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Board Meeting Summary, Feb 2, 2021

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

Peruvian Park Elementary Construction

The planned two-story, 92,900-square-foot Peruvian Park Elementary will be built by Hogan and Associate Contractors. The Board of Education approved the construction contract in an amount not to exceed $20,865,000. Also approved by the Board was a District-controlled contingency fund of $835,000 for unforeseen expenses. Hogan and Associates was selected after a competitive bid process Jan. 6-27. Construction on the 10.5-acre site will begin in April after the students and teachers move temporarily to the Crescent View Middle building. The new home of the Panthers is expected to be ready for the start of the 2022-2023 school year. The project calls for separate parent and bus drop-off zones, 126 parking stalls, 26 teaching spaces, four kindergarten classrooms, two “Brain Booster” labs, and a media center on the second floor. 

Graduation Plans for Class of 2021

Canyons high schools have started planning end-of-year and graduation events for the Class of 2021, according to a report given to the Board of Education. Health restrictions as a result of COVID-19 are being incorporated into the proposed ceremonies and events. Principals at Alta, Brighton, Corner Canyon, Diamond Ridge, Hillcrest and Jordan high schools are drawing on their experiences from last year’s rites and activities, which were altered to adhere to safety precautions at the outset of the pandemic, to formulate their commencement plans. Also discussed was a social-activity “Test to Dance” idea, patterned after the health department’s “Test to Stay” or “Test to Play” initiatives, for graduating seniors. The Jordan Valley School administration also submitted “transition ceremony” plans for consideration. Jordan Valley Principal Stacey Nofsinger said the school plans to include last year’s class as well as this year’s in the 2021 celebration.

Midvale CDA 

To aid in the redevelopment of historic Main Street, the Board of Education agreed to enter into a community development tax increment agreement with Midvale City. The redevelopment proposal seeks to revitalize the area, which in time will generate more tax revenue. Board member Mont Millerberg called it a “win-win situation” by helping Midvale improve a part of the city that needs redevelopment and bring in additional money for the District. The CDA has a 20-year term.

SHARP Survey

The Board of Education asked the administration to develop communication and transparency plans to alert parents to the Student Health and Risk Prevention Survey, which is administered every other year to students in grades six, eight, 10 and 12. The opt-in, prevention-needs assessment attempts to assess issues impacting adolescents and teenagers. The results of the SHARP survey help organizations target resources to address problem behaviors such as suicide ideation issues, substance abuse and substance-use indicators, school climate and culture, social and emotional health, and physical health and safety, among other topics. Parents, who must give permission for their children to participate in the anonymous survey, would be provided a link so they can view the survey questions.

Legislative Update

External Affairs Director Charlie Evans and Public Engagement Coordinator Susan Edwards updated the Board on proposed bills in the 2021 General Session of the Utah Legislature, now in its third week. The public can subscribe to a daily tracker of education-related bills by going to the Canyons District website. 

Consent Agenda

The Board of Education approved the Consent Agenda, which includes minutes from the Jan. 19, 2021 meeting of the Board of Education; hire and termination reports; purchasing bids; approval of a remote learning day on April 12 for Edgemont and Peruvian Park elementary schools; and the approval of LEA-specific licenses. 

Patron Comments

Patron Anastin Goodrich advocated mental-health supports for students and asked the District to provide students more information about how they can access those services.

Recognitions

The following were honored for the achievements:

  • Corner Canyon High football player Jaxson Dart for being named the MaxPrep National Player of the Year
  • Corner Canyon High football players Noah Kjar, Jackson Light, Harrison Taggart and Cody Hagen for earning All-American mentions
  • Eight CSD students for earning semifinalist status in search for U.S. Presidential Scholars.  They are:  Alta’s Samantha Brockman; Corner Canyon’s Cade Crosby, Benjamin Dastrup and Kyle Holland; Hillcrest’s John Baird, Ilha Hwang, and Michael Lu; and Jordan’s Owen Geiger.
  • Alta High teacher Heather Starley, who is the Health Science Division of the Utah Association for Career and Technical Education’s Teacher of the Year.  Hilcrest’s Matthew Hart was selected as the organization’s New Teacher of the Year.
  • CSD’s Board of Education for earning the Master Board Award from the Utah School Boards Association.
  • CSD Board member Amber Shill for becoming President of the USBA
  • CSD’s recognition for being one of three Utah districts for website compliance of the School Land TRUST program requirements.
  • CSD’s recognition for being a member of the U.S. Census Community Partnership and Engagement Program. 

Superintendent, Business Administrator Reports

Superintendent Dr. Rick Robins noted that Alta and Jordan high schools’ counts on the COVID-19 data dashboard have been reset to zero as a result of the “Test to Stay” programs in January.  Draper Park Middle also has returned to in-person instruction after pivoting to online learning two weeks ago, he said. Dr. Robins also announced that a total of 1,040 doses will be administered at this Thursday’s clinic, and encouraged all employees to make sure they are planning to receive their second doses 28 days after their first.   

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox thanked IT’s Jeff Murry for his programming work to coordinate the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics, and said CSD will receive $9.7 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds. He wished BJ Weller, Responsive Services Department Director, and Rick Conger, Facilities Director, best wishes in their recoveries from health and medical issues. 

Board of Education Member Reports

Board members reported on their committee work in addition to their comments. 

Mrs. Clareen Arnold thanked the District staff for their hard work.

Mrs. Holly Neibaur extended appreciation to President Tingey for mentoring her in her first few weeks on the Board. She also thanked Mr. Wrigley for advice and guidance, and District personnel for their professionalism and diligence.  

Mr. Steve Wrigley reported on attending Corner Canyon High’s “Matilda.”

Mrs. Amanda Oaks congratulated Mrs. Shill for becoming president of USBA and expressed appreciation for the work the organization does. She also noted the importance of in-person learning, not just for academics but for mental-health supports. She said the District “did the right thing” by providing an opportunity for in-person learning for the community’s students.

Mrs. Amber Shill reported on participating in a Monday tour of the under-construction Brighton High. She also noted the ease of participating in the legislative process via online services. She wished Weller and Conger well in their recoveries. She also said she was proud of the decisions made by CSD in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mr. Mont Millerberg thanked the Board members for their work in earning the Master Board Award, lauded the “Test to Stay” program to preserve in-person learning, and noted his surprise that graduation is just a few months away.

President Tingey thanked the Board and Administration for their work, and noted the tour of the Brighton High construction site, National School Counseling Week, and her attendance at “Matilda.” 

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