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Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012

Oak Hollow Interim Principal, Alta High Assistant Principal Appointed

Corrie Barrett was appointed interim principal of Oak Hollow Elementary. She has been working as an assistant principal at Alta High School, and previously worked as assistant principal of Butler Middle School. Barrett will replace Trenton Goble, who is resigning Feb. 17 to pursue other career opportunities.

Justin Matagi, who works as a hearing officer in the District Office of Civil Rights and Accommodations and previously worked as an intern assistant principal at Hillcrest High School, will replace Barrett as assistant principal at Alta High School.

Study Session

Board members reported on their experiences at the Utah School Boards Convention at Little America. They took seminars about involving community in accomplishing District goals and looking systemwide to make improvements; the importance of teams in public education; use of Open Source textbooks online; harnessing the power of social media; and legislative and education law updates.

The Board also received a legislative update from Canyons Chief of Staff Charles Evans, including the progress of bills regarding class size reduction, tuition tax credits, and adaptive testing, as well as legislation requiring education entities to fund health insurance mandates and the state budget. Board President Tracy Scott Cowdell noted that Canyons since its inception has worked hard to create and maintain good relationships with legislators, and feels the efforts have been successful. To listen to the Study Session, visit and click Agenda Item 2A.

The proposed extra-curricular fee schedule was tabled at this time to allow Chief Financial Officer Keith Bradford time to examine it in detail.

Board Action

The Board approved the Consent Agenda, which includes the Jan. 17 minutes; purchasing bids; adoption of the Elementary language arts curriculum; the Athletic Eligibility proposal; UHSAA application; the Corner Canyon High School sewer easement extension; approval to purchase property for the 2012-2013 CTEC onsite construction program; and administrative appointments. The Board also approved overnight travel for the Brighton Dance Company and CTE HOSA and DECA. The Board amended the consent agenda and approved an employee settlement. The Board denied a student appeal.

Patron Comments

Canyons Education Association President Ross Rogers invited Board members and administrators to join CEA for Educators Day on the Hill each Friday, when many teachers use personal days to go to the Legislature to support education. He also noted great interest in the District’s Legislative Updates, and requested an online feed be created for it to reach more people. President Cowdell said he would direct staff to do that, and thanked Rogers and teachers for their work and sacrifice to lobby for education.

Betty Shaw of Region 17 PTA invited the Board to the Feb. 24 PTA Day on Capitol Hill. There, PTA leaders will review bills of interest to PTA and offer a luncheon.

Board Reports

Paul McCarty said he is impressed with the Board chamber, and said he hopes good things will occur here.

Kim Horiuchi offered a public thank you for well wishes extended to her brother in-law, Salt Lake County Councilman Randy Horiuchi, as he recovers from a stroke. She said the family is encouraged that he will be back on his feet soon.

Cowdell recognized Casey Rupp, a Cub Scout who helped with the flag ceremony to open the Board Meeting, who lives in his neighborhood. He also recognized Troop 427 of East Midvale, who was attending Board Meeting to work on the Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge. He noted study session was focused and went well, and thanked the Board for its flexibility when some things had to be pulled from the agenda.

Vice President Sherril Taylor acknowledged the excellent work of the administration, and the educational practices going on in schools. He said Canyons has great teachers, and thanked some for attending Board Meeting tonight.

Mont Millerberg said he was member of Troop 427, and thanked the Scouts for attending Board Meeting. He attended the Utah School foundation convention in St. George, and praised members of the Canyons School District Education Foundation for taking time off work for a retreat. He attended the biweekly meeting to prepare for the Active Shooter Drill scheduled for June at Alta High, and anticipates good things will result from the exercise. He was impressed with the Union Middle School musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” the school’s first. The play was so well received that the students put on an encore performance Tuesday night. He praised the professionals and volunteers in Canyons schools for their work to go above and beyond the call of duty to make schools better.

Steve Wrigley noted Eastmont Middle School is performing “Fiddler on the Roof” next week, and invited the Board to attend.

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent was excused from the meeting to attend to family matters.

Closed Session

The Board met in Closed Session for the purpose of discussing the character, professional competence, or physical or mental health of an individual, and pending or reasonably imminent litigation.

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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!

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