McCandless, an instructor at the University of Utah's Urban Institute for Teacher Education, is scheduling visits with school communities to receive patron and employee feedback regarding the qualities and characteristics the new superintendent should possess. Stakeholder meetings will be held throughout October and part of November. Input received at the meetings will inform the Canyons Superintendent job posting, which is expected to be issued at the outset of 2014.
"Ms. McCandless brings to the superintendent search process a wealth of knowledge about public education leadership and Canyons School District," Board President Sherril Taylor said. "We as a Board of Education look forward to working with her in this important endeavor."
Former Canyons Superintendent Dr. David Doty resigned effective June 30, 2013 to take a job with an education reform firm. The Board appointed Dr. Ginger Rhode, who had been serving as Canyons' Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer, to lead the District as Interim Superintendent.
The deadline to submit an application is Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.
Also, families who have questions about the programs are invited to attend a Parent Information Night on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 at the Canyons Support Services Center, 9361 S. 300 East. The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Professional Development Center.
CSD is home to eight Dual Immersion Language Programs: Mandarin Chinese-English programs are at Draper, Lone Peak and Ridgecrest elementary schools; French-English programs are at Butler and Oak Hollow elementary schools; and Spanish-English classes are taught at Alta View, Silver Mesa and Midvale elementary schools.
All programs, except for the Midvale program, are for students entering first grade for the 2014-2015 school year. The Midvale Spanish-English dual-language immersion program is for students entering kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year.
A lottery will be held to determine entrance into the programs if the number of applications is greater than the number of space available in the classes.
Questions? Call the CSD Evidence-Based Learning Department at 801-826-5045.
To provide a greater level of customer service to families, Canyons District has launched a mobile app for lunch and breakfast menus.
The free app shows each day’s menu for lunch and breakfast, as well as photos and descriptions of the food, nutritional information, and calorie and carb counts.
The fun-to-look-at app is available for iPhones, iPads and Android phones.
In addition to the mobile app, the Nutrition Services menus on our Web site have a colorful, new look.
Parents can still see what's being served in our lunchrooms throughout the month — but much more information is being included about the food.
More than 200 parents, teachers, students and members of the community attended the Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 event. Dignitaries included Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan, members of the Sandy City Council, and Draper Mayor Darrell Smith, who attended the school as a teenager.
To the cheers of the crowd, Mount Jordan Principal Molly Hart hopped into a giant machine with a claw that was poised to pull down part of the wall to her old office. “Dr. Hart,” Board member Tracy Scott Cowdell said from the microphone, “pull down that wall.” With the flip of a few levers, the first whack was taken at the 59-year-old building. After that first swipe at the building, dignitaries then grabbed golden-painted shovels, donned hard hats and did the ceremonial turning of the dirt on the new building, which is expected to be completed in fall 2015.
Wilcox was appointed to the position Sept. 17, 2013 by a unanimous vote of the Board of Education.
Wilcox is a seasoned professional with 20 years of governmental accounting experience, with an emphasis on financial reporting, budgeting, and auditing. As Canyons District' Director of Accounting from 2009-2013, Wilcox was intricately involved with the 2009 division of $1.5 billion in assets of the former Jordan School District, and was responsible for establishing Canyons' original and subsequent budgets. Wilcox, a certified public accountant who earned bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from Utah State University, also has worked nine years in the Granite School District and six years in the State Auditor's Office.
Board members lauded Wilcox's management of the District's daily financial transactions of Canyons School District, and praised his leadership in securing AAA bond ratings from Fitch Ratings and Moody's Investors Service within the past week.
"We're very confident in the job that you're doing," Board Member Kim Horiuchi said.
Wilcox replaces CFO and General Counsel Keith Bradford, who now works as a management consultant for the District.