At a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by about 150 Albion students, parents, teachers and patrons, Canyons District on Aug. 16, 2012 heralded the new era for Albion, which is opening this year after a near-total renovation.
Crews have worked for a little more than a year on the middle school’s makeover, which includes a new entryway, parking lot and landscaping. Inside, students and teachers are sure to enjoy new classrooms; a spacious commons area; natural light throughout the building, especially the art rooms; air conditioning; new band, dance and choral rooms; an upgraded media center; a refurbished gymnasium and auditorium, and an expanded area for the kitchen and cafeteria.
Albion and Midvale are the first schools to be rebuilt as part of CSD’s ambitious and responsive plan to upgrade, expand and modernize educational facilities in all corners of the District. The school will open on Aug. 27, the first day of school.
Canyons District is celebrating the upcoming openings of the new schools at two ribbon-cutting events. Please join us at the following fetes:
- Midvale Elementary — Monday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.
- Albion Middle — Thursday, Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m.
The new Midvale Elementary, 7852 S Pioneer St., covers 9 acres of a 25-acre campus it shares with Midvale Middle School. The 85,000-square-foot building, which replaces the 61-year-old building on Center Street, will have natural light in the rooms and hallways, state-of-the-art classrooms, air conditioning, computer labs, a new gymnasium and auditorium, and an expanded parking lot.
Click here to see our video on the last day of school — ever — at Midvale Elementary.
At Albion Middle School, 2755 E. Newcastle Dr., what was old is new again. Crews are now putting the finishing touches on the Sandy school’s makeover, which includes a new entryway, parking lot and landscaping. Inside, students and teachers are sure to enjoy a spacious commons area, skylights in every classroom, air conditioning, new band, dance and choral rooms, an upgraded media center, a refurbished gymnasium and auditorium, and an expanded area for the kitchen and cafeteria.
Click here to see our video on the new school.
From initial site work to a completed seismic upgrade, Canyons School District is making fast progress on the first five projects funded by proceeds of the $250 million bond voters approved in 2010. Here are a few details from Facilities Director Rick Conger's presentation to the Board of Education on Aug. 16, 2011:
Sandy Elementary: Following a tight, three-month turnaround, an extensive seismic upgrade to Sandy Elementary School has been completed. Sandy Elementary was ready to welcome students back to school on Aug. 22.
New High School: Site and utilities work is well underway at the campus of the new high school in Draper.
Butler Middle School: A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8. In preparation for the event, site and utilities work have begun on the new school’s footprint, adjacent to the current building, and construction bids are under final review.
Albion Middle School: The demolition portion of the school renovation is complete, and a new roof is to be completed by late fall. Albion students started the 2011-2012 school year at Cottonwood Heights Elementary on Monday, Aug. 22.
Midvale Elementary: Site and utility work has started adjacent to Midvale Middle School, where the elementary school will be rebuilt. Crews aim to complete the work in August 2012.
All Albion students will receive busing services in the 2011-2012 school year to accommodate students' relocation to Cottonwood Heights Elementary School.
Busing will not change for students currently using the service.
Students who have not received busing services prior to the 2011-2012 school year will be assigned to a bus stop and carpool loading and unloading site. Designated sites include Albion Middle School (Newcastle Drive site), and Brookwood, Silver Mesa and Granite elementary schools. Up to four buses will be assigned to each site. The Canyons School District Transportation Department in mid-July will mail letters to parents with specifics.
If you have questions on the bus locations, please contact: Jeff Wren – (801) 826-5264 Becky Thompson – (801) 826-5272
Click here for information on safe walking routes.
Albion Middle School offices will begin operating at Cottonwood Heights Elementary, 2415 E. Bengal Blvd. (7600 South), on Monday, June 13, 2011. Phone numbers to the Albion Main Office, 801-826-6700, and other extensions will remain the same, but will be out of service June 9 - 12 to allow for the move. Albion students and staff will spend the 2011-2012 school year at Cottonwood Heights Elementary to allow Albion to be remodeled.
For information on safe walking routes, please visit http://www.snapforschools.com/Map_view.aspx?EntityID=558.
Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m.
Albion Middle School Kiva
2755 E. Newcastle Drive (8890 South), Sandy
School and District officials will provide additional information and answer questions about moving to Cottonwood Heights Elementary for the 2011-2012 school year during building renovations.
The Board of Education on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 unanimously voted to issue $68 million in bonds to allow the District to break ground on all five Phase 1 building projects this summer.
The District was able to secure an extraordinarily low 3.79 percent, 20-year interest rate from J.P. Morgan on the bonds after securing the highest-possible bond rating of Aaa from Moody’s Investors, and a AA+ bond rating, the second-highest possible, from Fitch Ratings. The low interest rate saves the District about $3 million, George K. Baum & Co. bond counsel Dustin Matsumori said.
The Board cast its vote on the same day Canyons School District was featured on the front page of The Bond Buyer, a highly respected daily newspaper of public finance.
The Phase 1 building projects are rebuilds of Midvale Elementary and Butler Middle; a seismic retrofit for Sandy Elementary, a renovation of Albion Middle and the building of a new high school in Draper. All of the projects are expected to begin by the end of the summer and be completed between the summer of 2012 and the fall of 2013.
The bond issuance is the first in the $250 million bond Canyons voters approved in June 2010 to renovate or rebuild aging schools, build a new high school in Draper, and forward the District’s efforts to better prepare students for college and careers. The Board on March 1 approved a resolution to authorize the issuance of up to $70 million in bonds.
Canyons School District has received the highest possible bond rating of Aaa from Moody’s Investors Service, and a AA+ – the second-highest rating – from Fitch Ratings.
“Moody's Investors Service has assigned an underlying Aaa rating and a stable outlook to Canyons School District,” according to a March 15, 2011 statement from Moody's Investors Service. The rating “incorporates the district's solid financial operations with ample reserves buttressing the district's short operating record, and modest debt profile featuring level taxing rates.”
Canyons voters in June 2010 approved a $250 million bond to renovate or rebuild aging schools, build a new high school in Draper, and forward the District’s efforts to better prepare students for college and careers.
The Canyons Board of Education on March 1, 2011 approved a resolution to authorize the issuance of up to $70 million in bonds to enable the District to break ground this summer on the first five building projects. The projects are the rebuilding of Midvale Elementary and Butler Middle School; a seismic retrofit for Sandy Elementary; a renovation of Albion Middle School; and the building of a new high school in Draper.
The bond ratings will help the District secure the lowest possible interest rates on the first bond issuance and ultimately, save taxpayers money.
Read about the Fitch rating on Trading-house.net.