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Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

Board Gives Preliminary Approval to Elementary, High School Boundaries

The Board in Study Session preliminarily adopted boundary maps for elementary and high schools for final consideration on Nov. 15.

The Board gave preliminary approval to the Adjusted Elementary School Boundary Proposal.

The Board also gave preliminary approval to High School Boundary Option 1, which was submitted by the Boundary Steering Committee last spring. Five of seven Board members said they favored that proposal.

Overall, the Board considered two high school options submitted by the Boundary Steering Committee. It also considered a proposal submitted by Board Member Paul McCarty, who sought to include more Draper residents in the new high school’s boundary. But several Board members said the proposal would bring the new high school’s enrollment to 96 percent of capacity in the first year, which would result in some teachers not having their own classroom and not be academically optimal for students. The new high school would open at 85 percent capacity under the boundary proposal favored by the majority of the Board. Also, the Board did not adopt an amendment submitted by Board Member Kevin Cromar to include a neighborhood of students attending Albion in Brighton High boundaries instead of Jordan High boundaries.

The Board deferred discussion of the middle school boundary proposals until Nov. 15 to allow sufficient time for careful consideration and preliminary adoption. Final vote on the middle school boundary proposals would come Dec. 6.

To listen to the Study Session, please visit http://www.boarddocs.com/ut/canyons/Board.nsf/Public and click items 2A, 2B and 2C.

Board Action

The Board approved the Consent Agenda, which includes the Oct. 18 minutes, purchasing bids, overnight travel for Brighton Baseball, and an agreement to install a fence along portions of Willow Springs Drive. The Board also unanimously approved moving forward with planning a School Safety Training event.

Patron Comments

Twenty-seven patrons addressed the Board. Thirteen asked the Board to keep Sunrise Elementary students within Indian Hills Middle School Boundaries. Eight said they lived in western Draper and wanted to be drawn into the new high school’s boundaries.

Four living in northeast Draper who are included in the boundary proposal the Board preliminarily adopted, said they hope they remain in the new high school’s boundaries. One said the Board should take church boundaries into consideration when setting new school boundaries. One was disappointed there are no high school marching bands in the District, and urged the Board to look at securing property in Draper for a middle school.

To listen to the comments, please visit http://www.boarddocs.com/ut/canyons/Board.nsf/Public and click item 4C.

Superintendent’s Report

Canyons is one of 367 districts nationwide honored by the College Board with a place on the 2nd Annual Advanced Placement Honor Roll List. The Honor Roll lauds districts for opening AP programs to a significantly broader pool of students while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher.  Dr. McCarty noted that the honor was given to the top 2 percent of the nation’s school districts. The Board congratulated the work of District academic staff.

Board Reports

Mont Millerberg praised Alta in winning the 5A State Girls Soccer Championship.

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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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