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Board Meeting Summary May 6, 2014

Employee Group Negotiated Agreements Approved

The Board approved the negotiated agreements with the Canyons Education Association and the Canyons Education Support Professionals Association. Board Member Kim Horiuchi thanked the negotiating teams of both groups and said she believes employees will be pleased with the contracts.

“We’re very appreciative of everyone, and I think these are good agreements,” Board President Sherril Taylor said.

New Administrators Appointed

The Board approved the following administrative appointments:

– Sally Sansom, now serving as Principal of East Midvale Elementary, will become the Human Resources Administrator for Elementary Schools. She replaces Susan Callister, who is retiring.
– Alice Peck, currently Principal of Oakdale Elementary, will become Principal of East Midvale.
– Kierstin Draper, an Administrative Intern at Alta High who has a strong elementary background, will become Principal of Oakdale Elementary.
– Marianne Yule, who currently is the Administrative Intern at Willow Springs Elementary, will become Principal at Willow Springs. She replaces Sharyle Karren, who is retiring.
– Cindy Hanson, Administrative Intern at Brighton High, will become Assistant Principal at Brighton High. She replaces Larry Odom, who is retiring.
– Tifny Iacona, Administrative Intern at Midvale Elementary, will become an Assistant Principal at Jordan Valley and Canyons Transition Academy.
– Lori Jones, currently the District’s Coordinator of Comprehensive Guidance Counseling, will become Principal of Sprucewood Elementary. She replaces Garth Anderson, who is retiring.
– Cathy Schino, now serving as Assistant Principal at Midvale Middle, will become Principal of Edgemont Elementary. She replaces Karen Kezarian, who is retiring.
– Karen Fairhurst, an Achievement Coach at Hillcrest High, will become an Assistant Principal at Midvale Middle.

“We are excited about these appointees,” Interim Superintendent Dr. Ginger Rhode said. “We had strong candidates, and we are thrilled to have these people in their new positions.”

Budget Proposals Presented

Interim CFO Leon Wilcox continued his presentation of budget proposals for the Board’s consideration. The proposals  include adding a ninth-grade football, boys and girls soccer program, possibly as early as next school year; an extra assistant principal, office staff and counselor to middle schools exceeding 1,400 students; expanding preschool and kindergarten success; expanding the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Art Program with specialists to include seven additional elementary schools; seven new special education buses; and continuation of capital projects including Alta High’s remodel and new tennis courts, Ridgecrest parking lot, Jordan Valley remodel, Brighton soccer field, Mount Jordan Middle School.

The Board is expected to adopt a tentative budget for public view on June 10.
To listen to the discussion, please visit BoardDocs and click Agenda Item 2A.

Committee Formed to Study Possible United Way Partnership

The Board agreed in study session to form a committee to continue the conversation with United Way and study details for a possible partnership for after-school programs in the Midvale area. The committee, proposed by Board Member Robert Green would include Board members, superintendent, Office of Student advocacy and Access, Community Schools leader and a United Way representative. The committee would examine Midvale afterschool offerings and how a partnership with United Way could expand and enhance those programs. It also would provide updates to the Board regarding work toward a possible partnership.
To listen to the discussion, please visit BoardDocs and click Agenda Item 2B.

Board Recognizes Student Advisory Council Service

The Board thanked the Student Advisory Council  for its service in its inaugural year.
Members of CSD’s first Student Advisory Council, chaired by founder and Alta student Katrina Jones, are:
– Alta: Kaitlyn Larsen and Rocky Evans
– Brighton: Richard Wight and Courtney Crist
– Corner Canyon: Erica Johnson and Annelise Preite
– Jordan: Olivia Marz and Ashlie Miller
– Hillcrest: Shelby Brey and Naveen Rathi

Board President Taylor thanked Jones for her initiative to create the council to give voice to students in Board matters. He said the council has had an impact on communication with students and the Board, and created firm footing for other students to follow. Board 2nd Vice President Nancy Tingey thanked the advisors and student participants, and Jones for her vision. She also urged the council members to continue to seek ways to stay involved in their communities.

“Innovations and startup programs require a great deal of determination, time, energy and patience,” Tingey said. “Thank you for finding the time to serve in your busy high school lives.”

To listen to the presentation, please visit BoardDocs  and click Agenda Item 8.

STEAM Student Achievements Honored

Following a reception to honor student achievement, the Board recognized the following students for their accomplishments in academics, athletics, and science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM):

– Kelly Vogrinec, Jordan High: 2014 Canyons Idol, who also performed the National Anthem
– Osa Masina, Brighton, All—Tribune Football Team MVP
– Brighton Boys Swim Team, 5A State Champions
– Matt Findlay, Alta, 5A State Wrestling Champ
– Alex Moushey, Corner Canyon, 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Leadership Award
– Tanisha Martheswaran, Midvale Middle, Utah MathCounts State Champion
– Valerie Sanchez and Akbar Khan, Hillcrest, 2014 Coca-Cola Scholars
– David Sagae, Hillcrest, 2014 Sterling Scholar in Business and Marketing
– Tanner Nelson, Jordan, 2014 Sterling Scholar in World Languages
– Jeffrey Hampshire, Jordan; Sasha Choi, Alta; and Feiying Fan, Hillcrest: Best of Show, High School Art Show
– Awards of Merit, Utah PTA Reflections Contest:
o J.J. Sullivan, Altara Elementary, 3D
o Kambri Butcher, Park Lane Elementary, Dance
o Abigail Slama-COT-run, Peruvian Park Elementary, Literature
o Sarah White, Hillcrest High, Music
o Lilly Noel, Ridgecrest Elementary, Photography
– Honorable Mention, Utah PTA Reflections Contest:
o Luciana Bizek, Altara Elementary, 3D
o Ellie Llewelyn, Oak Hollow, Dance
o Audrey Orgill, Eastmont Middle, Film
o Isabelle Clark, East Sandy Elementary, Film
o Ella Moeller, Oak Hollow Elementary, Film
o Attalie Lunt, Oakdale Elementary, Music
o Isaac Bowen, Draper Park Middle School, Music
o Hannah Baros, Oakdale Elementary, Photography
o Madeline Ashton, Hillcrest High, Visual Arts
– Awards of Excellence, Utah PTA Reflections Contest:
o Ashlyn Cotterell, Willow Springs Elementary, Dance
o Sophie Pohlsander, Brookwood Elementary, Literature
o Grace Moore, Oak Hollow Elementary, Visual Arts
– Nick Fife, Hillcrest, National PTA Reflections Award of Merit, Dance
– Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair:
– Tyler Neyman, Draper Park Middle, and Peter Vawdrey and Alex Cheng, Midvale Middle Broadcom MASTERS finalists
– Grand Prize, $80,000 scholarship, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair qualifiers: Bovey Rao, Brandon Cui, and Calvin Yu, Hillcrest
– Intel Grand Champion alternates: Nityam Rathi, Merry Joseph, Hillcrest. Joseph also was recognized by the International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment Project Olympiad
– Brighton FIRSTRobotics, Rookie Inspiration Award, 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition
– Zaven Gurule and Savannah Agardy, Brighton Model UN, Best Position award, European Union conference at Brigham Young University
– Ben Rosenthal, Corner Canyon, First Place, Entrepreneurship, Written, State DECA Competition
– Mitchell McAffee, Hillcrest, First Place, Networking Concepts, FBLA State Leadership Conference
– Samuel Li, Hillcrest, First Place, Career Preparation and Extemporaneous Speech, TSA State Conference
– Hanna Jones, Jordan, First Place, STAR Fashion Construction, FCCLA Utah Chapter
– Anna Stuart, Alta/CTEC, CNA excellence, State HOSA Competition
– David Skorut, Hillcrest, Skills USA Utah Championship, Digital Cinema Production
– Kenzie Hall, Corner Canyon, American Idol Season 13 Top 30, who also performed her Hollywood Week solo, Macklemore’s “Can’t Hold Us”

To listen to the presentation, please visit BoardDocs  and click Agenda Item 10D.

Board Action

The Board approved the April 22 and April 29 minutes; Purchasing Bids; Home School Affidavit; April Hires and Terminations; Administrative Appointments; Digital Supports for Math Instruction; and overnight student travel for Alta Cheer, Dance Company, Drill Team, Student Government, Theatre Department, and Yearbook; Brighton Cheer Team and Student Government; Corner Canyon Cheer Team; CSD HOSA; and Hillcrest Debate, Drill Team, and Theatre Department. The Board approved Squire as the District’s financial auditor, noting Green’s concerns that the District may need a new auditing firm to ensure fresh eyes on District finances. Wilcox noted Squire specializes in school district financial audits, and that auditing teams are different every year.

To listen to the discussion, please visit BoardDocs and click Agenda Item 6.

Patron Comments

Patron Michael Conran expressed concerns with the cell tower at Brighton High, and noted he had sent information in that regard to the Board via e-mail. He said it is a health issue to have a cell tower at Brighton High school due to radio wave emissions. He said additional technologies and bandwidths have been added to towers by the wireless companies. He asked the Board to get engaged and understand cell towers more, which he said is impacting the health of students.

Board Member Tracy Cowdell responded to Conran. He noted cell towers are in parks and malls and other buildings throughout the valley. He suggested Conran address his concerns to the FCC or other regulatory body, noting the Board is unlikely to address this matter in the near future. Conran said he hopes not all Board members feel that way.

To listen to the discussion, please visit BoardDocs  and click Agenda Item 5.

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Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

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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