The Boundary Committee was established by the Canyons Board of Education in September 2010 to accomplish three goals:
When would potential boundary changes take effect?
Potential boundary changes would take effect in the 2013-2014 school year to allow plenty of time to disseminate information and address busing and other matters related to boundary changes. The 2013-2014 school year also is the target date for grade reconfiguration and the opening of the new high school in Draper.
Why is the District planning to reconfigure grades?
In February 2010, the Canyons Board of Education voted to reconfigure grades as part of its academic plan to prepare all students for college and careers. In the 2013-2014 school year, the ninth grade will move into high schools, and the sixth grade will move into middle schools to better focus on high school preparation in secondary schools and strong basic skills in elementaries. Click here for more information on grade reconfiguration and the academic plan.
How would boundary changes impact open enrollment or special permits?
More than 6,000 students attend Canyons schools on open-enrollment and specialty-program permits. Students with permits for specialty programs, such as International Baccalaureate, SALTA and Dual Immersion, will not be affected by boundary changes because enrollments in specialty programs are determined by the District. However, should boundaries change, students who attend school with open enrollment permits will need to apply for permits in the winter prior to the 2013-2014 school year. Open-enrollment permits are based on building enrollment and capacity.
The District anticipates several high school students will want to stay in their current school following boundary changes. The District is working on a process to appropriately accommodate those requests. Additionally, the District has been in contact with the UHSAA to address eligibility issues associated with potential boundary changes.
What is the makeup of the Committee?
The 26-member Boundary Steering Committee includes:
o Pods of four parents will represent each high school area (Alta, Brighton, Jordan and Hillcrest)
o Each pod will consist of two parents with children in elementary school, one parent with a child or children in middle school, and one parent with a child or children in high school
The Committee also has a District support team: K-16 Executive Director of Student Achievement Tamra Baker; Planning and Enrollment Director Ben Lems; Policy Coordinator Jeffrey Christensen; and Communications Director Jennifer Toomer-Cook.
What is the Committee’s thinking behind the Proposed Boundary Options?
Each proposal is accompanied by a rationalecontaining the Committee’s criteria, District parameters, and each option’s strengths and challenges. Option maps, supporting school enrollment, capacity, and feeder system data also is available at the above link.
What are the parameters and criteria the Committee followed?
The District-set parameters are:
The criteria set by the Committee are:
How can I give input?
Why would the new high school in Draper enroll fewer students?
Both Proposed Boundary Options for the new high school are based on the building’s initial targeted capacity of 1,500 students.
Why do both options have such high elementary enrollments in the District’s south?
Much of Canyons’ growth is centered in Draper, which has fewer elementary schools. The Committee suggests the Board of Education consider building an additional elementary in the District’s south.
Have cities been involved in creating safe walking routes?
The safety of students going to and from school was considered by the Committee, and cities have been notified of the Committee’s work. The District will further collaborate with cities to create safe walking routes once the Board approves boundaries.
What are the transportation costs or savings in each option?
Transportation costs at this point are estimated to be negligible.
Might school starting and ending times change with new boundaries?
Should boundaries change, bell and bus schedules will be examined to maximize busing resources, and some bell and bus schedules are likely to change.
Can the Proposed Boundary Options change?
Absolutely. The public’s input on the options is critical for the Committee to arrive at the best possible boundaries master plan. Public input will be taken from April 27 – May 12, 2011. The Committee will meet May 16 to weigh public input and adjust the options as needed. The Committee will complete its work when it makes final recommendations to the Board of Education on May 17, 2011.
When will a final decision be made?
The Board of Education will receive the Boundary Steering Committee’s final recommendations on May 17. The Board will deliberate and make a final decision when ready.
How can I find out more about the Committee’s work?
The Committee met most Wednesdays from 4 – 5 p.m. at the Canyons Administration Building, 9150 S. 500 West, in Sandy. The Committee’s meetings were open to the public. Meeting summaries are available online.
How does this Committee relate to the Enrollment and Facilities Task Force?
The Committee follows the work of the Enrollment and Facilities Task Force, which met from April to September 2009. The Task Force, which consisted of parents representing every Canyons school, recommended school boundaries be examined districtwide to address a number of issues, including ending pocket busing, or the practice of busing students from crowded schools in the south to less full schools outside of their neighborhoods; cleaning up high school feeder systems; maximizing current building use; and balancing middle school enrollments. The Task Force also recommended the District secure a bond to address facility needs, and reconfigure grades as a tool to minimize boundary impact and improve academic success. The Canyons Board of Education approved grade reconfiguration in February 2010; voters approved a $250 million bond the following June.