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Board Summary, April 19, 2022

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

Strategic Plan

The Board unanimously approved a Strategic Plan to serve as the District’s “North Star” for the next five to 10 years. Throughout the year-long process to develop the plan with the assistance of education consultants Education Elements, great effort was made to incorporate CSD teaching and learning strategies while also reflecting the vision of the CSD community. To inform the direction of the strategic plan, students, educators, parents, and local government officials participated in surveys, planning meetings, focus groups, and other forums. Under the growth blueprint, the District will align its strategies to focus on high-quality learning, access and opportunity, human-centered supports, and operating systems. This is the first comprehensive strategic plan in Canyons’ 13-year history. “So many people have put so much work into this document,” said Canyons Superintendent Dr. Rick Robins. The Board and Administration will next map out strategies for implementing the plan. “This is not the beginning or the end. This is a point in time that represents all the work that went into creating this document, which also incorporates 12 years of Canyons District values and vision and mission while also looking forward,” said Board President Nancy Tingey.

Boundary Update for Midvale-Area Schools

Following six months of study and public input, the Administration recommends adoption of new boundaries to equalize enrollment at Midvale-area schools. The Board of Education continues to review the boundary-change proposal, which if approved would go into effect in 2023-2024. The maps of the proposed boundary changes can be found at BoardDocs.

Consent Agenda

The Board of Education approved the Consent Agenda, including: the minutes for the March 29, 2022 meeting of the Board; hire and termination reports; purchasing bids; student-overnight travel requests; March financial reports; and a plan to move one portable classroom to Silver Mesa Elementary, four portable classrooms to the new Diamond Ridge High location, and three portable classrooms to the Crescent View Building.

Policy Change Proposals

Changes are proposed to Board of Education-approved policies governing student travel and home and hospital instruction. If approved, the student-travel policy would be adjusted so the gross cap fee expense for student overnight travel from $1,250 to $1,500, consistent with the proposed 2022-2023 fee schedule. The proposed policy also addresses travel approval for out-of-area region competitions. The suggested home and hospital instruction policy would clarify that out-of-boundary students qualify for home and hospital instruction services through CSD, among other changes. The Board of Education will continue to review the proposed updated policies.

Fee Waivers for School Usage of Salt Lake County Parks

The Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Committee has asked Board member Mont Millerberg, Canyons’ representative on the committee, to work with the District’s Administration to collect requests for fee waivers for the use of county parks. The Administration will work with schools to collect and submit those.

Teacher of the Year Ceremony

The Board adjourned its Business Meeting at 7 p.m. to allow Board members time to travel to Hillcrest High School for the 2022 Teacher of the Year ceremony. Hillcrest Principal Greg Leavitt led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance and opened the ceremony with highlights about the new home of the Huskies, its faculty, staff and, students. Board members then joined the Administration in celebrating each of CSD’s Teachers of the Year before announcing semi-finalists and finalists for the overall District Teacher of the Year, and an overall winner who will represent Canyons in the state’s Teacher of Year contest. With funds raised by the Canyons Education Foundation, the Foundation Board distributed cash prizes and gift bags. The overall winner, finalists, and semi-finalists are:

The Elementary-Level and Overall Teacher of the Year Winner:
Draper Elementary School’s Katie Tinoco

Middle School Teacher of the Year
Mount Jordan Middle School’s Skyler Bluemel

High School Teacher of the Year
Brighton High School’s Nicole Shon

Semi-Finalists:
Jordan High School’s Alaina Stone
Oakdale Elementary’s Danielle Wheeler
Sprucewood Elementary’s Tiffany McDaniel
Union Middle School’s Elisa Taysom

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