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Without Gary Hansen and the Purchasing Services Department, there would not be any crayons for coloring, computers in the classroom or toilet paper in the bathrooms. In fact, there wouldn’t be any school buildings at all.

Those are just some of the things the Purchasing Services Department obtains for the District — but, really, there isn’t anything in all of Canyons’ schools and buildings that doesn’t include the Purchasing Services Department.

Hansen recently received the 2014 Professional Public Manager of the Year Award for Outstanding Public Service from the Utah Chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing. Also, in honor of National Procurement Month, which takes place in March every year, Gov. Gary Herbert declared March 16-22 as Purchasing Recognition Week.

“I’ve been in procurement now for 25 years, with only the last nine years being in school districts,” Hansen says as he talks about his award. “But the most important thing I like about my job is I get the opportunity on a weekly basis to see that my team and I have made a difference.”

Hansen isn’t one to toot his own horn, but he acknowledges the enormity of overseeing all of the District’s purchases, and making sure that transactions are conducted legally and transparently. For Hansen, that means working all day and many nights and weekends. The stakes are high — not only for the needs of the students and professionals in Canyons District, but for the legal requirements that change frequently and have stiff consequences, including jail time, if they are broken.

“The law tells us exactly what we can do, and it’s different than what we would do in our own personal purchases,” Hansen says. The purpose of the strict laws is to give everyone an opportunity to do business with a government entity that operates on public funds, Hansen says. The process is sometimes lengthy — purchases over $2,000 require an open process that allows vendors to compete for the District’s business.

From July 2014, to March, Hansen’s department has purchased 144,000 crayons, 25,308 rolls of toilet paper and 239,102,070 sheets of paper. The purchasing staff members have helped 1,775 students with travel arrangements, audited $3.3 million in purchasing card transactions and executed over $20 million in construction contracts — all while saving more than $5 million. In the last several years the department has purchased some 26,000 iPads, Chrome books, Apple and PC computers.

“We are here to answer questions and we’re here to support the mission of the District,” Hansen says. “We will get you the right product at the right price at the right time. … Students need to have what students need to have. We can’t be without computers and we can’t be without toilet paper. We make those things happen with transparency.”

Show some deserving and low-income high school students some love — with scholarship money. The Canyons Education Foundation, which successfully generates and allocates resources to help Canyons District teachers and students, has launched a new campaign to raise money for student scholarships. 
 
As part of that campaign, today, Thursday, March 26 the Canyons Education Foundation is joining the "Love Utah Give Utah" campaign — 24 hours of unprecedented giving. Any money that comes to the Foundation during “Love Utah, Give Utah” will go toward student scholarships. 

This year, Canyons District counselors, parents and teachers endeavored to help some 83 percent of high school seniors submit a viable college application. Now, the Foundation is asking for assistance from the community to remove the financial barriers that prohibit some students from even attempting to go to college. The need is evident: Thirty percent of Canyons students quality under the poverty index for free or reduced-price lunches.

Still, more and more Canyons students are working hard to become academically ready for college. An estimated 71 percent of graduating seniors last year earned a unique-to-Canyons District Advanced or Honors diploma, which means they went above and beyond the state graduation requirements. That’s an increase of 4 percentage points from the number of college- and career-ready diplomas earned by the Class of 2013, and 11 percentage points more than the number earned by the Class of 2011.
 
Click here to join the love — and help send a kid to college.

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The purpose of this page is to help schools in conducting the affairs of the school community council on their school websites. At the request of Superintendent Briscoe, this website will serve as a guidance for Canyons School District schools in posting SCC information on the school websites. Each school, by law, must post the following informaiton on their school websites.

For specific training posting content on your school website please contact the district This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

School Community Council Training Modules


While each school has the right to display their SCC information in whatever fashion they choose, the district Communications Web Manager has created a very simple template that makes the SCC websites easy to update and maintain. Here is the sample single-page template: 

Single-page SCC Template

The following 10 items are required by law to be on your school website:

Item # 1 and #2: SCC Members names and contact information

Each SCC member’s name and respective role (parent, employee, or administrator) should be listed with either an email address or a phone number of that member’s direct contact.

Item #3: Proposed meeting schedule for the year

The dates of SCC meetings scheduled for the current (2014-15) school year must be posted, even if the meetings are listed elsewhere (i.e. on a calendar).  Meetings may be rescheduled, added, or cancelled during the year provided proper public notice is given. (See items 5 & 6). The location and time should be noted, as well.

Item #4: Prior year report

This is the final LAND Trust Plan from the previous year.  It may be a summary of last year’s plan or a link to the report posted on the state LAND Trust website.

Item #5 and #6: Notice of meetings and Agendas

Public notice of the meeting date, time, location and agenda (or link to the agenda) of each SCC meeting must be posted on the school website one week prior to the meeting. This can be on the main page, calendar of upcoming events or on the SCC page.

Item #7: Minutes

SCCs are required to have meeting minutes for the last 3 years posted on the school website. These should be updated in a timely manner after each meeting.  As was discussed in training, “draft minutes” can be posted soon after each meeting and then added to the list of “approved minutes” after the SCC votes to approve them.

Item #8: Opportunities for Parents to Serve

Schools may create and post a unique statement. The following statement also includes the money received information (see Item #9):

“The School Community Council (SCC) is comprised of parents, school employees, and the principal.  The Council has statutory responsibilities to develop the School Improvement and LAND Trust plans which are focused on increasing student achievement in our school and may include provisions for professional development.  Throughout the school year, the SCC reviews school data, identifies academic needs, sets measurable goals, establishes action steps to reach those goals, and evaluates success of the plans.  This gives parents and school employees opportunity to be involved in the decision making process at the local school level.

The SCC is responsible for determining how the LAND Trust funds are used in our school.  When Utah was granted Statehood, parcels of land were placed in a perpetual Trust with the children of Utah as beneficiaries.  Revenues from these lands go into the Permanent State School Fund. The dividends and interest of that fund are distributed annually to each public school in Utah.  Our school received $$$$$ during the xxxx-xx school year.

Additionally the SCC serves as an advisory council to the school and district administration as well as the Canyons District Board of Education. In this role, an SCC fosters communication between the school and the community on local school issues.  The School Community Council is a vital partner in fulfilling the mission of Canyons School District: Every student will graduate college-and-career ready.”

Item #9: Amount of money the SCC received for this school year

A minimal statement such as the following sentence may be posted:

“X School received $25,677 in School LAND Trust monies for the 2014-15 school year.”

Item#10: Rules of Order and Procedure:

SCCs are required to adopt rules of order and procedure. Many schools have copied them off of the state website.  Please note: THE STATE EXAMPLE HAS BEEN RECENTLY REVISED.  It is important that the SCC actually adopts the rules they are functioning under and that these rules are available at each SCC meeting.  An SCC may create, adopt, and function under Bylaws which include rules of order and procedure, or choose to use basic parliamentary procedure as defined in Roberts Rules of Order. Updated Rules of Order and Procedure from State example is provided as attachment.
Three phenomenal Canyons District athletes and one record-breaking football game have been nominated by the State Sports Commission for top honors in the Governor's State of Sport Awards. Winners are determined by an online vote.

The epic, triple-overtime Jordan 'Diggers vs. Brighton Bengals football game, which resulted in a high-as-a-basketball-game score of 78-76, has been nominated by the State Sports Commission as the Athletic Event of the Year. Last year’s winner was the University of Utah’s football team for its winning play against No. 5 Stanford.

Click here to vote for the game as the state's athletic event highlight of the year.

In the category of High School Male Athlete, Colton Shaver, Jordan's High standout baseball player; Jordan Kafentzis, the Diggers' record-setting quarterback and state javelin champion; and Osa Masina, Brighton's five-star gridiron star who also makes big plays on the hoops court, are three of the six nominees.

Click here to vote for one of these outstanding student athletes.

The 7-9 p.m. awards ceremony is Tuesday, April 21 at EnergySolutions Arena.
New Elementary Schedule Adopted

Following recommendations from task force of elementary school teachers and months of discussion, the Board unanimously approved a new elementary school schedule that will restore early-out Fridays and provide teachers with the tools they need to help ensure success for every student. The schedule will be implemented in the 2015-2016 school year.

The schedule stemmed from a proposal crafted by the Elementary Schedule Task Force, which included teachers from each of CSD's 29 elementary schools and Jordan Valley School. The Task Force has met since December to gather information, problem-solve, and receive feedback from colleagues to develop a schedule that fully supports elementary school communities and ensures students are on track to becoming college- and career-ready. The schedule is supported by 87 percent of elementary school teachers, survey data has shown.

Board member Chad Iverson praised the process as inclusive and thorough, collaborative and exciting for teachers.

The new schedule will give teachers time during the school day to collaborate to ensure each student succeeds. Trained specialists will provide curriculum-based instruction in areas such as physical education, arts or music while teachers meet to collaborate and plan their instructional strategies.

Early-out days will be held on Fridays only. School will not release early on other days during short weeks in which classes are not held on Fridays. During such times, collaboration and planning time for teachers will be adjusted as appropriate.

Second Vice President Nancy Tingey said the reduction in instructional time must be replaced with higher-quality instructional time. She also sought assurances that collaboration and planning time will be used effectively, and that specialists will provide high-quality, well planned, standards-based instruction and work closely with classroom teachers to ensure student achievement.

"This is an investment in moving forward student achievement," Tingey said. "All of this is about helping our students to use these elementary years to lay a strong foundation for their educational experience. "

The new schedule refines elementary education improvement efforts. The 2014-2015 elementary school schedule was adjusted as part of the 2014-2015 teachers contract approved by the Canyons Education Association and ratified by the Canyons Board of Education. The schedule eliminated early-out Fridays to improve teacher planning and instruction, but it had unintended consequences for parents and teachers. The Task Force's recommendations aimed to address issues that arose with this year's schedule.

Alternative High School Approved

The Board approved creation of an alternative high school to provide needed services to high school students. Tingey said the school is needed to reach out to students who struggle in a traditional setting and give them a new chance to succeed.

Assistant Superintendents Dr. Robert Dowdle and Dr. Kathryn McCarrie proposed creating an alternative high school on the CTEC campus to provide needed services to high school students and secure state funding to do so. Currently, CSD students needing alternative school services must attend Entrada Adult High School, where they are enrolled as "dropouts," or leave the district. A District committee has worked through issues of creating the alternative school. The group proposes an implementation timeline, which would begin services next school year, a possible school day schedule. They also suggested the Board consider a new name for the school.

Board Vice President Steve Wrigley said the school is a good step to truly help all students prepare for college and careers. Board Member Robert Green said the Board's decision will change lives. "Now and in the future," Green said, "we will see the effects of this."

Staffing Added to Maintain Middle School Teaming

The Board unanimously voted to place additional teachers in middle schools to continue a strong middle-school teaming model, which is noted for improving student achievement among middle school students districtwide.

Middle schools have demonstrated increases in student achievement as a result of a new schedule and teaming model, but the model requires additional staffing to maintain. The Board approved 11 FTE to maintain the schedule to continue helping students achieve greater heights.

Wrigley wanted to make sure that the staffing boost would not interrupt resolution of the middle school schedule in terms of electives accessibility for students. Dr. Dowdle said the FTE being allocated will go to address concerns to ensure students have room in their schedules for performing arts, arts, world languages and other electives.

New School Leaders Appointed

The Board approved the following leaders to fill administrative roles in Canyons schools and District Offices:

Greg Leavitt, Principal of Draper Park Middle, has been selected as the new Principal at Hillcrest High. He replaces Sue Malone, who is retiring. Leavitt will be joined at Hillcrest by current Alta High Assistant Principal Justin Matagi. Matagi will replace Hillcrest Assistant Principal Kelcey Kemp, who is being transferred to Alta High.

Mary Anderson, who is serving as Principal at Union Middle, will serve as Principal at Draper Park Middle. She replaces Leavitt, who will go to Hillcrest.

Kelly Tauteoli, now the Principal of Park Lane Elementary, will become the Principal of Union Middle. She replaces Anderson, who will lead Draper Park.

Justin Jeffery, now an Assistant Principal in the Humble Independent School District in Texas, will be the new Principal at Park Lane Elementary. He replaces Tauteoli, who is going to Union Middle.

Wendy Dau, now Assistant Principal at Jordan High, will become Principal at Midvale Middle. She replaces Frank Schofield, who was recently appointed Superintendent of the Logan City School District. Kerry Shroeppel, now an Assistant Principal at Draper Park, and Kip Carlson, who has served this year as an Administrative Intern at Brighton High, also will become administrators at Midvale Middle in 2015-2016.

Doug Graham, now Assistant Principal at Butler Middle, will become Principal at Indian Hills Middle. He replaces Dr. Floyd Stensrud, who is the new Director of the Canyons District Office of Planning and Enrollment. Jody Wihongi, now an Assistant Principal at Indian Hills, will replace Graham at Butler Middle. Joining Graham at Indian Hills will be Halley Nelson, currently the Achievement Coach at Hillcrest High.

Benjamin (BJ) Weller, who is now serving as an Assistant Principal at Midvale Middle, will become Principal of Canyon View Elementary. He replaces Brent Shaw, who has asked to return to the classroom as a teacher.

Denzil "Chip" Watts, the Assistant Principal at Midvale Elementary, will become the Principal at Midvale Elementary. He replaces Shad DeMill, who will become the new principal at Quail Hollow Elementary. DeMill replaces Denis Lyon who is retiring. The new Assistant Principals at Midvale Elementary will be Matt Watts, now Assistant Principal at Mount Jordan Middle, and Jeri Rigby, an external coach for several CSD schools.

John Hellwig, now Assistant Principal at Eastmont Middle, will replace Matt Watts at Mount Jordan, and Brandon Moore, an Administrative Intern at Granger High in the Granite District, will assume the role as an Assistant Principal at Eastmont Middle.

Mindy Robison, who is now the middle-school mathematics team lead in the Canyons Evidence-Based Learning Department, will become the Principal of Crescent Elementary. She replaces Debbie Shumard, who is retiring.

Julie Winfree, now the Standards-Based Grading Team Lead and a member of the Dual Immersion Team in the CSD Evidence-Based Learning Department, has been selected as Principal of Ridgecrest Elementary. She replaces Teri Mattson, who is retiring.

Julie Mootz, now the Principal of Brookwood Elementary, will become the Principal at Oak Hollow Elementary. She replaces Principal Corrie Barrett, who will become Principal at Brookwood.

McKay Robinson, who is currently Principal at Lone Peak Elementary, will become Principal at Sandy Elementary. He replaces Sandra Dahl-Houlihan, who is the new District Administrator of Evaluation and Leadership.

Tracy Stacy, an elementary principal in the Eagle County School District in Colorado, will become the Principal of Lone Peak Elementary, replacing Robinson, who is headed to Sandy Elementary.

Two new assistant principals will serve at Copperview and East Midvale elementary schools, two of CSD's Title I schools. Deidre Walbeck, a specialist in the CSD Special Education Department, has been selected as a new Assistant Principal at Copperview. She will work with Principal Chanci Loran and Assistant Principal Shawn Walker. At East Midvale, Laurie Steed, a Granite District educator, will join Principal Justin Pitcher.

Legislative Session Recap

Government Relations Director Charlie Evans and Public Engagement Coordinator Susan Edwards provided an overview of bills of interest to CSD and action taken in the 2015 General Session of the Utah Legislature. The team tracked 185 bills this session, and hosted 550 students and 180 adults on the Hill, from students and city youth councils to Brighton 5A State Girls Basketball Champions, teachers and the PTA.

Tracked bills included education funding; a bill to give incentives to create improvement in low-performing schools; and charter school replacement money that will require CSD pay another $577,000 at implementation. Another bill allows school districts to continue their 2016 tax rates without truth in taxation when the Jordan District equalization bill sunsets. Another bill requires dividing school districts to share the same tax base footprint in perpetuity.

Students will be required to pass a form of the U.S. Citizenship Test prior to graduation, and meet a graduation requirement for math competency, as determined by the State Board of Education. Another bill will require dropout recovery services if the district graduation rate dips below the state average.

Legislators also clarified a parent's right to opt out of state and federal testing; will allow an individual with outstanding qualifications who doesn't have an administrative license to be a school administrator; and require SCCs to oversee Internet filtering. Several topics were recommended for interim study, including education funding formulas.

Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe said he is impressed by the relationships Evans and Edwards have formed on the Hill and the good work they do. The Board thanked the team for their great work.

Bond Projects Update

CFO Leon Wilcox and Facilities Director Rick Conger updated the Board on bond projects underway now, thanks to the $250 million bond voters approved in 2010.

Conger noted Mount Jordan's substantial completion date is July 1, and an open house is scheduled for before the start of school. He showed drawings of the commons, and exterior. The school opens in the fall.

Designs, created with architects, students and community members, are nearly complete for Midvale Middle, and demolition will begin in June. The school will relocate to Crescent View for the next two years while the school is rebuilt.

Butler Elementary students will remain on site during their school's construction, to take place on the same campus, adjacent to the current structure. He noted the mayor, community members, and students have been involved in the school's design.

The Alta View Elementary community in the coming weeks will be invited to provide feedback on designs for the school's rebuild. Construction will begin in March 2016, and be complete in complete June 2017. Naylor Wentworth architects were selected to design the building, and construction contracts will be determined soon.

The Indian Hills Middle School facility committee meeting will be held at the school on March 25, and a contractor will be selected in the coming months for renovation design and planning. Renovation will begin in June 2017. Conger also noted the school may receive additional classrooms, and that the school's foundation has been determined to be solid.

Wilcox noted that CSD last week received a AAA bond rating – the highest possible—from Fitch Ratings, with a stable outlook on the sale of the final $42 million in bonds approved by voters in the $250 million bond election of 2010. CSD also has a Aaa rating from Moody's Investor services.

Foundation to Host Gala

The Canyons Education Foundation Board Chairman Brad Snow and Development Officer Scott Harper invited the Board to the April 30 Gala at the Living Planet Aquarium. Snow said the Foundation will present at the gala five scholarships of $1,000 each to one student from each high school and Entrada Adult High School. The goal is to increase the scholarship amount and numbers of scholarships awarded in the coming years, he said. The gala, which gets underway at 6:30 p.m., will be emceed by ABC4 news anchor and morning personality Emily Clark and feature keynote Sealver Siliga, a Utah native who plays for the New England Patriots, the 2015 Super Bowl Champions.

Excellence Honored

The Board recognized the following students and employees for their outstanding achievements:

• Phaidra Atkinson, Corner Canyon High, Regional Speech, Debate & Theater Award, National Federation of High Schools
• Lee Mitchell, Alta High, Boys Soccer Coach of the Year, National Federation of State High School Associations
• Kyra John, Hillcrest High, Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs Outstanding Student Award
• Claudia Gonzalez, Corner Canyon, President's Volunteer Service Award
• Kyla Hoster, Albion Middle, Finalist, National PTA #shareawesome Contest
• Hillcrest Chinese Program Students Harry Han, Joe Pope, Dale Shlachter, Alex Sun, and Teacher Dori Huang, First Place, 2015 Video Contest Utah Foreign Language Association
• Academic All-State Honorees:
• Drill Team: Kathryn Ann Metcalf, Jordan High; and Alixandra Peterson, Brighton
• Girls Swimming: Erica Lynn Bennett and Kristi Vielstich, Hillcrest; and Mylei Hong and Hanna Potter, Brighton
• Girls Basketball: Alyssa Hirschi and McCall Christensen, Brighton
• Wrestling: Zamantha Sariah Mulder, Hillcrest; and Zane Edward Rasmussen, Corner Canyon
• Boys Basketball: Nicholas Beard, Alta
• Riley Ogden, Corner Canyon, Academic All-State, Boys Basketball; and Scholar Athlete Award from the national Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame
• Tayler Johnson, Jordan, 5A state Wrestling Champ, 152-Pound Division
• Greg Lamb, Corner Canyon, 4A State Wrestling Champ, 138-Pound Division
• Brighton Boys Swim 200-yard Medley Relay Team Brock Harries, Jack Binder, Parker Wiest and Brian O'Neal, 5A State Champions
• Brock Harries, Brighton, 5A State Swim Champion, 50-Yard Freestyle, 100-Yard Freestyle and 200-yard Medley Relay
• Osa Masina, Brighton, U.S. Army All-American Bowl and five-star national football recruit
• Brighton Girls Basketball, 5A State Champions
• Amelia Slama-Catron, Midvale Middle, Prudential Spirit of Community Award and President's Volunteer Service Award

Board Action

The Board approved the Consent Agenda, which includes the March 3 Minutes; Purchasing Bids; February Financial Reports; March Hires and Terminations; Hazardous Bus Routes; LAND Trust Amendments; and Administrative Appointments (above). The Board also approved Student Overnight Travel for CSD DECA.

The Board approved adjustments to School Community Council and Financial policies as part of a process to update all district policies. The adjustments bring the policies up to date with Utah law regarding SCC training and updates language regarding School Improvement Plans. Financial Policy Series changes include updates to the Board Audit Committee, Fiscal Accountability, Accounting, and Investment Management policies.

Patron Comments

Madaline Chilcutt, a veteran teacher at Bell View Elementary, said this year's schedule has limited her planning time, and made her job of preparing students for college and careers far more challenging. She thanked the Administration and Board for seeing a need to address the schedule and welcoming teacher voices in the process. She said more planning and collaboration time is needed, and that the option before the Board is overwhelmingly considered the best option.

Stacy Packard, third grade teacher at Bell View Elementary, thanked the Board for its time and thoroughness in considering the elementary school schedule to ensure it will serve students well.

Bell View Elementary Principal Christine Webb said she feels passionately that the new schedule will give teachers the planning time they need. She said she and her faculty believe it will give them the time they need to look at data, problem-solve, and implement the things that are best for the kids.

Shelley Phillips, special education teacher at Park Lane Elementary, praised the process to create the proposed elementary schedule. She said all teachers were able to give input to the task force, which considered their voices in crafting the proposal. She said Option 2 protects collaboration for teachers to help students achieve.

The Eastmont Middle School sixth-grade team said they are happy with their late-start Fridays to give them time to collaborate, and hoped the Board would continue to fund the middle school teams that help students succeed. They said the teaming and collaboration is beneficial to students, because teachers can work together to support students and provide them with more one-on-one attention.

Jessica Sanders, seventh-grade teacher at Eastmont Middle School, supported the sixth-grade team's sentiments. She said it's also been valuable to identify student needs and intervention strategies to address them, and include parents in team meetings to brainstorm ways to help students succeed.

Alli Weaver, teacher at Sandy Elementary, said she is looking forward to small group interventions, progress monitoring, and teacher specialists who can give students a new view of curriculum under the new elementary schedule, supported by 90 percent of teachers at her school.

Rachel Bingham, supported the proposed schedule as providing more time for teachers to collaborate and prepare and help students succeed and provide them with meaningful, engaging lessons.

Granite Elementary teacher Tiffany Smith thanked the sixth-grade team for noting the value of collaboration time and said elementary teachers want what they have to also provide high-quality instruction.

Stacey Oppermann, a parent of two Canyons students, said the schedule will restore needed stability to student schedules and improve learning. She said she thinks it's important to listen to teachers who recommended the new schedule. She said the lack of consistency in this year's schedule has been frustrating, and is pleased this schedule will provide consistency for students and families.

Elcena Davenport, teacher at Oakdale Elementary, said the schedule was crafted beautifully and that with additional collaboration time, her team will be able to do amazing things, from preventions and interventions, enrichments for advance learners and opportunities to help struggling learners. She said research on collaboration time is overwhelming and abundant. She said the collaboration time for teachers will assist them in creating higher quality instructional time.

Superintendent's Report

Dr. Briscoe thanked the Board for completing so much work tonight. He also thanked District administrators for facilitating discussions about schedules, practices for instruction, data analysis. He said the most important thing that happened tonight is everyone worked together for a common vision. He said Board members have made a huge impact on student achievement and graduation rates, and the people who are coming to work in CSD now can feel a lot better about what they're doing.

CFO's Report

Wilcox thanked the Board for its hard work to discuss, debate and study issues before them. He thanked Edwards and Tingey for their work at the Legislature, and legislators for the increase provided to education funding. He also congratulated new leaders appointed tonight, and congratulated Midvale Middle principal Frank Schofield for his appointment as superintendent of Logan School District.

Board Reports

Iverson said he was excited that the Board could work together tonight and thanked the Administration for the hard work in preparing recommendations for the Board. He and President Sherril Taylor have a constituency meeting tomorrow night.

Clareen Arnold said she spent time this past week visiting schools, and said it was a great experience to see what schools are doing for at-risk students at all levels, and the love and care people for have them. She said Board action means a wonderful change for students who need not only the "college-ready," but the "career-ready," and said that arts and dance fit into the latter. She thanked meeting attendees for the process and time spent in task forces and Board meetings, especially after a hard day's work.

Wrigley thanked the Administration for their work and tenacity through Board debate. He said that by asking a lot of questions, the Board can feel comfortable in voting, and said it's helped him to feel really good about key issues. He thanked Dr. Briscoe for spearheading the processes on new ideas coming to the Board. He said he's excited about special education, and is going in his second day of touring. He's visited Brighton, Silver Mesa and Union special education classrooms, and said that in two weeks he will visit vocational programs.

Tingey noted she is hosting a Town Hall Thursday at 7 p.m. at Eastmont Middle. She said the legislative session energy, engagement and passion for education. While not everyone agrees on the same approach, the goal is there to have high-quality education. She thanked the Administration, teachers, parents and community of CSD to put forth the effort to ensure that we do have high-quality education, and noted CSD has never shied away from high expectations. She also noted that the Regional Science Fair has 106 CSD entrants, up from 23 five years ago, which is a great indicator of growth and engagement.

Amber Shill, who spoke via conference call, said she feels good about the Board's votes tonight and the District's direction. She said she enjoyed reading at Bella Vista for Read Across America, and was pleased to be there with the Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore, and other dignitaries, and especially the dedicated teachers.

Green said he's excited for the initiatives approved by the Board this evening. He visited Hillcrest on Friday, and noted a student injured in an auto-pedestrian accident is in his thoughts and prayers, as are his family and friends. He said cares for the students of CSD as his own. He also congratulated Frank Schofield for being selected as Logan School District Superintendent. He said he's been excited by Schofield's vision at Midvale, and said CSD has hired and appointed outstanding principals for the coming year.

Taylor thanked the teachers and parents who addressed the Board, and invited them to continue dialoguing with the Board. He thanked Jennifer Toomer-Cook and Jeff Haney for preparing the recognitions for students and employees. He thanked Evans, Edwards and their team for their dedicated service during the legislative session, and the Administration for meeting with the Board in the past few weeks to share information and ideas with the Board. He thanked Dr. Briscoe and Wilcox for their work, and Board Secretary Gaylene Halvorsen for her work. He said he feels blessed to serve on the Board and hoped to do good things for students.

Closed Session

The Board met in Closed Session for the purpose of discussing collective bargaining and the character, professional competence, or physical or mental health of an individual.
Canyons District is pleased to announce new leadership appointments, which were approved by the Board of Education on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

The following have accepted new administrative roles in Canyons District schools and District Offices:

Greg Leavitt, Principal of Draper Park Middle, has been selected as the new Principal at Hillcrest High. He replaces Sue Malone, who is retiring. Leavitt will be joined at Hillcrest by Justin Matagi, now an Alta High Assistant Principal. Matagi will replace Hillcrest Assistant Principal Kelcey Kemp, who is being transferred to Alta High. 

Mary Anderson, who is serving as Principal at Union Middle, will serve as Principal at Draper Park Middle.  She replaces Leavitt, who will go to Hillcrest.

Kelly Tauteoli, now the Principal of Park Lane Elementary, will become the Principal of Union Middle. She replaces Anderson, who will lead Draper Park.

Justin Jeffrey, now an Assistant Principal in the Humble Independent School District in Texas, will be the new Principal at Park Lane Elementary.  He replaces Tauteoli, who is going to Union Middle. 

Wendy Dau, now Assistant Principal at Jordan High, will become Principal at Midvale Middle. She replaces Frank Schofield, who was recently appointed Superintendent of the Logan City School District. Kerry Shroeppel, now an Assistant Principal at Draper Park, and Kip Carlsen, who has served this year as an Administrative Intern at Brighton High, also will become administrators at Midvale Middle in 2015-2016. 

Douglas Graham, now Assistant Principal at Butler Middle, will become Principal at Indian Hills Middle. He replaces Dr. Floyd Stensrud, who is the new Director of the Canyons District Office of Planning and Enrollment. Dr. Stensrud replaces Ben Lems, who is retiring. Jody Wihongi, an Assistant Principal at Indian Hills, will replace Graham at Butler Middle. Joining Graham at Indian Hills will be Haley Nelson, currently the Achievement Coach at Hillcrest High.  Nelson will be an Assistant Principal.  

Benjamin (BJ) Weller, who is now serving as an Assistant Principal at Midvale Middle, will become Principal of Canyon View Elementary. He replaces Brent Shaw, who has asked to return to the classroom as a teacher. 

Denzil “Chip” Watts, the Assistant Principal at Midvale Elementary, will become the Principal at Midvale Elementary. He replaces Shad DeMill, who will become the new principal at Quail Hollow Elementary. DeMill replaces Denis Lyons who is retiring. The new Assistant Principals at Midvale Elementary will be Matt Watts, now Assistant Principal at Mount Jordan Middle, and Jeri Rigby, an external coach for several CSD schools. 

John Hellwig, Assisant Principal at Eastmont Middle, will replace Matt Watts at Mount Jordan, and Brandon Moore, an Administrative Intern at Granger High in the Granite District, will assume the role as an Assistant Principal at Eastmont Middle. 

Mindy Robison, who is now the middle-school mathematics team lead in the Canyons Evidence-Based Learning Department, will become the Principal of Crescent Elementary. She replaces Debbie Shumard, who is retiring.

Julie Winfree, now the Standards-Based Grading Team Lead and a member of the Dual Immersion Team in the CSD Evidence-Based Learning Department, has been selected as Principal of Ridgecrest Elementary. She replaces Teri Mattson, who is retiring. 

Julie Mootz, now the Principal of Brookwood Elementary, will become the Principal at Oak Hollow Elementary. She replaces Principal Corrie Barrett, who will become Principal at Brookwood. 

McKay Robinson, who is currently Principal at Lone Peak Elementary, will become Principal at Sandy Elementary. He replaces Sandra Dahl-Houlihan, who is the new District Administrator of Evaluation and Leadership. 

Tracy Stacy, an elementary principal in the Eagle County School District in Colorado, will become the Principal of Lone Peak Elementary, replacing Robinson, who is headed to Sandy Elementary.

Two new administrators will be hired for Copperview and East Midvale elementary schools, two of CSD’s Title I schools. Deidre Walbeck, a specialist in the CSD Special Education Department, has been selected as a new Assistant Principal at Copperview. She will work with Principal Chanci Loran and Assistant Principal Shawn Walker. At East Midvale, Laurie Steed, a Granite District educator, will join Principal Justin Pitcher as an Assistant Principal.