Getting Involved





Getting Involved


Contact Information

Phone: 801-366-7770


Address: 560 E 200 S. Suite 240,

                 Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1590

                 Salt Lake City 84110

Hours of Operation: Mon – Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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URS Retirement Qualifications

Age 65+ with 4 years of service or more*

Age 62 with 10 years of service or more*

Age 60 with 20 years of service or more*

Any age with 25 years of service*

Any age with 30 years of service* (35 years tier 2)

*Retiring before age 65 with fewer than 30 years of service (35 years of service tier 2) reduces your monthly benefit.

About URS

The Utah Retirement System (URS) manages the retirement for Canyons School District.  Please contact them for questions regarding your retirement or problems with their website. 

Their website  is easy to use and has many resources including publications, forms, calculators, and seminars/ webinars.  You can also manage your URS investments, and check your years of service. 

Helpful Meetings with the URS

Many people worry about retirement planning, with questions such as:

  • Will I have enough money when I retire?
  • Do I have the right investments?
  • What can I really expect in retirement?
  • Do I choose Tier 2 Hybrid or 401(k) for my benefit?

The URS has One-on-One meetings they can do in person, by zoom, or by phone. 

To sign up for webinars, seminars, individual retirement planning sessions or a personal financial wellness appointment: 

  • Register online through your URS account at Click on the Education tab, and then choose the One-on-One sessions, Webinars, or Seminars you wish to attend.  You can then choose a date and time that is convenient for you. 
  • To watch the recorded webinars without going to your account. Go to, click the Education tab, select the webinar you want to access, and choose the recorded webinar option.

Post Retirement

URS requires retirees to wait one full year from the date of their retirement before returning to work with an employer that participates with the URS.  This includes substitutes or part-time hourly work.  Post Retirement Employment Brochure.

If you do not wait a full year you will be limited to $17,000 or half of your retirement salary which ever is less and you cannot take a position that offers benefits including sick leave, insurance personal days etc.  This limit is in place forever more until you sit out one year from the last date you worked.

Example: an employee retired in June 2020, they go back and sub in December 2020.  The one year waiting would start over from December 2020 and continue until the employee didn’t work a full year.

Wait One Year

We encourage retirees to wait the full year as soon as they retire, after the waiting period has been met, they can go back to work and receive their pension and a full salary with no limitations.

Tier 1 Retirement (Hired Prior to July 1, 2011)

Pension: 2% times the number of years you work times the average of the highest 3 year’s salary.  

And 401k: 1.5% of your salary contributed by the District to your 401k.

For more information see URS Tier 1 Basics Brochure.

Tier 2 Retirement (Hired After July 1, 2011)

Option 1: Hybrid Pension 1.5% times the number of years you work times the average of the highest 5 year’s salary.  Plus .62% (less than 1%)of your salary is contributed to your 401k by the District.

For more information see URS Tier 2 Hybrid Option Brochure.

Option 2: Defined Contribution (401k) 10% of your salary is contributed to you 401k by the District.

For more information see URS Tier 2 401k Option Brochure.


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

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement

Canyons School District is committed to making this website compliant with the ADA. At this time, we recognize that not all areas of this website may be ADA compliant. We are currently in the process of redesigning and creating new website content to be compliant with the W3C Level Two guidelines. If you are experiencing issues with this website, please contact us here

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