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The Board of Education on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 voted to approve tentative negotiated agreements for 2016-2017 with the Canyons Education Association, the Canyons Association of Education Support Professionals, and District Administrators. 

The Board voted unanimously for the tentative negotiated agreements during a Tuesday, May 10 meeting of the Canyons Board of Education.

The tentative agreement with the Canyons Education Association for the 2016-2017 school year will give certificated employees a .59 percent increase in cost of living, in addition to steps and lanes.  The contract will extend one paid day. Additionally, the District has adopted a longevity step for teachers with 25 or more local years of experience.  They will receive $1,500. Teachers who have between 20 and 24 local years of experience receive $1,000. The agreement also indicates that a $4,200 Educators Salary Adjustment is not to be withheld from educators who do not pass evaluations.  The employee association and District also agreed to share the cost of a 7 percent increase in health insurance premiums.

The tentative negotiated agreement with administrators for 2016-2017 includes fully funded incremental steps for eligible employees. The District also will cover a 1.25 percent increase to the base of the Administrative Salary Schedule. The District will fund a 1.25 percent one-time stipend for those administrators on the top step during the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Forty-one administrators qualify for this stipend.  The administrators agreed to share the 7 percent hike in health-insurance premiums.

For the Education Support Professionals, the District will pay for incremental steps for eligible employees. About 93 percent of contracted ESP will receive a step increase. Employees also will receive a 1 percent COLA increase to the base of the ESP salary schedule. Also, upon retirement from URS, the District will pay $100 per day for 25 percent of the employee’s accrued but unused sick leave. The ESP association agreed to share the 7 percent hike in health-insurance premiums.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 05:12

Board Meeting Summary, March 29, 2016

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

 
Mill Hollow Summer Camp Discussion

The Board of Education heard a report on Mill Hollow, an environmental learning center owned by the U.S. Forest Service.  The camp, located about 77 miles from the Canyons Administration Building-East, was previously operated by Granite District. Granite stopped running trips to the camp because of budget constraints. Figures provided by Granite showed that GSD paid $320,282 and $260,171 to fund the camp in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 — the last two years GSD operated Mill Hollow. Superintendent Briscoe said that Canyons would need to examine student-supervision, personnel and transportation issues if CSD decided to pursue a Mill Hollow partnership. Board of Education 2nd Vice President Nancy Tingey asked the administration to provide additional information on the group that is currently operating the camp. Board President Sherrill Taylor said the Board has the obligation to look into the camp as an option for the CSD community. The Board requested more information to be discussed at a future Board meeting. 

Canyons’ USBA Representation

Board member Amber Shill will serve as Canyons District’s representative for the Utah School Board Association. The CSD seat, held for the past three years by Tingey, is vacant now that Tingey has been appointed USBA president-elect pro-tem until January. In addition, CSD Business Administrator Leon Wilcox has been appointed to a two-year position as the school-district business administrator on the USBA’s Joint Legislative Committee. President Taylor asked Tingey and Wilcox to discuss how they would proceed if USBA wanted to take a stance on legislation that ran counter to the positions of the Canyons Board of Education and CSD legislative-affairs representatives. Tingey said the posts allow the District to have a seat at the table and guide discussion about how legislative proposals would impact public education as a whole and CSD as a Local Education Agency. Wilcox said his first priority is Canyons District. 

Consent Agenda

The Board approved the Consent Agenda, which included the approval of March hires and terminations; LAND Trust amendments; and the hiring of Denise Haycock, currently the administrative assistant in the Special Education Department, as the Board secretary and administrative assistant to Superintendent Briscoe and Business Administrator Leon Wilcox. 

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert was among the dignitaries who attended an open house and ribbon-cutting for RizePoint, a software company that is re-locating to the Canyons District community.

At the Wednesday, March 23 event at the firm’s new beachhead, 2890 E. Cottonwood Parkway, the District received 10 $500 scholarships to be used on STEM-related activities. Herbert presented the scholarships to Board of Education members Nancy Tingey and Amber Shill during the festivities.

"While academic achievement is our main focus, the Canyons Board of Education is also dedicated to maintaining relationships with the business sector. Only by working together can we build up world-class schools that will prepare students for the demands of the 21st century global marketplace," said Sherril H. Taylor, president of the Canyons Board of Education.

"We welcome the support that RizePoint brings to our community and express appreciation for the company's generosity in helping our students excel in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics."

RizePoint software is used by five of the top eight hospitality brands, including Marriott, Intercontinental, Hilton, and Wyndham, and five of the top eight food-service brands, including McDonald's, Starbucks, Wendy's, and Pizza Hut.
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 17:15

Board Meeting Summary, March 1, 2016

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

Board OK's Logo, Colors for Diamond Ridge High


Diamond Ridge, CSD’s new alternative high school, has a sparkling new logo, colors  — and a fierce mascot to match.  Communications Director Jeff Haney unveiled logo designs developed by the CSD Office of Public Communications with input from the Diamond Ridge school community. The blue, silver, gold and black Diamond Ridge Raptors signify ferocity because, as Student Advocacy and Access Director Karen Sterling said, we want Diamond Ridge students to be persistent. The dinosaur also is a reminder that we want dropouts to be extinct.

Board Vision and Goals

When CSD was formed in 2009, District leadership, in cooperation with the community, invested a lot of work and time in creating a vision, mission and strategic plan. As a next step in creating a guiding document, Board Vice President Nancy Tingy presented to the Board a document that conveys CSD’s guiding principles. She shared a one-page draft to spark discussion at future work sessions. At the center is CSD’s mission to have every student graduate college- and career-ready. Supporting that mission are Canyons’ four guiding tenets:  student achievement, innovation, community engagement and customer service.

Legislative Update

The Board of Education received an update on the 2016 General Session of the Utah Legislature from Canyons District's Director of External Affairs Charlie Evans. Evans told the Board there is a solid chance that a representative from public education will be on a commission created by HB318. The study group would examine the local impacts of the relocation of the Utah State Prison. Evans also said SB38, which focuses on the funding of charter schools, has a good chance of gaining approval by lawmakers. If the bill is realized, it will be the first time that taxpayers will see how much tax money goes to charter schools. He also updated the Board on potential state funding figures.

Teacher, Parent Feedback on Elementary School Schedule

Some 84 percent of teachers who responded to recent survey said this year’s elementary school schedule is either very or extremely helpful to them. This is in contrast to the 72 percent of teachers in 2014-2015 who indicated that a previous schedule was not at all or a little helpful to them as they planned and executed classroom instruction. School Performance Directors Joanne Ackerman and Alice Peck told the Board that while there are some teachers who have frustrations with parts of the schedule and calendar, most of the identified challenges could be addressed at each school site. Other results of the elementary-teacher survey:  87 percent said they think the additional protected teacher-planning time has improved their instruction; 86 percent said the Brain Boosters component is a worthwhile part of the students’ day. 

Voluntary No-Idle Campaign

The Board gave an OK for the Office of Public Communications to begin working with school communities on a districtwide no-idling campaign with the aim of reducing air pollution. The idea to go idle-free throughout the District was presented to Superintendent Briscoe by an Altara Elementary parent who was irritated at the car exhaust billowing from the cars idling in the parking lot at her child's school.

LAND Trust Final Reports

School Performance Director Alice Peck submitted for the Board’s review reports detailing how Canyons schools spent LAND Trust funds in 2014-2015. The Board must acknowledge receipt of year-end spending reports before the District can submit budget plans for the next year.

Policy Updates

The Board of Education forwarded for final consideration recommendations from the Policy Committee. The proposed policies state the Board’s college- and career-ready philosophy; an acknowledgement of the Board’s statutory authority to establish instruction and graduation requirements; and definitions of CSD’s differentiated diplomas. Per protocol, the Board asked the item to be placed on a future agenda for a third reading. 

Board Action

The Board approved the Consent Agenda, which includes the minutes from Feb. 16, 2016 Board meeting; purchasing bids; proposals for student overnight travel; approval of hire and terminations; and approval of LAND Trust Final Reports.

Patron Comments

Jen Buttars, President of the Canyons Education Association, told the Board she attended the National Education Association conference in Dallas, Texas.  While there, she heard David J. Johns, the new Executive Director of White House Initiative on Education Excellence for African-Americans. She also attended workshops that made her think of the many ways that Canyons teachers, administrators and the Board of Education maintain a fierce dedication to helping all students succeed.

Patron Steve Van Maren urged incumbent Board members to run for re-election. 

Administration Reports

Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe thanked the Board for supporting the District’s no idling campaign while crediting Altara Elementary parent Cindy Boyer for suggesting the idea. The District has a responsibility to protect the health of the children it serves, he said, noting that enrollment is projected to double in the next 30 years. Dr. Briscoe also remarked on efforts to improve communication with families involved in the District’s dual-language immersion programs. Responding to a parent survey, the District has adjusted the middle school schedule to allow more flexibility for electives. Administrators have been holding more regular informational meetings with parents, in addition to regular school-based meetings. And parents have organized their own support network. 

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox expressed appreciation for the collegiality of Utah lawmakers who are deliberating hundreds of bills. He made special note of efforts to find a middle ground on SB38, a bill that focuses on charter school funding. Wilcox, who also said that the old Valley High property is being leased by the Larry H. Miller Group, thanked Board secretary Gaylene Halvorsen for her dedication to the school district. Halvorsen this week submitted her retirement papers.   

Board Reports

Chad Iverson reported that he attended the Spelling Bee at Crescent Elementary, as well as the District’s Feb. 20 Ski and Shred night-skiing event at Brighton Ski Resort. He expressed appreciation for Halvorsen and her hard work on behalf of the Board. 

Clareen Arnold expressed appreciation for the crews who worked on the Mount Jordan Middle basketball court after a recent flood in the gymnasium. She also thanked the parents and guardians who attended Parent-Teacher Conferences, and publicly commended Halvorsen for working so diligently for the District and Board.

Board 1st Vice President Steve Wrigley thanked the good teachers in Canyons who inspire students on a daily basis. His own daughter wants to be a teacher because so many educators have been positive influences on her life.  He also thanked Halvorsen. 

Board 2nd Vice President Nancy Tingey reported on a recent meeting with the Board’s Student Advisory Council. The students, she said, gave great input on the operations and the direction of their schools and the District. She also reported on her time at Utah’s Capitol during the 2016 General Session of the Utah Legislature, and said how impressed she is at how much work is done during the session. She also thanked the Scouts who honored the American flag and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Amber Shill thanked Halverson for her years of service. She reported on her recent visits to the Utah Legislature, and also said she attended Brighton High’s production of “The Giver.” Shill invited patrons to a 7 p.m. Town Hall she is hosting with Tingey on Wednesday, March 9 in the media center at Butler Middle School.  

Robert Green said he accompanied Hillcrest High Principal Greg Leavitt and United Way officials on a tour of the new Midvale overflow shelter of The Road Home. He also was pleased to see the Jordan High baseball team on a service project at the St. Vincent De Paul homeless shelter while he was there volunteering. 

President Sherril Taylor expressed appreciation for Halvorsen and her years of dedicated service to Canyons. He also thanked teachers, parents, administrators and Education Support Professionals who have worked so hard in the past seven years to make Canyons a district of regional, state and national distinction.

Draper Elementary students learning Mandarin Chinese have made contact with peers at their sister school learning English from halfway around the world. Fifth-graders in the Mandarin Chinese-English Dual-Language Immersion program participated in a teleconference with students at their newly designated Chinese sister school, Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School in China's Liaoning Province, on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 in the Draper Elementary Media Center.

The event began at 7 p.m. with introductions of Utah and Chinese dignitaries. Draper students spoke in Mandarin Chinese to present about holidays they celebrate in Utah, while thier chinese peers spoke in English to present information about festivals they celebrate in China, chiefly, the spring festival. The students also exchanged questions in English and Mandarin Chinese about culture and life in their respective countries, from what they like to do in their spare time to what they eat for lunch at school.  

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Canyons District students to connect and practice language skills with native-speaking students of their own age at a sister school in China," Canyons Board of Education President Sherril Taylor said. "We appreciate the Legislature's trust in us to pilot the teleconference program, as well as the opportunity and advantages it gives to our Dual-Language Immersion students to dialogue with fellow students in China."

District and Legislative leaders, including Board President Taylor, House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, and Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, were among dignitaries attending the event.

The event was facilitated by Legislative leaders following a trade mission to Liaoning Province, where the state of Utah has enjoyed a 10-year relationship with its Chinese counterpart. Draper Elementary earlier this year became a designated "Confucius Classroom" by China's Education Ministry and the Confucius Institute at the University of Utah. The prestigious honor comes with a $10,000 grant to promote learning of the Mandarin Chinese language and cultural understanding.

"Liaoning is one of the most interesting, productive provinces in China. We're privileged to have such a close relationship with Liaoning and excited to extend that to Utah's schoolchildren,” Senate President Niederhauser said. "I believe the new friendships between Utah students and Shenyang students will last a lifetime, and bear results for generations."

House Speaker Hughes praised the students' participation in the Dual-Language Immersion program, as well as the opportunities the teleconference presents to them. "China has, in recent years, emerged as an economic powerhouse and has strongly signaled that it has no intentions of relinquishing this new role," he said. "Utah's Chinese dual-immersion programs place our students ahead of the curve by providing them with valuable skills that will allow them greater opportunity in the challenging and changing world they are inheriting."

Legislative leaders plan to facilitate future teleconferences between Utah Dual-Language Immersion students and peers at sister schools abroad. Canyons would serve as a model in this regard.

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Draper Elementary Dual-Language Immersion Teleconference with Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School Nov. 16, 2015
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Draper Elementary Dual-Language Immersion Teleconference with Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School Nov. 16, 2015
Draper Elementary Dual-Language Immersion Teleconference with Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School Nov. 16, 2015
Draper Elementary Dual-Language Immersion Teleconference with Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School Nov. 16, 2015
Draper Elementary Dual-Language Immersion Teleconference with Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School Nov. 16, 2015
Draper Elementary Dual-Language Immersion Teleconference with Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School Nov. 16, 2015
Draper Elementary Dual-Language Immersion Teleconference with Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School Nov. 16, 2015
Draper Elementary Dual-Language Immersion Teleconference with Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School Nov. 16, 2015
Draper Elementary Dual-Language Immersion Teleconference with Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School Nov. 16, 2015
Draper Elementary Dual-Language Immersion Teleconference with Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School Nov. 16, 2015
Draper Elementary Dual-Language Immersion Teleconference with Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School Nov. 16, 2015
Draper Elementary Dual-Language Immersion Teleconference with Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School Nov. 16, 2015
Draper Elementary Dual-Language Immersion Teleconference with Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School Nov. 16, 2015
Draper Elementary Dual-Language Immersion Teleconference with Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School Nov. 16, 2015
Draper Elementary Dual-Language Immersion Teleconference with Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School Nov. 16, 2015
Draper Elementary Dual-Language Immersion Teleconference with Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School Nov. 16, 2015
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  • Draper Elementary Dual-Language Immersion Teleconference with  Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School Nov. 16, 2015
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  • Draper Elementary Dual-Language Immersion Teleconference with  Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School Nov. 16, 2015
  • Draper Elementary Dual-Language Immersion Teleconference with  Shenyang Wanghulu Primary School Nov. 16, 2015
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