The Canyons Board of Education and the Canyons Education Association are pleased to announce a tentative agreement regarding licensed-educator compensation for the 2018-2019 school year. The contract, a 5.67 percent boost to CSD educator compensation, is the result of extensive good-faith negotiations between the CEA and the District Administration. The salary and benefits package provides both across-the-board salary increases and one-time bonuses, continuing Canyons District’s investment in a stated commitment to attracting and retaining highly skilled, innovative, and engaged educators. Under the contract, the District agrees to a 2.5 percent, or $1,335, cost-of-living increase in addition to advancing every teacher a $900-per-year increment level on the salary schedule. Combined, the increase to the base contract will be $2,235. Also, in November, all full-time CSD teachers will receive a $500 one-time bonus, and veteran educators with continuous service with the District prior to July 1, 1998 will receive an additional $500 one-time bonus. The District will increase its share of health-insurance premiums by 3 percent, regardless of the employee’s chosen insurance plan.  Employees on the traditional plan will see a 3 percent increase; employees on the high-deductible plan will not experience any increase. The Board of Education approved the tentative agreement in a public meeting Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Members of the Canyons Education Association are in the process of voting on the tentative agreement. The Board of Education, Administration and CEA appreciate the collaboration and dedication of all parties to reach an agreement on the contract, and look forward to its implementation.
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Teacher of the Year Announcement

The Board of Education honored Corner Canyon High teacher Amber Rogers, who was selected as the 2018 Canyons District Teacher of the Year. As the District’s top teacher, Rogers received $1,000 cash from the Canyons Education Foundation and other gifts and prizes from community partners. The second-place finisher was Lena Wood, a teacher at Midvale Middle, who is CSD’s Middle School Teacher of the Year. Third-place, and the District’s selection as Elementary School Teacher of the Year, is Alta View’s Jamie Richardson. Forty-three other teachers — one from every school in Canyons District — were honored and received a crystal award at a ceremony held in the Professional Development Center of the Canyons Administration Building-East. All Canyons school Teachers of the Year also received two complimentary tickets to the Saturday, June 2 Real Salt Lake Game. That night, Canyons District Night at Rio Tinto Stadium, the teachers will be introduced during half-time. Discount tickets to the game will be available for the community. 

Bond-Project Update

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox updated the Board of Education on the progress of the projects scheduled to be completed with proceeds from the $283 million tax-rate-neutral bond approved by voters in November. Groundbreaking events for the two-year major renovation at Alta High, projected to cost $45.6 million; and the three-year rebuilds of Hillcrest and Brighton high schools, both projected to cost $98 million, are being planned for spring or early summer. Some $9 million in “daylighting” remodels at Brookwood, Park Lane and Silver Mesa elementary schools, as well as the classrooms at Corner Canyon High, may start this summer or fall 2018, depending on contract approvals. The construction dates of promised natural-light improvements at Altara, Canyon View, Crescent, East Midvale, East Sandy, Quail Hollow, Bell View, Lone Peak, Oak Hollow, Ridgecrest, Sprucewood, and Willow Springs elementary schools will be announced at a later date. According to the proposed construction schedule, Canyons would start at least one new school every year from now until 2024. The identified elementary school projects —Midvalley, Peruvian Park, a White City-area school and a new west Draper — are expected to take 15 months to complete. The Board has yet to decide which elementary-school project will be done first. Reconstruction work at Union Middle, the sole middle school on the reconstruction list with bond funds, would start in 2021 and end in 2023.  In anticipation of increasing labor and material costs, Wilcox presented budgeting ideas to the Board to ensure projects were completed without increasing the tax rate.  

Consent Agenda

The Board approved the Consent Agenda, which included minutes from the April 10, 2018 meeting of the Board of Education; hire and termination reports; purchasing bids; requests for overnight student travel; March financial reports; LAND Trust plans; and fee schedules for the 2018-2019 school year.
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Hillcrest High Rebuild

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox and Hillcrest High Principal Greg Leavitt joined architects in presenting the plans for a rebuild of Hillcrest High to be funded with proceeds from a bond approved by voters in November 2017. The upgrades will be completed in phases over three years to allow students to stay in the building, and are being undertaken with safety and security foremost in mind. A priority of the new plan is to improve traffic flow, making it easier for students, employees, and visitors to safely enter and exit the campus. The Main Office will be located on the ground floor and have an unobstructed view of the building entrance. The footprint is such that administrators will have a clear line of sight of the full length of the school. Doors in the stairwells leading classroom wings can be automatically locked down to stop intruders. 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 contribute to a culture of transparency at the school. They are configured in such a way that they will also preserve safety zones in the classrooms. The existing stadium will be preserved, but among major improvements are a new field house and performing arts facilities. There will be an Open House on Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m. where community members can get a closer look at the plans. Construction is expected to start this summer.

Advanced Mathematics Pathway

The Board of Education voted to approve a sixth-grade mathematics offering for advanced learners. The new offering, a mix of in-class and online instruction, would provide an opportunity for all sixth-grade students to participate without having to “test into” the program. Then, if the students successfully completed the class and scored at least an 80 percent on a final assessment, then they could take the Honors Math class with eighth-graders while still in their seventh-grade year. Presently, only students who qualify for an advanced math program can take advantage of a “zero period.” Instructional Supports Director Dr. Amber Roderick-Landward was asked to report on the program in a year.

Nutrition Services Proposal

The Board received information on the expected costs to provide school meals in the 2019-2020 school year. While costs for school meals would stay the same for 2018-2019, increased staff and food costs may require consideration of a slight increase in 2019-2020. The proposal would call for a 25-cent per meal increase for lunches and a 10-cent increase for breakfast meals at elementary schools and 15-cent increase for breakfasts at middle and high schools. This would be the first increase for school-meal prices since the District’s inception in 2009, even though Canyons’ Nutrition Services costs have consistently gone up. This year, to attract and keep workers, the District provided a salary increase for some Nutrition Services employees. While this helped, it did not solve the worker-shortage problem in school cafeterias. In 2013-2014, CSD spent $5.1 million on food. Two years later, the cost had gone up $500,000 and has gone up every year since, including this school year. 

Preschool Program Update

Early Childhood Education Administrator Terri Mitchell told the Board that 745 students are enrolled in our curriculum-based preschool programs. Some 436 of those receive Special Education services, and 107 are enrolled in the free Title I programs. The remainder are tuition-paying students.  Two new classrooms were added this year, and the program plans to add three more next year. 


The following students and staff were recognized for their achievements: 
  • Hillcrest student Kara Komarnitsky, Sterling Scholar, Dance Category
  • Corner Canyon High’s Cheer Squad, winners, Small Varsity Division I of the 2018 UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Fla.
  • Corner Canyon High senior Emily Arthur, who gained competitive entrance to the Aggie Elevated program for students with disabilities
  • Hillcrest teacher Marde Brunson, the FCCLA State Advisor of the Year
  • Hillcrest teacher Emily Grass, the DECA New Advisor of the Year
  • Hillcrest Drill Team Coach Brenda Searle, 6A Drill Team Coach of the Year
Disciplinary Fines

A proposed restorative justice model may provide structure for schools to reinforce behavioral standards in Canyons District schools, especially for truancies, disorderly conduct or drug or alcohol possession violations. This entails imposing fines for various transgressions. First-time offenders could have the monetary penalties waived if they agreed to attend intervention programs. The fines range from $25 to $50. The proposal comes after widespread juvenile-justice changes, which have made it difficult for authorities to impose sanctions for on-campus infractions. 

LAND Trust Plans

The Board of Education was presented with the LAND Trust plans created by Canyons District schools. The plans, which are reviewed and approved by members of the Board, include each school's Comprehensive School Improvement Plan. The Board was asked to approve each plan by the end of April. 

Consent Agenda

The Board of Education approved the consent agenda, which includes the minutes of the March 27, 2018 meeting of the Board; hiring and termination reports; purchasing bids; and student overnight travel requests.

Fee Schedule

Canyons District is not proposing any increases to fees for middle and high school students for the 2018-2019 school year. This information was presented to the Board by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bob Dowdle. 

Location of Portables

The Board of Education approved the placement of two portable classrooms at Albion Middle, one at Quail Hollow Elementary and two at the Canyons Technical Education Center. 

Patron Comment

Speaking on behalf of Midvale City, Laura Magness, the city’s communications specialist, expressed appreciation to the Board for the new Hillcrest High. She lauded the design of the building, which focuses on optimizing student learning while also having security measures. 

Betty Shaw, immediate past director of Region 17 PTA, thanked the Board and Administration for being responsive to the needs of the schools and community.

Pledge of Allegiance

Boys Scouts who attend Lone Peak Elementary posted the colors and led the audience in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Lone Peak Elementary Principal Tracy Stacy delivered the reverence.

Superintendent and Business Administrator Reports

Superintendent Briscoe reported on attending the Region 17 PTA Spring Training.  He thanked the patrons who serve in all capacities in the District. 

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox reported that Board secretary Denise Haycock is transferring to the Office of External Affairs. She has accepted the position of the Development Officer for the Canyons Education Foundation. He also recognized Hillcrest Principal Greg Leavitt for his hard work on the designs of the new building. He also mentioned the school’s response to provide counseling supports in the wake of the two deaths of student deaths over spring recess.

Board Reports

Mr. Chad Iverson expressed condolences to the family and friends of the students who died in a rollover accident near Littlefield, Ariz. 

Mrs. Nancy Tingey said she had the opportunity to attend the National School Boards Association Meeting where she picked up many inspiring ideas. She also attended Albion Middle’s announcement of Teacher of the Year.

Mr. Mont Millerberg said he attended the NSBA annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. He expressed condolences to the family and friends of the two Hillcrest students who were fatally injured over Spring Recess. In addition, he lauded Principal Greg Leavitt for his work on the designs of the new Hillcrest High. He also mentioned being able to attend several Teacher of the Year announcements. 

Mrs. Amber Shill reported on attending Butler Middle’s Teacher of the Year announcement and Talent Show, and the National School Boards Association conference.

Mr. Steve Wrigley also reflected on the NSBA conference. He reported on serving as a substitute teacher, learning about the “Leader in Me” program, and encouraged the community to attend an upcoming autism training. 

President Sherril Taylor commended central office staff and administrators, and remarked on the transformation that is taking hold as schools are rebuilt and upgraded.
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Midvale Elementary Comprehensive Restructuring Proposal

Midvale Elementary Principal Chip Watts was joined by a group of teachers to speak in support of the Midvale Elementary Comprehensive Restructuring Proposal, which was drafted to address the Title I school’s failing grade in the state’s school-grading system. The Board of Education approved the $174,978 restructuring plan. The plan calls for a split of Midvale administrative roles so one assistant principal can focus on academics and another on the provision of mental-health and emotional supports.  It also assigns teachers to specific content areas; restructures the schedule to maximize instructional time; and provides financial support for teachers and staff to make visit to student homes. The school also seeks to expand and strengthen the Dual Language Immersion Program. 

Land Sale, Purchase

The Board of Education approved the sale of District-owned land at 11500 S. Lone Peak Parkway for $6,749,099. This 13-acre parcel was previously acquired as a potential site of an elementary school in west Draper. However, Business Administrator Leon Wilcox told the Board of Education, the land is not ideal because it’s not located in the part of the District where growth is expected to occur. In addition, he said, there would be limited access points and construction would require significant earthwork to remediate the west slope. To be prepared for expected student growth, though, the Board also voted to purchase 11.7 acres on the west side of the train tracks as a potential site for an elementary school, which was identified as a priority at the time of the November passage of the $283 million bond. The newly purchased land, costing $4,872,000, is at 11900 S. 550 West. The property is adjacent to a five-acre city park and will have more access points for ingress and egress. Building costs also would be lower because not as much earthwork or remediation would be required for construction, Wilcox said.


The Board of Education honored the following for their achievements: 
  • Canyons Board of Education President Sherril H. Taylor, who was named 2018 Outstanding Local Elected Official by Sandy City
  • The Bionic Porcupines, made up of students at Butler and Midvale middle schools, Alta High, and the Beehive Science and Technology Academy.  The group won the 2018 Northern Utah State First Lego League
  • Boys and girls basketball players who were named to the Utah High School Activities Association’s Academic All-State roster. The girls hoops players include Brighton High’s Sidney Kaufmann and Macy Raddon, Corner Canyon High’s Hannah Sanderson and Nicole Critchfield and Jordan High’s Peyton Naylor. On the boys’ teams, honorees included Hillcrest’s Bassel Tekarli and Brighton’s Adam Christensen.

Legislative Update

Public Engagement Coordinator Susan Edwards updated the Board on education-related bills that are being debated in the final days of the 2018 General Session of the Utah Legislature, which ends at midnight on Thursday, March 8. Representatives from Canyons will be at Capitol Hill to monitor discussions and provide information to legislators until the end of the session.

Policy Update

Assistant Legal Counsel Jeff Christensen discussed proposed changes to policies governing employees in public office, particularly the state legislature; termination of employment; reporting of child abuse; and release-time classes for religious instruction. These changes have been discussed by the District’s Policy Committee. The Board will review the proposed changes. 

Meeting Schedule for the Board of Education

The Board of Education reviewed a proposed schedule for Board study sessions and business meetings from July 2018 to June 2019.

Pledge of Allegiance, Reverence

The American and state flags were posted by Webelos Pack 3430, the members of which attend Peruvian Park Elementary. The reverence was given by Jenny Dompier, a teacher and administrative intern at Peruvian Park Elementary.  Principal Leslie Jewkes announced Peruvian Park Elementary is being considered as a U.S. Department of Education Blue-Ribbon School. Jewkes said that although Peruvian Park is a site of a SALTA magnet program for advanced learners, the faculty, staff and volunteers have worked hard to build a “one-school” culture.   

Consent Agenda

The Board of Education approved the consent agenda, including the minutes of the Feb. 20, 2018 meeting of the Board of Education; hire and termination reports; purchasing bids; and requests for student overnight travel. 

Superintendent, Business Administrator Reports

Canyons Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe thanked the Board for supporting the Midvale Elementary Comprehensive Restructuring Proposal. Dr. Briscoe reported on attending the FIRST Robotics state competition on the Maverik Center on Friday and Saturday and the final 5A boys basketball game on Saturday at the University of Utah.He congratulated Corner Canyon for their second-place finish in the Utah High School Activities Association tourney. 

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox thanked Canyons representatives who are working at Capitol Hill during the legislative session. He also thanked the teachers who worked hard to connect with parents during Parent-Teacher Conferences and honored his son’s teacher for being recognized as part of KSL-TV Channel 5’s “Teacher Feature.” 

Board Member Reports

Board First Vice President Mrs. Nancy Tingey remarked on the award won by the Bionic Porcupines and how they were known for being good problem solvers. She encouraged students to focus on being problem solvers instead of always reflecting on what they would “like to be” when they grow up. Mrs. Tingey also commented on attending the unveiling the Sacred Murals project at Brighton High. It’s the fifth such mural to be completed in Canyons District. 

Mr. Steve Wrigley spent some time visiting several high schools and noted how Midvale Elementary’s Dual Language Immersion model might also benefit non-native English speakers at the high school level. He also remarked on how attendance is dropping at Parent-Teacher Conferences and asked whether there might be a better way to conduct them. He also attended the unveiling of Brighton High’s Sacred Images Mural and participated in Dr. Seuss Day at Oakdale Elementary.

Mr. Mont Millerberg expressed appreciation to the Midvale teachers who are invested in the Midvale Elementary school-turnaround plan. He also reported on the changes to the design of the Hillcrest High reconstruction to enhance security measures. He expressed a desire to build schools “as safe as we can make them.” 

Mr. Chad Iverson asked if the Board could engage in a future conversation about the structure of Parent-Teacher Conferences.

President Taylor noted the importance of recognizing student and staff achievements as the Board does at its regular meetings. He also thanked his wife, Pat, for her support since his election to the Board of Education in 2004. He also announced that he will not be seeking re-election in November and encouraged engaged citizens to consider running for the Precinct No. 6 seat on the Board of Education. Taylor, an inaugural member of the Canyons Board of Education, reflected on the work done to launch Canyons, and thanked the teachers, principals, staff and parents for helping create a world-class school district. He pledged to represent his constituents with fidelity until the last day of his term.
Note: Recordings and documents for agenda items can be accessed via BoardDocs by clicking on the corresponding agenda items.

Midvale Elementary Comprehensive Restructuring Proposal

Midvale Elementary Principal Chip Watts presented the Midvale Elementary Comprehensive Restructuring Proposal, which was created to address the Title I school’s failing grade in the state’s school-grading system. Watts said the proposed restructuring plan, which would cost $174,978, would expand the Dual Language Immersion Program at the school; restructure how the administrators work at the school; maximize instructional time; assign teachers to specific content areas; and strengthen relationships between teachers and families. Board member Mont Millerberg, who represents Midvale, urged more parent participation in the restructuring plan. He also asked to be a part of the committee to put into place the improvement blueprint.

Recreation Center Partnership

The Board of Education approved an interlocal agreement with Salt Lake County for improvements to a South Mountain-area recreation center that will serve as the pool for Corner Canyon High swim teams. The center will be funded by the Zoo, Arts and Parks tax approved by voters in November 2016. Canyons will contribute $1.3 million that will fund additional deck space, bleachers and a scoreboard. CSD also will pay an annual $6,000 maintenance and operations fee.  Construction is expected is take two years. However, the Board passed the agreement with one caveat:  The county must strike a line requiring the District to pay a lane fee at the pool. 

Trail System Expansion

The Board considered granting an easement to Salt Lake County that would be used to complete a ZAP-tax-funded pedestrian trail system through Sandy and White City. This easement would run along the west side of Edgemont’s property line. The Board directed the Administration to work with Principal Cathy Schino to present the proposal with Edgemont’s School Community Council and seek input from parents. Feedback from the community would be brought back to the Board for review.

Legislative Update

Public Engagement Coordinator Susan Edwards updated the Board on progress with key pieces of education-related bills being weighed during the 2018 General Session of the Utah Legislature.  

Graduation Requirements

The Board agreed to allow Canyons District’s high schools to advertise 24-credit diplomas as an option in registration handbooks, provided the handboks include language from the District’s policy manual, which makes clear that the 24-credit diploma is “available for extenuating circumstances upon administrative approval” subject to several guidelines.

Sixth-Grade Math Pathway

Instructional Supports Department Director Dr. Amber Roderick-Landward described a proposal to update the secondary math pathway to encourage more sixth-grade students to pursue advanced courses through middle and high school. The Board will take up the matter again at a future meeting.


The Board of Education recognized the following students, faculty and staff:
  • Jordan Thomas, Alta High, winner of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Leadership Award from the University of Utah
  • Brayden Stevens, Brighton High, 5A state wrestling champion in the 152-pound weight class
  • Kade Carlson, Corner Canyon High, 5A state wrestling champion in 220-pound weight class
  • Brighton High swimming coach Todd Etherington, Utah High School Activities Association’s 5A Coach of the Year
  • Jack Binder, Brighton High, first place 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard free relay, 5A State Championship
  • Rachel Butler, Brighton High, first place, 200-yard individual medley, 5A State Championship
  • Taua Fitisemanu, Brighton High, member of the 200-yard medley relay, 5A State Championship
  • Chase Miyagishima, Brighton High, member of 200-yard medley relay, 5A State Championship
  • Quentin Tyler, Brighton High, member of 200-yard medley relay, 5A State Championship
  • Eric Wagner, Brighton High, member of 200-yard freestyle relay, 5A State Championship
Career and Technical Education Update

CTE Director Janet Goble updated the Board on technical-education programs in Canyons District. Goble noted the success of the Canyons Technical Education Center’s Diesel Technology Program, which has received a certification from the Associated Equipment Distributors, an international trade association.  Only one other high school in the U.S. has earned this certification. The program has received more than $100,000 from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development as part of an initiative to train more diesel technicians in the state.  She also mentioned the Medical Innovations Pathway program at Jordan High, which trains students for entry-level industry jobs and prepares them for post-secondary education in the medical field.  Goble also announced that CSD has been selected to start working with Salt Lake Community College in an IT Pathways initiative that was announced by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and supported by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.  The aim is to train students for high-demand jobs in the high-tech sector. Firms at Silicone Slopes, including Dell, DOMO, Instructure, Xactware, and Instructure, have committed to providing internship and job-shadow opportunities for students. CSD is the only District in Salt Lake Valley to have been selected for the pilot program. She said 2,500 CSD students are taking computer-science courses, and mentioned apprenticeships, such as the ones provided at Hunt Electric, Inc., for CSD students. In all, she said, 1,756 Canyons students participate in CTE student organizations like DECA, HOSA, and FBLA and 1,685 earned industry credentials.

Pledge of Allegiance, Posting of the Colors

Students at Midvale Middle student officers led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Midvale Middle Principal Mindy Robison gave the reverence, reminding the audience of the importance of setting and achieving goals. She invited the public to visit the new school, which opened this year. Midvale Middle, home to SALTA, Middle Years International Baccalaureate, and Dual Language Immersion programs, has 910 students, and 68 percent of them qualify for free- or reduced-price lunches. Twenty percent are English Language Learners, and the school services many students who are living temporarily at The Road Home homeless shelter in Midvale. Robison lauded her faculty and staff for their dedication to student achievement. 

Consent Agenda

The Board approved the Consent Agenda, which includes the minutes from the meeting of the Board of Education on Feb. 6, 2018; hire and termination reports; purchasing bids; student overnight travel requests; January Financial Reports; LAND Trust amendment for Alta High; Digital Citizenship Resolution; and a cell-tower contract at Ridgecrest Elementary. 

Superintendent and Business Administrator Reports

Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe congratulated CTE Director Janet Goble and her team on a successful CTE Month. He also congratulated President Sherril Taylor for winning the City of Sandy’s Outstanding Local Elected Official Award. He thanked the Board for spending a significant amount of time during the Board meeting discussing how the District can boost student achievement.  He also told the Board he would follow up on concerns expressed during Patron Comment about CSD’s ABS units. He urged students and teachers to be vigilant to what’s happening on campus so we can keep school communities safe. He also encouraged parents to be aware of what their children are doing, saying, and posting on social media. 

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox updated the Board on additions to the bus fleet and thanked the Facilities Department for clearing the sidewalks and parking lots after last night’s snow storm.  He noted the District’s efforts to keep students, teachers, principals and staff safe at school. 

Board Member Reports

President Taylor said he accepted the award from Sandy City on behalf of the District and its hard-working employees.  He also thanked Goble and her team for their efforts in CTE. 

Mr. Mont Millerberg congratulated Taylor on his award. He thanked the Board members for their support of the schools in Midvale.

Mr. Steve Wrigley lauded the District for its updated Incident Command Manual and the mental-health supports provided to students. He reported on visits he had with the new Sandy mayor and councilmembers. He thanked Board members Amber Shill and Nancy Tingey for their work on Capitol Hill during the 2018 General Session of the Utah Legislature.

Mrs. Amber Shill reported on attending the production “Shrek” at Albion Middle.  She also congratulated Taylor for receiving the award, and said she appreciated the robust conversation of board members on difficult topics. She thanked CSD employees for their hard work.

Mrs. Nancy Tingey thanked Board members for their commitment and dedication to the District.  She reported on attending a meeting with the Student Advisory Council, the Albion Middle musical, and the PTA Day on the Hill. She also congratulated Taylor on his award, and expressed thoughts on the importance of safety at schools.   

Mrs. Clareen Arnold says she is thankful for the positive and thorough input given by Board members in discussions about important subjects. She thanked the departments that keep the schools running, and said she looks forward to working on the Emergency Preparedness Committee so CSD can continue to hone emergency plans.

Mr. Chad Iverson also said he prays for the continued safety of our students.
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