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Board Meeting Summary, Jan 19, 2021

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

Board Leadership

In an unanimous 7-0 vote, Nancy Tingey was re-elected to a second term as President of the Canyons Board of Education. Board members Amanda Oaks and Steve Wrigley were elected as vice presidents. 

New School Construction

The Board of Education awarded the contract for the construction of Glacier Hills Elementary to Hogan and Associates in an amount not to exceed $24,150,000. A District-controlled contingency amount of $845,000 for unforeseen expenses such as landscaping, millwork, and HVAC testing also was approved. The Glacier Hills building, which was promised to the community in 2017 at the passage of the bond proposal, will house Edgemont and Bell View school communities. Current plans call for a 94,700-square-foot two-story steel building that will have 25 teaching spaces, three kindergarten classrooms, and seven “Brain Booster” labs, among other features. The building will be constructed on Edgemont’s 15-acre site.

Parking Lot Safety at Corner Canyon High

To the end of addressing ongoing safety and noise concerns, Draper Police will start issuing citations rather than warnings to teenagers and others who are congregating and, in some cases, racing vehicles at Corner Canyon High at night. Signs will be updated to close the campus at 10 p.m. Those found by police after the posted hours or engaging in dangerous behavior will receive a citation, according to an operation agreement between CSD, Draper City and Draper Police. Six gates also soon will be installed to block entrance to areas that are used for illegal and dangerous after-hours racing on the campus. The District will work with the city to community this information to the public. The Administration also will provide additional information about surveillance cameras in parking lots. 

2021 Start-of-School Plans

A timeline for the tasks to support an organized and successful start of school in fall 2021 was presented to the Board of Education. This process helps the District have needed information for appropriate staffing levels at schools. In addition, when the timeline is followed, appropriate and timely information regarding teaching assignments and class schedules can be provided to teachers and parents. Human Resources Director Steve Dimond reported on the recruiting efforts. Superintendent Dr. Robins and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Dowdle also addressed recruiting, interviewing, and COVID-19-related issues.

Legislative Update

External Relations Director Charlie Evans and Public Engagement Coordinator Susan Edwards updated the Board on the start of the 2021 General Session of the Utah Legislature, which began Tuesday, Jan. 19. The District’s government-relations team provides a daily email report to the Board and senior staff on the progress of education-related bills.

Curriculum Adoption

The Board of Education adopted “Utah Inspire Science” for the third-grade students. The curriculum, which would be implemented in fall 2021, has been available for parent review both digitally or at the central office since Dec. 15. 

Midvale CDA

Midvale City is asking the Board of Education to enter into a community development tax increment agreement to redevelop the city’s historic Main Street. The proposal seeks to preserve Midvale’s culture, while creating more space for businesses and housing.  The city also wants to build an arts and entertainment center where people gather, recreate, shop and dine. The Board continues to review the proposal. 

Consent Agenda

The Board of Education approved the Consent Agenda, including the minutes from the Dec. 15, 2020 meeting of the Board; minutes from the Jan. 5, 2021 meeting of the Board, hire and termination reports; purchasing bids; December Financial Reports; TSSP and LAND Trust Amendments for Midvale Middle, Bella Vista Elementary, East Midvale, Crescent Elementary, and Lone Peak Elementary.

Board Committee Assignments

Members of the Board of Education discussed assignments for the various District and community committees on which members participate as part of their duties. 

Recognitions

The following students, faculty and staff were recognized for their achievements:

  • Corner Canyon High quarterback Jaxson Dart for being named “Mr. Football” by the Deseret News for the 2020 prep season.
  • Corner Canyon High wide receiver Noah Kjar for being named Most Valuable Player in the 6A division for the 2020 prep season. The award was given by the Deseret News.
  • Hillcrest High and Midvale Elementary for being named Schools of Excellence by the Utah State Board of Education. The awards are presented to schools that have closed the opportunity gap for multicultural learners. 
  • The CSD employees who are organizing and executing the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics.  In the first week, 1,280 doses were administered. This week, CSD has been allotted 480 doses.
  • Karen Sterling, Director of Student Advocacy and Access, for her years of service to Canyons District. Sterling on Tuesday announced her retirement at the end of the school year. 

Superintendent, Business Administrator Reports

Superintendent Dr. Rick Robins reported on the “Test to Stay” event at Alta High, the fourth high school to do the Utah Department of Health program. Some 1,000 students did the rapid antigen test on Tuesday and more will be tested on Wednesday. A CSD high school that reaches a 1 percent rate of COVID-19 cases can stay in an in-person learning schedule if the school agrees to do the testing. Jordan High will do a “Test to Stay” on Thursday. Draper Park Middle, as a result of rising COVID-19 rates, will pivot to online learning for all students from Thursday, Jan. 21 to Feb. 1.  Dr. Robins lauded HR’s Steve Dimond for planning the vaccination clinics and IT’s Jeff Murry for programming the online scheduling program for the clinics. 

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox reported on the sale of bonds for school construction. He also thanked the HR department for planning the vaccination clinics, and Sterling for her tireless work.

Board Member Reports

Mrs. Clareen Arnold thanked the staff for planning a successful and organized vaccination clinic.  She also noted the teachers and Education Support Professionals who are going the extra mile in this era of COVID-19. 

Mrs. Holly Neibaur noted her excitement at being a part of the Board and mentioned the academic and community-outreach efforts undertaken by the District. She reported on attending the luncheon with legislators to discuss the Board’s priorities for the current session. She also attended the online meeting of the Utah School Boards Association, and recognized Mrs. Amber Shill, who is the new USBA president.

Mr. Steve Wrigley also reported on attending the annual legislative luncheon and the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic. He noted the “Test to Stay” program, which keeps our high schools open, and said how excited he was to start another year on the Board. He thanked Shill for her work in CSD Board leadership.

Mrs. Shill thanked Ms. Sterling for her work advocating for students. She congratulated those who were elected to Board leadership, and said he was “optimistic” for the year.

Mrs. Amanda Oaks reported on the USBA conference, the legislative luncheon, and the Student Advisory Council meeting. She thanked Tingey, Wrigley and Shill for their work as the leadership of the Board. She lauded Sterling for her work as the Director of Student Advocacy and Access. 

Mr. Mont Millerberg noted this week’s Presidential Inauguration and the importance of educating students about the country’s founding documents. He asked the Administration to focus on teaching the principles in the U.S. Constitution and plan events on Constitution Day. He said it took about 30 minutes to get his vaccination, and thanked the departments that played a part in running the event. He thanked Sterling for her efforts.

President Tingey noted Butler Middle’s soda “creation” competition won by a Butler Middle, which Tingey said was indicative of the innovation and support seen in CSD schools. She thanked the Board, especially the past year’s Board leadership, for their support. She welcomed Mr. Neibaur to the Board.

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