Butler Middle School
Hillcrest Peer Leaders Recognized: The Board recognized the Hillcrest Peer Leadership Team for outstanding
work as reading tutors at Oakdale Elementary School. Honored were: Group sponsor Leslie Trelease;
students Kirsten Arnold, Camille Bickmore, Dallan Carter, Lauren Dalgleish, James Dansie, Beau
Dixon, Jentry Frandsen, Melisa Ghersi, Tory Hallenburg, Michelle Hawkins, Kirt Haynie, Brittanie Hofheins,
Cecilia Li, Keith Olsen, Hillary Terrell, Brittanee Butterfield, Laura Castaldo, Anthony Drage,
Lindsay Fenstermaker, Jordan Hamren, Alyssa Hansen, Hannah Israelsen, Jake Larsen, Lucas Li, Ali
Monsen, Megan Neidiger, Ashleigh Ramirez, and Cheyenne Thompson.
Assistant Principal Appointed: The Board ratified the appointment of Doug Hallenbeck as the new assistant
principal at Mount Jordan Middle School. Mr. Hallenbeck, now assistant principal of Elk Ridge Middle
School, replaces Ben Lems, Canyons Director of Planning and Enrollment Management.
School Spotlighted: Butler Middle School Principal Marsha Morgan spotlighted partnerships and successes
at the First Amendment School, which emphasizes Rights, Respect and Responsibility across the curriculum.
Highlights include student projects, community support, and excellent teachers three-fourths of
whom have Masters Degrees and have been honored on the state and national level.
Consent Agenda Approved: The Board approved the May 5 meeting minutes; a fee increase for the Participation
Skills and Techniques course; overnight travel requests for Hillcrest High Student Government and
Brighton High Volleyball; and school LAND Trust Proposals.
Board, Superintendent, CFO Reports: Board Member Kevin Cromar participated in Quail Hollow Elementary’s
fun run, and noted its Gold Medal Schools recognition. He and Board Member Kim Horiuchi congratulated
Brighton High Boys Tennis for its State Championship win. Mrs. Horiuchi praised Ridgecrest
Elementary’s orchestra performance and hoped for more school music specialists. She and Ellen Wallace
also praised the Jordan Education Foundation’s scholarship banquet. Mrs. Wallace urged Canyons and
Jordan District to team up at the foundation’s golf tournament, and praised the BYU Partnership. Superintendent
Doty updated the board on efforts to form the Canyons Education Foundation, and will post a
director job listing next week. CFO Keith Bradford noted 50 days remain until kickoff.
Patron Comments: Canyons Education Association President Tony Romanello thanked the Board and administration
for their openness and outreach, but said employees feel in the dark about some issues. He
urged the Board to proceed with care and employee involvement in determining whether the district
should opt in to Social Security.
Study Session: The Board discussed a legal requirement for new governmental agencies to either opt in or
out of the federal Social Security program. The Board expressed desire to gather information on both
sides, put the matter to an employee vote, and work with the Canyons Education Association to educate
employees about the matter. The Board heard progress reports on the budget and from the Transportation,
Facilities, Purchasing, Accounting, Information Technology, Special Education and Nutrition Services
departments. It asked to hear presentations June 2 on bonding and Alta High’s request for teacher
collaboration and student assistance. The Board met in closed session to discuss personnel, litigation and