Getting Involved





Getting Involved

Board Summary, Sept. 20, 2022

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

Bus Study

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.

Policy Update

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.

Patron Comment

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

  • Andrew Morgan
  • Jennifer Stark

School Highlights

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.

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Board Meeting Schedule

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Education for Canyons School District will hold a regular study session and public business meeting at the Canyons District Office building, 9361 S. 300 E., Sandy, UT each month unless otherwise posted. The Board may determine to conduct some business during a study session. All business meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. unless changed by the Board and appropriately posted for the public.

Please note that ALL DATES, TIMES and LOCATIONS listed on this scheduled are TENTATIVE and are subject to change at any time.  Please check this schedule often to be informed of any changes.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings in the schedule below will take place as the Canyons District Office located at 9361 S. 300 E. in Sandy, Utah.

District Leaders

Dr. Rick Robins


Dr. Rick L. Robins is the superintendent of Canyons School District. Dr. Robins, who was selected by the Canyons Board of Education after a national search, brings 24 years of experience as an educator to his role as the chief executive officer of Utah’s fifth-largest school district. Prior to joining Canyons, Dr. Robins, who earned an Ed.D. from the University of Las Vegas, for six years was Superintendent of the Juab School District, based in Nephi, Utah. While there, Dr. Robins, who also was the Juab High School Principal from 2009-2013, helped oversee efforts to improve the district’s graduation rate to 97 percent, a double-digit increase over a 10-year period. Other innovations he led in Juab included a partnership with Arizona State University for blended-learning opportunities; the launch of a districtwide competency-based personalized learning model driven by a 1:1 technology initiative and standards-based reporting system; and the construction of the STEM-focused West Campus Innovations Center, funded largely through private and corporate sponsorships. Dr. Robins began his career as a history teacher at Copper Hills High in the Jordan School District and has worked as an assistant principal and principal in the Alpine, Nebo and Juab school districts. He was the 2012 Utah High School Principal of the Year for the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2014 earned the Lexington Institute Superintendent Fellowship Award presented to innovative superintendents across the country. Dr. Robins was starting quarterback for the football team at Southern Utah University Thunderbirds from 1991-1995, and in 2013 was inducted into SUU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He has four children and one grandchild.

Leon Wilcox

Business Administrator and CFO

Leon Wilcox is a seasoned professional with 20 years of governmental accounting experience, with an emphasis on financial reporting, budgeting, and auditing. As Canyons District’ Director of Accounting from 2009-2013, Wilcox was intricately involved with the 2009 division of $1.5 billion in assets of the former Jordan School District, and was responsible for establishing Canyons’ original and subsequent budgets. Wilcox, a certified public accountant who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Utah State University, also has worked nine years in the Granite School District and six years in the State Auditor’s Office.

Supervises:  Accounting and Budget Services, Facilities and Maintenance, Insurance, New Construction Budget, Nutrition Services, Purchasing, Payroll

Dr. Robert M. Dowdle

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance

Robert Dowdle has a Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah, and more than 31 years of experience as a teacher and educational leader. He began his career at Mount Jordan Middle School, where he taught Earth Science, English and Social Studies. He later taught Advanced Placement Economics, U.S. History and World History at Bingham High School, and served as Principal of Jordan High School and Assistant Principal for Alta High School and Brighton High School. Dowdle has served in the District office for 11 years as Assistant Superintendent. This role has included various leadership responsibilities, including Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Dowdle currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance.

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!

Specialty Schools

High Schools

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

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