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Crews hard at work on summer construction, renovation projects

Mount Jordan is rising. The first steel beams that will gird the weight of the new middle school are now standing tall at the construction site where crews have been working since 2013.

The new school, which is on target to open in fall 2015, was made possible by a $250 million bond that voters approved in spring 2010. 

At its opening, the new school’s hallways and classrooms will feature a lot of natural light, students and employees will enjoy a spacious cafeteria and commons area, and the gymnasium will hold two full courts, 14 basketball standards and an indoor running track.

In addition, a $1.5 million contribution from Sandy City will provide amenities in Mount Jordan’s new auditorium. The school community can look forward to a larger stage, spacious dressing rooms, and a state-of-the-art theatrical rigging system, among other amenities.

Board member Tracy Scott Cowdell, who worked with Sandy City leaders to form the auditorium-funding partnership, said his family is “looking forward to attending the many stellar performances by both students and community groups” at the school’s auditorium and theater. A recent Sandy Journal story spotlighted this CSD-Sandy City partnership and how much it will bring to the community.

But that’s not the only work that is being done in Canyons District this summer. To the end of improving the learning and working environment for our students and teachers, the Canyons Board of Education’s newly approved tentative budget sets aside some $7.5 million for small capital-facility projects.  Many projects are being done this summer. 

At Alta High, crews are hard at work on a remodeling project that includes converting a shop area into classrooms, the construction of four new tennis courts, installation of a new sprinkler system and a sawdust collector, and the replacement of grass with concrete on the east side of the gymnasium. At Brighton High, work continues on the soccer field that is being built in front of the new Butler Middle School. 

Also, Jordan Valley will receive an interior upgrade, including new carpets in the hallway and painted walls; Eastmont Middle will get a main waterline replacement; and Oakdale Elementary will have a site upgrade, which includes a new sprinkler system and other landscape improvements. 

In addition, Ridgecrest Elementarywill receive site upgrades, a new sprinkler system, parking lot upgrades, a new fire water line, a playground relocation and upgrade, and additional landscaping. Plans have also been made to put in new decorative fencing at Sandy Elementary, and lunchroom workers at Sprucewood Elementary will enjoy upgrades to the kitchen. 

Take a look at a Facebook album featuring many of our summer improvement projects.

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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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