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Board Meeting Summary, July 11, 2017

Board Meeting Summary, July 11, 2017

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

Land Trust Plans

Alice Peck, Director of Elementary Schools, shared for the Board’s consideration updated Land Trust plans for Alta High and Butler Middle School. The originally proposed plans were rejected by a reviewer with the state, because they proposed to cover the cost of counselors, which the rules don’t allow. Land Trust money must be devoted to school improvement plans for boosting student achievement. However, as the amended plans strive to better explain, these counselors would be tasked with monitoring and supporting academic performance, Peck explained. The plans were amended to add clarifying language and contain no substantive changes, she added. The Board approved them on the consent agenda and directed the administration to file an appeal with the state.

Discussion About Possible Construction Projects

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox sketched out a possible plan for continuing to address capital needs. In 2009, CSD’s inaugural year, an architectural review showed $650 million in needed repairs. Since then, the District has completed or begun work on 13 major upgrades financed through a $250 million bond approved by voters in 2010. Wilcox presented information on buildings that could possibly be targeted for improvements if the District were to seek another tax-neutral bond. Board members were generally supportive of the idea, but agreed they want more information before making a final decision, including the results of an opinion poll to gauge public support. In addition to eight major rebuilds or refurbishments, a for-discussion-only list of possible construction projects includes a plan to add skylights to 18 elementary schools in every corner of the District. The Board will take up the issue at the next meeting on August 1.

Consent Agenda

The Board approved the consent agenda including: minutes from the June 13 and June 27 meetings; new hires and terminations; purchasing bids; student travel plans, June financial reports; amended Trust Plans for Alta High and Butler Middle; and an MOU with the Canyons Education Association regarding a 2017-2018 salary placement conversion.

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If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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