

Purchase of Land for Future Elementary School

The Board of Education approved the expenditure of $6,276,596 for 13.02 acres at 11500 S. Lone Peak Parkway. It’s expected the land will be used for a future new elementary school. The sale price is equal or slightly below market value. The Board also directed Business Administrator Leon Wilcox to approve and sign all documents related to the property transaction. 

Recognitions

The following faculty and staff were recognized by the Board of Education:

Aaron Hadfield, Brighton High teacher, for winning the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education. 

Sebasthian Varas, Canyons District’s Nutrition Services Director, for winning the President’s Award of Excellence from School Nutrition Association

Principals and Athletic Directors at Alta, Brighton, Corner Canyon, Hillcrest and Jordan High schools for receiving honors in the UHSAA’s “Raise the Bar” sportsmanship program. 

Leslie Robinette, CSD English Arts Instructional Support Specialist, for her work on the National Speech and Debate Association, held this summer in Canyons District.

The Board also recognized CSD’s new Special Education Director Misty Suarez and Union Middle Assistant Principal Taylor Hansen. 

Consent Agenda

The Board of Education approved the consent agenda, including purchasing bids; July’s financial reports; student overnight travel requests; hire and termination reports; the United Way agreement for 2016-2017 and the Midvale Elementary Parent-Teacher Conference date change.

Patron Comments

Jen Buttars, president of the Canyons Education Association, addressed the new state rule, Academic Pathway to Teaching Level 1 License, which allows non-educators to teach in Utah public schools.  She thanked CSD’s Human Resource Department for their hard work, and expressed concern that non-educators without training or mentoring would be in Canyons classrooms.

Randy Olsen, a teacher at Jordan High, said that while he finds some merit to the new, alternative pathway regulation, it’s not a sustainable remedy to the teacher shortage. True reform will entail paying teachers more and scrutinizing college-level teacher training programs, he said.

Mark Bessendorfer, fifth-grade teacher in CSD, said he was disappointed in the Academic Pathways to Teaching rule. He said the rule sends the message that trained educators are not valued. He said the Instructional Supports Department does a good job with professional-development for the District’s teachers.  He said that he’s concerned about the program because non-educators will be assigned to teach children. 

Kathleen Riebe, parent and candidate for the Utah State Board of Education, said she worries about how the Academic Pathways to Teaching will be implemented, and how it will affect schools and students. She applauded the work that CSD is doing, and encouraged the Board and Administration to keep high standards when hiring men and women for classroom teaching jobs.

Superintendent’s Report

Dr. Briscoe said he has been pleased by back-to-school preparations as he's visited all five traditional high schools, stopped by the new Butler Elementary, and some of the elementary and middle schools. He invited the community to the Thursday, Aug. 18 ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Business Administrator’s Report

Leon Wilcox said the water heaters and the boilers at Alta High are installed, He also gave an update on the Bell View parking lot project, which is expected to be done by Friday. New carpet has been installed at Bell View, as well. He thanked CSD’s IT department for their work on online registration. He also said there are some spots still available in CSD’s Supplemental Hours of Instruction for Kindergarten program. 

Board of Education Reports

Mr. Robert Green said he participated in the Midvale Harvest Days Parade with Mr. Steve Wrigley. He also toured the construction site of Midvale Middle. He also commented on the new APT rule. 

Mrs. Amber Shill invited the community to the Butler Elementary ribbon-cutting. She also said she’s looking forward to attending the annual lunch that Cottonwood Heights holds for the Teachers of the Year in the city’s schools and the first-day-of-activities throughout Canyons District.

Mr. Nancy Tingey addressed the Board’s vote to request the waiver from the state to not administer the SAGE test to juniors. She said she hoped the public would see that the District is not decreasing the rigor of the junior year, but instead putting emphasis on measures, such as the ACT, that would give schools a better look at the students’ preparedness for college and careers.  She also reported on her attendance at Hillcrest’s “academic boot camp.” 

Mr. Steve Wrigley, participating via telephone, said he is looking forward to the coming school year. He also said he enjoyed participating in the Midvale Harvest Days Parade. 

Mrs. Clareen Arnold expressed appreciation for all administrators, teachers and staff who have worked hard to get the District prepared for the start of school

Mr. Chad Iverson also thanked employees for their hard work and dedication in preparing schools for the first day. 

President Taylor said APT is a “slippery slope” and the District needs to be careful in how we handle it. He said the employees who addressed the Board were “spot on” in their comments and urged the Administration to be cautious as the District moves forward. He also thanked the Sandy City Police Officers for attending and providing security at the Board meeting.
Bells signaling the start and end of schools in Canyons District will toll much as they did last year. The Canyons Board of Education-approved bell schedule for the 2016-2017 school year is a near replica of last year's schedule.

The only exception is Jordan High, which will no longer have a late start on Thursdays. Jordan will return to a consistent schedule with the same start and stop times all five days of the week. Also, for the first time, Canyons District's new alternative high school Diamond Ridge is included in the schedule. Here are charts detailing each school's hours:

Elementary School Hours


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Secondary School Hours

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016 01:46

Board Meeting Summary, July 19, 2016

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Adoption of High School Earth Science Textbook 

After receiving public input on a new high school Earth Science textbook, the Board unanimously voted to adopt the book as the recommended text for ninth-grade Earth Science classes. The textbook recommended by a review committee made up of CSD secondary-school teachers is Pearson’s 14th edition of “Earth Science,” by Tarbuck and Lutgens. The book aligns with the Utah State Earth Science Standards and contains an appropriate level of rigor and descriptions and diagrams of Earth processes that are easy to understand. The book also has QR codes that take students directly to short video lessons. There also is a Spanish version of the text.  

Proposed Changes to Parent School Support Group Policy 

The Board heard a second reading of proposed minor procedural changes to a policy that was created in 2015 to govern parent school support associations were presented to the Board for consideration. The changes to the Parent School Support Association/Organization came about after receiving feedback from the public. The changes would allow for a school community election to determine the designated parent-support group every five years. The group that seeks to be the official parent group also would need to submit to the District a notice of intent and application before Oct. 1 of the school year. In addition, according to the proposed changes, school employees who want to receive information regarding a parent school-support group would need to express the interest in writing to the Superintendent or designee.  The proposed changes also would give 30 days from the day the Board gives a notice of approval and verification for the group to file a petition for election. A community meeting also would be held to allow for all parents to hear from both the current official parent-support group and the petitioners. Per Board policy, the Board will consider the proposed changes again at a future meeting.

Additional Policy Updates

The Board heard first-reading draft updates to policies governing: student discipline; special accommodations for students with disabilities; and the evaluation of administrative staff and instructional licensed staff. The proposed changes are to better align CSD policies with current practice, Utah State Board of Education rules, and state and federal laws, said Policy Coordinator Jeff Christensen.

Consent Agenda 

The Board unanimously approved the consent agenda, including: purchasing bids; student overnight travel; hire and terminations; June financial reports; an inter-local agreement with the city of Cottonwood Heights regarding school resource officers; and the school bell schedule for 2016-2017. Board Vice President Steve Wrigley asked that the administration report back on Playworks, an anti-bullying program that teaches children to work through conflict without pushing, shoving or name-calling.

Decision Regarding Termination Appeal  

After hearing additional testimony, the Board unanimously voted to move forward with the originally proposed termination and notify the employee according to District policy.

Superintendent, Business Administrator Reports 

Superintendent Briscoe thanked the Board for making time to meet in the summer months.

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox thanked staff for all their work on the budget book, which was distributed to Board members.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 19:32

Board Meeting Summary, June 14, 2016

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Canyons District, U. Forge Innovative Partnership


The Canyons Board of Education embraced a first-of-its-kind partnership with the University of Utah that will give flight to the higher-education aspirations of stellar students attending Alta High School. A Memo of Understanding between CSD and the U. was approved during the Board of Education’s business meeting. The alliance is the U.’s second academic, early-college partnership with a secondary school. However, it is the tier-one, PAC 12 research institution’s first official collaboration with a traditional, comprehensive public high school. The Canyons program — called Step2theU — will grant a select cohort of Alta-enrolled students the opportunity to study with U. professors and instructors at the U.’s Sandy Campus. Alta’s administration aims to open the first competitive application process in the coming months. Those selected would need to be prepared to start in summer 2017. Hawks seeking to become Utes through the program will submit applications during the fall of their junior years. If accepted, the students will be introduced to Step2theU during a summer-block program. Coursework would begin between the students’ junior and senior years, and provide an opportunity for students to finish one semester of college. Then, in the summer months after high school graduation and before the start of their freshman years, the students would take enough general-education coursework to complete another semester. In essence, by the time the Alta students reach their first day of school at the U., they would have two complete semesters completed. By participating, Alta Principal Brian McGill says, Alta students could expect to save $8,000 to $10,000 in tuition, fees and other associated college costs. The first-ever cohort would be made up of 30-35 students. The target audience of students would include current Alta students who have solid grade-point averages, as well as involvement in AP and concurrent enrollment. However, the students who submit applications will be asked to detail their engagement in school extracurriculars, demonstrate leadership and personal engagement with the community, and declare a preference in continuing their studies at the U. In addition, McGill said, the program would be heavily marketed to first-generation, minority, and low-income students. The program is expected to cost the District $70,000 per year. 

Budget Hearing

Fiscal Year 2017 will be the seventh consecutive year without a property tax increase in the Canyons District. Following a public hearing, the Board unanimously approved a financial plan for Canyons District for fiscal year 2016-2017. Major items in the nearly $405 million budget include:
  • A legislatively approved 3 percent increase in per pupil spending.
  • Negotiated contracts with teachers, staff and administrators, which include cost-of-living pay increases and cover a rise in heath insurance premiums.
  • A Board-approved effort to bolster the achievement of the schools in the Hillcrest High feeder system. The pilot initiative will put into place a method for tracking and transitioning Midvale-area students from one school to the next, as well as start an intensive summer-school program to help address the academic needs of struggling teen students.
  • A first-of-its-kind partnership with the University of Utah that will give flight to higher-education aspirations of students attending Alta High School. The program — called Step2theU — will grant a select co-hort of Alta-enrolled students the opportunity to study with University of Utah professors and instructors at the U.’s Sandy Campus and earn college credit while still in high school.
  • More money for school supplies and utilities.
  • Money to keep class sizes at current levels.
The Board also unanimously approved a revised budget for fiscal year 2015-2016, which accounts for higher-than-expected property tax collections; budget carryovers from 2014-2015; the purchase of elementary math textbooks; elementary office remodels for security; and completion of the new Mount Jordan Middle School.

“Prosperity 20/20” Presents Referendum Idea for School Funding

The Board of Education heard a presentation by Rich Kendell from “Prosperity 20/20,” a business-led movement that acts to forward education innovation, especially in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The organization proposes to allow Utah residents to vote on whether we increase taxes 7/8ths of one percent to bolster Utah public education. He said the money would be earmarked only for education and would be run through local school boards.  Kendell gave information to the Board detailing how much each CSD school would receive if such a referendum were approved by Utah residents. 

Board OK’s Resolution Thanking CSD Legislators

The Board of Education approved a resolution thanking the members of the Utah Senate and House of Representatives for their service during the 2016 General Session of the Utah Legislature. In the resolution, the Board thanked the lawmakers for their responsiveness to the needs of the District, such as a reasonable cost-of-living-adjustment for employees; ongoing benefit, retirements and salary commitments; resources for a program to bolster academic achievement in the Hillcrest feeder system; and summer education activities for The Road Home in Midvale The Board also thanked Utah Speaker Greg Hughes for recognizing the cooperative relationships between the legislature and CSD. Specifically, the resolution named Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and Speaker Hughes; Sens. Brian Shiozowa and Howard Stephenson; and Reps. Steve Eliason, Bruce Cutler, Marie Poulson, Robert Spendlove and LaVar Christensen.

Proposed Changes to Parent School Support Group Policy

Proposed minor procedural changes to a policy that was created in 2015 to govern parent school support associations were presented to the Board for consideration. The changes to the Parent School Support Association/Organization came about after receiving feedback from the public. The changes would allow for a school community election to determine the designated parent-support group every five years. The group that seeks to be the official parent group also would need to submit to the District a notice of intent and application before Oct. 1 of the school year. In addition, according to the proposed changes, school employees who want to receive information regarding a parent school-support group would need to express the interest in writing to the Superintendent or designee.  The proposed changes also would give 30 days from the day the Board gives a notice of approval and verification for the group to file a petition for election. A community meeting also would be held to allow for all parents to hear from both the current official parent-support group and the petitioners. The Board will consider the proposed changes at a future meeting. 

Homeless-Student Summer Program

The Board of Education heard a report from Student Advocacy and Access Director Karen Sterling about summer programming for children who are finding housing at The Road Home homeless shelter in Midvale. Several dozen children whose families now use the Midvale shelter recently began receiving educational services after the Utah State Board of Education approved a one-time request to fund the program through July 1. The State Board unanimously approved allocating $15,000, money that comes from Federal Mineral Lease revenue in the State Board’s discretionary account and at the request of legislators who earlier this year funded a portion of the summer program. Together with a private $10,000 donation, the allocation will secure the program throughout June. It is anticipated that federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) dollars will be available on July 1. Until this year, The Road Home in Midvale has been open from November through March. Students there were, and will continue to be, welcomed to neighborhood schools in the Canyons District or transported back to their school of origin during the regular school year. Over the past few years, the shelter has been reconstructed and will now operate year-round. The educational program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and include meals, academic instruction from Canyons certified teachers, field trips, and other activities. The Midvale Boys and Girls Club has partnered with Canyons in providing services.

Commencement Discussion

The Board of Education discussed the various commencement rites they attended.  Board member commented on positive parts of the events, such as touching student speeches, and challenges, such as sound systems that didn’t work well. In all, 2,540 students received CSD diplomas this year. Sixty-two percent received the unique-to-CSD Advanced or Honors Diplomas, which signify the students went above and beyond the state requirements for graduation.

Consent Agenda

The Board approved the consent agenda, including purchasing bids; student overnight travel; hire and terminations; May financial reports; 2016-2017 Board meeting dates; and a resolution of appreciation to area legislators. 

Adoption of High School Earth Science Textbook

The Board asked the Administration to seek input from the public on a high school Earth Science textbook that is up for adoption. The public review process will last two weeks. The textbook was recommended by a review committee made up of CSD secondary-school teachers. Board members said they wanted more time to review the book and receive public comment. The text that committee members selected is Pearson’s 14th edition of “Earth Science,” by Tarbuck and Lutgens. The teachers said the book aligns with the Utah State Earth Science Standards and contains an appropriate level of rigor and descriptions and diagrams of Earth processes that are easy to understand. The book also has QR codes that take students directly to short video lessons. There also is a Spanish version of the text. 

Sandy City Redevelopment Proposal



The Board listened to a presentation about proposed inter-local agreements to approve CDAs for a downtown Sandy project. The Board decided to continue the discussion at another meeting.

Decision Regarding Termination Appeal 

The Board decided to hear additional testimony regarding an appeal of an employee termination. According to policy, that testimony will come at a future Board meeting, as determined by the Board of Education’s leadership team. 

Patron Comments

Patron Steve VanMaren urged the Board members to post commencement addresses online so those who didn’t attend could read what was said during the rites. 

Superintendent, Business Administrator Reports

Superintendent Briscoe thanked Business Administrator Leon Wilcox for his work on the budget.  He also expressed appreciation for Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bob Dowdle and Principal Brian McGill, the two CSD administrators spearheading the partnerships with the University of Utah.  He also lauded Denise Haycock for her work as the new assistant to the Superintendent, CFO and the Board.

Wilcox said the Board would continue to receive updates on facility projects in the District. He also wished Tyler Toone, the CSD’s web master for the past seven years, much luck as he moves to another professional opportunity. 

Board Member Reports

Mr. Chad Iverson asked the Board to discuss CTESS during the upcoming Board retreat. He also urged the Board to discuss how the District can continue to drive academic achievement. Mr. Iverson also said Lagoon Day is an important tradition in CSD for students to have fun together as they leave middle school for high school.

Mrs. Clareen Arnold thanked Mr. Wilcox for explaining the budget in a simple way. She also thanked those who worked hard to make commencement special for the students, parents and teachers. She told Board leadership she’d like to review the evaluation systems, and examine how we retain our teachers. She also would like the District to look at how free time and play time can help students not be so stressed after working hard in a subject for an hour.  She also said the Board should discuss how the District could focus on guiding students toward careers in the arts.

Mr. Steve Wrigley reported on being part of the audit committee. He is looking forward to the upcoming Board retreat. He asked the Board to focus not only college- and career-readiness but readiness for the rigors of life.

Mrs. Nancy Tingey asked the Board, in its upcoming retreat, to discuss values, indicators and targets. Key performance indicators also are topics the Board may do well to discuss, she said.  Tingey also said USBA is hosting a seminar at the Little America in downtown Salt Lake City with national experts on the Every Student Succeeds Act, the reauthorization on the No Child Left Behind Act. Board members and the Administration are invited to attend. 

Mrs. Amber Shill said she’d like to talk about a grading policy in the District. At the retreat, she’d also like to discuss building a vision statement and goals, and increasing student achievement.

Mr. Robert Green visited Midvale Middle’s construction site. He also urged other Board members to take a tour of the still-under-construction school. Green also said the Board should revisit the topic of gifted and talented services in the District. 

Mr. Sherril H. Taylor congratulated the Class of 2016, their parents, teachers, and the administrators who helped oversee the schools during the year. He’d like a timeline for when information is submitted to the Board for consideration.

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