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Board Meeting Summary, Aug. 6, 2019

Note: Recordings and documents for agenda items can be accessed via BoardDocs by clicking on the corresponding agenda items.

The Board of Education held two meetings on Aug. 6, 2019.  They met for a study session and a Business Meeting to conduct regular Board business.  Members of the Board also held a required Truth-in-Taxation hearing. 

Truth-in-Taxation Hearing

Following a three-month public comment period culminating with Tuesday’s Truth-in-Taxation hearing, the Canyons District Board of Education made official its previously proposed plan to give all CSD teachers a $7,665 salary increase. Representing a double-digit increase for every teacher, this puts the starting teacher pay in Canyons District at $50,000 a year. The Board unanimously voted to increase the tax rate by 0.000606 to fund the historic pay bump to licensed personnel at the conclusion of a Truth-in-Taxation hearing, which was preceded by a separate Executive Meeting and Study Session of the Board held on the same evening. The new salary schedule was announced on April 23 when a tentative contract agreement was made with the Canyons Education Association, which annually negotiates the salary and benefits package for CSD educators. On May 6, the Board officially approved the contract, and the CEA announced that members had ratified it. The negotiated salary increase also was discussed in public when the District on May 30 released its proposed budget for the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year. A public hearing for the proposed budget, which included the tax rate of 0.007507, was held on June 18, giving patrons an opportunity to ask questions and provide input. At tonight’s Truth-in-Taxation hearing, held in the Board Chambers at the Canyons Administration Building-East, 9361 S 300 East, 36 patrons, including teachers, addressed the Board. The adjustment of the tax rate will result in a $140 per year, or $12 monthly, increase on a $421,000 house, the average price of a home in CSD. Of the $19.6 million required for this salary increase, $13.750 million will come from funds generated by the property tax increase. The remainder will come from attrition, cost-cutting, and a legislatively approved 4 percent increase in per-pupil spending. All revenue generated through the tax increase will only be used for teacher salaries. This is the first time in Canyons’ 10-year history that the District has sought to recoup inflation through an adjustment in the certified tax rate. Tuesday’s vote to fund the compensation package signals the end of salary negotiations for the 2019-2020 school year. If the vote had not passed, the District and CEA would have continued negotiations. Licensed personnel will see the pay raise reflected in their first paycheck for the new contract year.  

The following people provided comment during the hearing’s public comment period.  A recording of their remarks can be accessed on BoardDocs:

  • Erika Bradshaw
  • Brittany Clark
  • Darrick Smith
  • Bruce Blanchard
  • Karen Pedersen
  • Betty Shaw
  • Kay Burton
  • John Ludlum
  • Karla Moseman
  • Nancy Allen
  • Jeanene Moore
  • Maren Burningham
  • DeeAnn Bodrero
  • Andrew Edle
  • Natalie Rudel
  • Michael Lund
  • Steve VanMaren
  • Kim Abbott
  • Terry Neidinger
  • Ken Parr
  • Victoria Hazlett
  • Anna McNamer
  • Marilyn Johnson
  • Kim Batey
  • Xiaoli Ortega
  • Stephanie Lauritzen
  • Marsha Barker
  • Deanna Nielsen
  • Bob Nielsen
  • Vickie Udy
  • Sen. Kathleen Riebe
  • Richard Reese
  • Roger Harding
  • Mitchell Atencio
  • Marilyn Light
  • Kristi Kimble

Consent Agenda 

In a business meeting held prior to the Truth-in-Taxation hearing, the Board of Education approved the Consent Agenda, including approval of the minutes of the Board of Education from July 16, 2019; hire and termination reports; purchasing bids; school bell schedules for the 2019-2020 school year; two TSSA agreements; and the renewal of interlocal agreements with the cities of Cottonwood Heights and Draper for School Resource Officers.

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