Architects working to design the new Alta View Elementary have presented their concepts to the Canyons Board of Education. Representatives of Naylor Wentworth Lund Architects presented their concepts in a Board of Education meeting Sept. 1, 2015. The full presentation can be found on BoardDocs.

Alta View Elementary will be rebuilt on the school’s current campus, where the playground now is situated. The site already has been prepared to allow for continued student learning and safety during construction, with drop-off and playground fencing adjustments in place for the start of the 2015-2016 academic year.

Alta View remains in the design process. Meetings were held last spring with the Alta View community and faculty regarding the new school’s design, and initial concepts were displayed at the school last spring. Alta View Principal Karen Medlin said the concepts have received positive feedback from the community. The new school not only will optimize learning conditions to help students prepare for college and careers, but provide for improved community access via parking and traffic flow, and serve as a community gathering space.  

The Board voted in October 2014 to select Alta View Elementary as the White City school to rebuild with proceeds from the $250 million bond voters approved in June 2010. The action followed months of public input. Groundbreaking on the new school is scheduled for spring 2016. The new school is scheduled to open in fall 2017.

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 Mountaineers have come home. With the snip of a red ribbon twisting in the summer afternoon wind, officials at Canyons District and Mount Jordan Middle officially opened the school for business.

    The celebratory ribbon-cutting event, held Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, attracted more than 500 students, parents, teachers, staff, former students and members of the community. The crowd cheered as dignitaries and school district officials took the large, red-handled scissors and sliced through the ribbon.  Then, students were able to use the scissors to cut a piece for a keepsake.

    The new Mount Jordan, which officially opens on Tuesday, Aug. 18 with a sixth-grade orientation, was built with money from a $250 million, tax-rate-neutral bon approved by Canyons voters in 2010. In the past six years, Canyons has been able to build, rebuild or renovate six schools, add air-conditioning to schools that did not previously have it, and construct new wings at Brighton and Hillcrest high schools. 

    Clareen Arnold, who represents the Sandy school, thanked Mount Jordan’s teachers for the professionalism while they worked in temporary quarters since the old Mount Jordan’s demolition two years ago.

    “They’ve had to pack up and move their classrooms, and they did it two times,” she said.  “They sure did a great job of making the best of a difficult time — but they did it with good cheer and an eye toward the future.  Our teachers are truly instrumental for our success as a District.  We owe them so much.”

    Dr. Molly Hart, Principal of Mount Jordan Middle, said the building is not only a fantastic place for students to learn but a great place for employees to work.

    The Mount Jordan community will enjoy such amenities as an elevated running track, fitness rooms, a spacious commons area and cafeteria, a 180-seat lecture hall, and an abundance of natural light in the hallways and classrooms. The school also will be wired for the high-tech demands of a 21st century education.  

    Hart also thanked the crews from Hogan Construction and MHTN Architects for their hard work on the design and construction of the building. “Thank you for all your work on our school,” she said. “From now on, you are all honorary Mount Jordan Mountaineers.”


    The Mount Jordan community also will enjoy a performing arts suite and a state-of-the-art theater and auditorium made possible by an investment from Sandy City.

    Help us welcome the Mountaineers back home.  The community is invited to a ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the opening of the newly rebuilt Mount Jordan Middle School. 

    The Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 event starts with a reception at 5:30 p.m.  A 6 p.m. ceremony will be at 9351 Mountaineer Lane — the traditional site of the Mount Jordan campus. During the two years of construction, students have attended school at the old Crescent View Middle, 11150 S.  500 East. 

    The new Mount Jordan Middle was made possible by a $250 million, tax-rate-neutral bond approved by Canyons voters in 2010. The new school will be approximately 200,000 square feet and built to emphasize such areas as science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

    The school also has a gymnasium with an elevated running track, fitness rooms, a spacious commons area and cafeteria, a 180-seat lecture hall, and an abundance of natural light in the hallways and classrooms. The school also will be wired for the high-tech demands of a 21st century education.  

    The Mount Jordan community also will enjoy a performing arts suite and a state-of-the- art theater and auditorium made possible by an investment from Sandy City.

    The new Sandy middle school, scheduled for completion in fall 2015, is the sixth rebuilt or new school Canyons District has completed since 2009, when CSD became the first new school district to be created in Utah in 100 years.

    The doors are shuttering for good at the old Midvale Middle, which has welcomed students into its corridors and classrooms for six decades. While the end has come for the two-story, red-bricked building on Pioneer Street, a recent groundbreaking party celebrated the start of work on a new 203,000-square-foot school that is scheduled to open at the start of the 2017 school year.

    Some 150 students, teachers, administrators, and neighbors attended the Thursay, June 11, 2015 ceremony hosted by Canyons Board of Education member Robert Green, who represents schools in the Midvale area. Green, alongside fellow Board members Nancy Tingey and Amber Shill, Superintendent Jim Briscoe, Assistant Superintendent Kathryn McCarrie, Midvale Mayor Joann Seghini, and Utah Rep. Bruce Cutler, R-Murray, among others, participated in the ceremonial turning of the dirt.

    A photo album of the groundbreaking ceremony is on the Canyons District Facebook page.

    At the event, Green said that the designs for the new school call for a 650-seat auditorium, collaboration spaces, a gym and fitness area, indoor and outdoor student commons areas, and classrooms built for the high-tech demands of the 21st century. “So many people have such great memories of going to school here. My own wife went to Midvale Middle, and she learned to swim in the pool here, and many of my neighbors have great stories about the friends they made and the lessons they learned in these classrooms and hallways,” Green said. 

    “From the outside, this building may not appear to be more than brick and mortar.But this building is so much more than that. It represents six decades of education in our city. It’s an important part of our history and the traditions of our residents,” he said. “Kids in our neighborhoods can’t wait to leave the fifth-grade so they can follow in the footsteps of their brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, and in some cases their moms and dads, to start going to school at Midvale Middle School.”

    Demolition at the site begins this summer. A community Open House on Friday, May 29, 2015 drew hundreds of former students and teachers who wanted to visit their old haunt, take pictures, and reminisce. 

    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. 

    “It’s exciting to think that in a few years, we’ll be in our new school. Right after the Board of Education voted on a timeline of construction for our new school, our teachers, parents, students and other members of the community met with some of the architects from VCBO,” Dau said.  “The architects truly focused on what’s really important: Our students and teachers. 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.”

    The new school, which is being built by Hughes General Contractors, 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.

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