Butler Elementary is on the rise. Reconstruction on the Canyons District school is well underway adjacent to the current building, with steel beams and brick-and-mortar rising to greet students for the first day of the 2015-2016 school year. 

In April 2015, the Board of Education hosted a community celebration and open house to break ground on the new school and convey access plans for the 2015-2016 school year. Students will attend school at the current Butler Elementary during the reconstruction. The new school is scheduled to open in fall 2016.

The Butler Elementary reconstruction is financed with proceeds from the $250 million bond that Canyons School District voters approved in 2010. It is one in a series of districtwide bond-funded projects, including the rebuilding of Butler Middle School, completed in 2013, and upgrades at Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights.

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  • The community is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of work on the future home of the Midvale Middle Trojans.

    The event on Thursday, June 11, 2015 will start with a 5 p.m. reception. The ceremony, which will conclude with the ceremonial turning of the dirt by members of the Canyons Board of Education and Administration, new Midvale Middle Principal Wendy Dau, and several local dignitaries, will start at 5:30 p.m. 

    The 203,000-square-foot, three-wing building will be constructed at 7852 S. Pioneer Street, the same location where six decades of Midvale teenagers have attended middle school. Demolition on the old, red-bricked school begins later this month. A community Open House on May 29, 2015 drew hundreds of former students and teachers who wanted to visit their old haunt, take pictures, and reminisce. 

    The school, scheduled to be done in fall 2017, will feature large windows to allow for a lot of natural light, high-tech classrooms, teacher-collaboration spaces, science and computer labs, a multiple-use front-entrance atrium, a 650-seat auditorium, indoor and outdoor student commons areas, a full-length basketball court with an elevated running track, and dance and exercise rooms, among other amenities.

    While crews work on the new Midvale Middle, students and teachers will be housed in the old Crescent View Middle, 11150 S. 300 East.  They will be welcomed in the new home of the Trojans by new Principal Wendy Dau and Assistant Principals Karen Moore, Kerry Schroeppel and Kip Carlsen. 

    The new school is funded with proceeds from a $250 million bond approved by voters in spring 2010. Since its founding in 2009, Canyons District has completed the following bond-funded projects: Corner Canyon High; Midvale Elementary; Albion, Butler, and Draper Park middle schools; academic wings at Brighton and Hillcrest high schools; a new entrance and renovated classrooms at Alta High; and seismic renovations at Sandy Elementary. The newly rebuilt Mount Jordan Middle opens this fall, and work on a new Butler Elementary started this month.

    Let the reconstruction begin. With the plunge of shovels into the ground, community leaders joined students in the ceremonial "turning of the dirt" to begin the reconstruction of Butler Elementary School. The April 22, 2015 groundbreaking celebration at the school's Cottonwood Heights campus drew a crowd of about 150 students, parents, city leaders and community members to cheer the start of a new era for the school with deep historical roots.

    "We're hosting this event for several reasons: First, to celebrate the fact that this day has finally arrived," said Board Member Amber Shill, who represents District 2, which includes the Butler Elementary community. "I have no doubt that many of you wondered if this day would actually ever be realized. But it's here, and Canyons District is proud to announce that it is holding true to its promise to build a new and improved school for the students of Butler Elementary."

    The new building's entrance will feature a school bell to pay tribute to the rich history of Butler Elementary, originally constructed as a one-room school house in the 1890s in the historic community of Butlerville. The new school also draws inspiration from the beautiful mountains just outside its doors, with exterior courtyards to be themed after local canyons. Classroom wings also will contain individual themes. The school's 27 classrooms will contain lighting controls, audio-visual equipment, and be fully wired for the high-tech demands of a 21st Century education.

    The building also will contain solar shading on all southern-facing windows, and a spacious cafeteria, kitchen and commons area in which students and community members can gather. Classrooms and hallways will feature natural light – a feature that brought cheers from students at the groundbreaking celebration.

    "From day one, the focus of the design has been about creating the best learning environment for our students, and a great work environment for our hard-working teachers," Principal Christy Waddell said. "We're proud of this new addition to the Cottonwood Heights community. ... It's exciting to think that in a little more than a year, we'll be in our new school. "

    The groundbreaking was followed by a community open house. There, members of the public could view renderings of the new school, designed by VCBO Architecture with input from students, educators and community members. They also could receive information about community access to the campus during construction.

    Construction of the new school, to be overseen by Hogan & Associates Construction, begins May 1, 2015. The school will be rebuilt on the Butler Elementary School campus, adjacent to the current building. Students will attend school in the current building during construction. The new school is scheduled to open in fall 2016.

    The Butler Elementary reconstruction is financed with proceeds from the $250 million bond that Canyons School District voters approved in 2010. It is one in a series of districtwide bond-funded projects, including the rebuilding of Butler Middle School, completed in 2013, and upgrades at Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights.

    "Canyons District is dedicated to student achievement, innovation, customer service and community engagement. Today would not be possible without your support," Shill told attendees. "The District has been able to rebuild this school because of your vote of confidence — and especially the Butler community's tireless effort to see a new building in this neighborhood."

    The Canyons Board of Education has maintained neutral tax rates as promised to the public during the bond election, and this spring approved the issuance of the final $42 million in bonds. Canyons' AAA Bond Rating has enabled the district to secure low interest rates to save taxpayers money. In 2014, Canyons was able to refinance some of the debt issued by the former Jordan School District to save the district $4.5 million.

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  • What should the new Midvale Middle School look like? Students, employees and community members have put their heads together to come up with a new, innovative design.

    Following brainstorming sessions with the school community, artist renderings for the new Midvale Middle School have been completed. VCBO architects created the designs for the school, to be rebuilt with proceeds from the $250 million in bonds approved by voters in 2010. Groundbreaking for the new Midvale Middle is expected in spring 2015. The new building is scheduled to open in fall 2017.

    The school community will move to the old Crescent View Middle School building for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years while the school is rebuilt.

    Crescent View, located at 11150 S. 300 East in Sandy, has served as the temporary home to the Mount Jordan Middle School community for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 academic years during Mount Jordan's reconstruction. The new Mount Jordan Middle School, also rebuilt with bond proceeds, will open this fall.
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    Mount Jordan Building Blog Launched

    Want to know the latest on the Mount Jordan building project?

    MHTN Architects has launched a blog to keep the public up to date about the innovative design and building progress of the middle school. Check it out here.

    The newly rebuilt Mount Jordan Middle School, under construction since fall 2013, is scheduled to welcome students in fall 2015. The school is being rebuilt with proceeds from a $250 million bond approved by voters in 2010.
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