Board Summary, July 12, 2022

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

Board Summary

Human-Centered Supports

A program to address concerning student behavioral issues in Canyons schools is being developed by CSD’s Student Services, Instructional Supports, Federal Programs, and Special Education departments. An update on the effort was presented by Student Services Director Dr. Brian McGill and Instructional Supports Director Dr. Amber Roderick-Landward. McGill said Tier I supports are sorely needed in CSD schools. Throughout the last school year, McGill said, Canyons logged 9,145 office referrals, an increase of 1,290 over the 2017-2018 school year, the second-highest year of student-discipline cases in CSD. According to school data, McGill said, defiance was the most-common student-behavior issue. The year’s discipline data also suggests CSD students are more aggressive and disruptive than in previous years. When the new “life skills” curriculum is implemented, said McGill, Canyons schools will have more tools to build positive and welcoming campus climates; improve school safety; reduce bullying, discrimination, and harassment claims; and prevent suicides. The life skills curriculum also will satisfy part of the newly approved Strategic Plans that calls for CSD to implement tiered systems to support the well-being of students, and foster integrity, responsibility, hard work, resilience, lifelong learning, personal growth, service, and respect. The CSD-developed life skills curriculum will center on areas of focus culled from Utah’s Portrait of a Graduate and aligned with skills identified as important by Utah’s Department of Workforce Services. An advisory board, which includes parents, will review the materials before they are introduced to schools, according to a rollout plan. The Administration will continue working on the program.

Administrative Appointment

The Board of Education approved two administrative appointments. Ryan Jakeman will become the new Assistant Director of Facilities, succeeding Scott Taggart, who is the new Director of Support Services for Murray City School District. Jakeman will continue to serve as the District’s primary Risk Management Coordinator, as well as chair of CSD’s Emergency Management Team. Danny Davis, an accountant in CSD’s Accounting Department, will become the new Director of Accounting, Auditing and Budgeting. He replaces the retiring Gary Warwood. His appointment will be effective Aug. 15.

Patron Comment

The following patrons addressed the Board during Patron Comment. Recordings of their remarks can be accessed on BoardDocs.

  • Steve Van Maren

Consent Agenda

The Board of Education approved the Consent Agenda, including the minutes for the Board of Education meeting on June 21, 2022;  hire and termination reports; purchasing bids; student-overnight travel requests; July financial reports; and administrative appointments.

Recognitions

The following were recognized for their achievements:

  • Corner Canyon boys lacrosse players Mason Quick and Jon King, who were honored by the Deseret News after their championship-winning season. Quick was named “Mr. Lacrosse” and King won both the 6A Player of the Year and the Playoff MVP awards.
  • CSD Education Support Professionals Bob Martin, an assistant maintenance coordinator, and Darci Nash, the Purchasing Department’s administrative assistant, received awards from the Utah Education Employees Association. Martin received the Utah School Employee Association’s Outstanding Educational Support Professional Award, and Nash received the Honorary ESP award.

Board Committee Assignments

The Board of Education discussed the possible formation and launch of committees to work on the  implementation of the District’s strategic plan.

Superintendent, Business Administrator Reports

Dr. Robins noted the “Show Up For Teachers” conference planned by Utah first lady Abby Cox and Utah Gov. Spencer Cox. Some 70 teachers from Canyons signed up to attend the event at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Business Administrator Leon Wilcox said the Canyons’ business team plans to publish this year’s Budget Book on the CSD website this week, in time for tax notices to be received by Canyons patrons. He updated the Board on the progress of construction of the new Glacier Hills and Peruvian Park elementary schools.

Board of Education Reports

Mr. Mont Millerberg mentioned Cox’s “Show Up” initiatives and the conference held for Utah teachers Tuesday in Salt Lake City. He appreciated the focus on the emotional wellness of teachers.

Mrs. Amanda Oaks noted the announcement on the development of The Point, the land where the Utah State Prison currently sits and that will be developed after the correctional facility moves to Salt Lake City. She also believes civics education should be emphasized, and said she appreciated the conversations she had with constituents during the primary campaign.

Mr. Steve Wrigley also remarked on the conversations he’s had with patrons during the primary campaign.

Mrs. Holly Neibaur expressed appreciation for America’s liberties and freedoms, which were celebrated on Independence Day.

Mrs. Amber Shill said the “Show Up for Teachers” conference was worthwhile. She also thanked administrators for their hard work preparing for the school year, even during the summer months.

President Nancy Tingey lauded the “Show Up for Teachers” conference planning, including the feedback from teachers about the climate they would like at their schools. She said she wants to focus on genuinely acknowledging the excellent work done by the CSD school communities to prepare for the school year.

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