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New School Lunch Prices Approved:
The Board approved a 20-cent increase in most school meal prices (see http://www.boarddocs.com/ut/
), which have remained stable the past five years despite rising
food costs. The Board also wants to boost efforts to encourage families in need to apply for meal assistance.
The Board also approved as part of its consent agenda overnight travel requests for Brighton High
Cheer Camp and a Hillcrest High Shakespeare Theatre Competition. It changed the JATC’s name to the
Canyons Technical Education Center (CTEC), and CTEC’s cosmetology program from a tuition-based
program to a concurrent enrollment program expected to save students $3,000 to $4,000. The Board also
scheduled its meetings for the first and third Tuesdays of each month, beginning in August, and approved
purchase orders, monthly expenditure reports, and the June 2 meeting minutes.

Science Fair Champs Honored
Six students within Canyons District boundaries were honored for their science projects, which received
top awards at the regional Central Utah Science and Engineering Fair sponsored by Brigham Young University
and were displayed at Board meeting. Honored were: Luke Davis, Jake Hansen and Dillon Platt,
Ridgecrest Elementary; Karyne Dimas, Sunrise Elementary; Megane Osborne, Canyon View Elementary;
and Nityam Rathi, Peruvian Park Elementary.

CFO, Superintendent’s Update: Mr. Bradford reported on Tuesday’s business meeting with principals and
staff. Superintendent David Doty asked the Communications Office to update the Board on kickoff and
other event planning details.

Board Reports: Member Ellen Wallace attended Jordan Resource Center and Jordan High School graduations;
spoke at Eastmont Student Senators’ recognition night; and asked about Board plans on various
group memberships. Member Kim Horiuchi attended Brighton High and Hillcrest High graduations, and
praised Brighton High for its state championship win in Girls’ Lacrosse. Member Kevin Cromar said meeting
with parents, students and communities is the highlight of his Board service and suggested colleagues
visit schools outside their precincts to promote unity. He praised Butler Middle School seventh-grader
Monika Kowalski’s National PTA Reflections Contest win in visual arts; Brighton’s state championship in
boys’ soccer and girls’ lacrosse; Brighton’s showing at the state track meet; Alta High’s concerto night;
Midvale school community events; Granite Elementary’s moving Celebration of America program; Canyons’
inaugural Teacher of the Year Barb Scrafford of Brighton High; and Brighton student John Collinson,
the youngest Westerner to summit Mount Everest. Member Sherril Taylor praised Alta High
School’s commencement ceremony. President Tracy Cowdell attended the Itineris Early College High
School commencement and noted his interest in the Early College High School model. He also praised Valley
High’s commencement, and requested administration to explore alternative programs for younger
teens. Paul McCarty thanked science fair winners for showing their work to the Board, the work of the
Communications staff, and PTA officials attending Board meeting.

Study Session: Granite District’s Police Chief Randy Johnson reported on security his office provides to
Granite schools. The Granite Police Department is Utah’s only school district police force and runs on
about a $3.5 million budget. Canyons’ budget includes contracts with local police agencies to provide security.
The Board called for additional security information from District staff and police agencies. In budgetary
matters, CFO Keith Bradford noted Canyons’ assessed valuation is lower than anticipated, and proposed
setting tax rates to bring in the same amount of revenues next fiscal year. A truth-in-taxation hearing
is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 4. The Board met in closed session to discuss negotiations.

– Jennifer Toomer-Cook

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