Perhaps the biggest day since our July 1, 2009 opening as Utah's first new school district in a century is upon us.
On Tuesday, June 22 – Primary Election Day – voters will decide whether Canyons School District can issue $250 million in general obligation bonds to address, at long last, years of deferred maintenance on our aging school buildings.
The $250 million bond we are proposing has been crafted with great care so that it will not raise the tax rate. It would give us a jump start on the $650 million worth of upgrades, rebuilds and renovations our schools desperately need. It would help us modernize classrooms by bringing them up to seismic safety codes and providing adequate lab space and technology needed for a 21st Century education. And it ultimately would help us forward our career- and college-ready academic focus, which we firmly believe is critical to student success in our rapidly changing and increasingly competitive global economy.
Our aging buildings – on average, 39 years old – have long awaited attention. One school, Midvale Elementary, has not had a significant upgrade since it opened its doors 60 years ago. Sandy Elementary recently was rebuilt after it was damaged by fire, and yet it was not brought up to seismic safety code. Several of our schools would cost more to fix up than they would to completely tear down and rebuild.
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Board of Education Okays Revised Career- and College Ready Diplomas Plan
In creating our new school district, we discovered the public had a very clear vision for us. They wanted us, as the Canyons Board of Education, to be more responsive to communities and improve the education their children receive. In that vein, the board has adopted four tenets by which it will make all decisions: Improving student achievement, customer service, community engagement and innovation. It is with great pleasure that we present a comprehensive plan we believe paves the way for more challenging academics, provides additional educational choices for families and improves the facilities in which our students learn.
In February, we voted unanimously to reconfigure the grades each school serves, placing kindergarten through fifth grade in elementaries, and moving sixth grade into middle schools and ninth grade into high schools. We also approved Utah's premiere differentiated diploma, offering college- and career-readiness roadmaps to our students. Both advance our goal to ensure all students are prepared to enter the workforce and successfully complete college work when they graduate from Canyons High Schools.
The Canyons Board of Education's column "On Board" will appear in the local editions of the Valley Journal each month. The Canyons Board of Education understands the importance of constant and clear communication, and with the coverage in local journals as well as other media outlets they hope to keep the public apprised of the latest happenings within the Canyons School District.