Note: Recordings and documents for agenda items can be accessed via BoardDocs by clicking on the corresponding agenda items.
The Board of Education asked the Administration to conduct a survey to gauge community sentiment on shifting the start and end times of high, middle and elementary schools. Potential survey questions will be drafted by the Operations Subcommittee that is studying Strategic Plan initiatives.
The following were recognized for their achievements:
- Twenty students from Hillcrest, Alta and Corner Canyon who are semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholar competition.
- Jordan High student Karen Kanthak for becoming one of only 63 students in the world to earn every point possible on the May 2022 AP Spanish Language and Culture exam.
- Associate Director for Communications Kirsten Stewart for being named president-elect of the Utah School Public Relations Association.
Also noted was the Canyons Education Foundation’s 12th annual golf tournament planned for Sept. 22 at Wasatch State Park Golf Course. Funds raised at the event are funneled back to schools, teachers and students.
The Board of Education is considering updates to policies governing sanitation in schools; open enrollment, school admissions, and school moratoriums; and community engagement and strategic communication wtih stakeholders. The Board continues to review the proposed updates.
The following patrons addressed the Board during Patron Comment. Recordings of their remarks can be accessed on BoardDocs.
- Andrew Morgan
- Jennifer Stark
Granite Elementary and its satellite school, the Goldminer’s Daughter, located at the Alta Ski Resort, are known for their academic achievement, parent involvement, and innovation, says Principal Elcena Saline. Granite Elementary consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in the state for academics, and the level of parent involvement, including an active School Community Council and PTA, provides students such opportunities as speech and debate, special music courses, and class reading parties, among others. Students at the Goldminer’s Daughter take walks in nature and ask questions like scientists would, Saline said. The Granite school community also is dedicated to inclusion. Special-education students are welcomed and included in all parts of the school, she said. Saline noted that this year’s biggest challenging is staffing. The school still is looking for successful candidates for several positions.
Open Meetings Training
General Counsel Dan Harper conducted required training on the state’s Open Meeting Laws.
Superintendent, Business Administrator Remarks
Superintendent Dr. Rick Robins noted the Tuesday, Sept. 20 National IT Professionals Day and thanked the District’s IT professionals for their good, professional work.
Business Administrator Leon Wilcox mentioned CSD’s ongoing search for paraprofessionals and noted that a volunteer sign-up sheet is circulated among central-office departments to help provide employee coverage for Jordan Valley, CSD’s school for students with severe disabilities.
Board Member Remarks
Mrs. Amber Shill noted Cottonwood Heights’ ceremony to honor the Teachers of the Year from Cottonwood Heights-area schools. She reported on attending high school football games, which she said are true community events.
Mrs. Holly Neibaur discusssed the required daily tasks of teachers, as mentioned by Midvalley Elementary teacher Jennifer Stark who presented during Patron Comment, and asked the Administration to brainstorm how to simplify and prioritize for teachers.
Mr. Steve Wrigley also said the District should look at establishing priorities for teachers.
Mrs. Amanda Oaks noted Mrs. Stark’s remarks during Patron Comments and reported on attending the Canyoneering Academy and Sandy’s Gold Star Family Memorial.
Mr. Mont Millerberg reported on attending Sandy’s Healing Field, Constitution Day, and the Gold Star Family Memorial.
President Tingey thanked the IT department for its “unseen” yet “heroic” work making sure the technological systems continue working to enhance and support the District’s schools and departments.