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Transporting Students with Care Bus Driver Appreciation Day, April 26

For Canyons District bus driver Jeff Wingad, waking before dawn each morning to greet students at the bus stop isn’t a job — it’s a calling.

The 72-year-old signed up to drive buses after a long and successful career in engineering, because he wanted to stay busy and make a difference in the lives of children. Like so many of Canyons District’s fleet of more than 200 drivers, he found in the occupation, a new passion and sense of purpose.

Canyons District bus driver Jeff Wingad with student prizes.

“They contribute to me as much as I contribute to them,” Wingad says of the hundreds of students he has carried on his bus routes over the years. “The rapport is just great.”

April 26, 2022 is School Bus Driver Appreciation Day, and we’re saluting the transportation professionals who shoulder the weighty responsibility of getting students to and from school safely each day.

It’s a straightforward, but important, job — and rarely easy. CSD’s trained drivers cover thousands of miles each year, waking as early at 4 a.m. in the morning to navigate sometimes wintry roads. They are the first District employees to greet students in the morning and the last to say farewell in the afternoon when students can be feeling a bit wiggly after a full day of learning.

Upon boarding Wingad’s bus, don’t be surprised if you hear a welcome message from “Captain Jeff” on the flight deck of Canyons Airlines Flight No. 1271. Keeping the peace is a matter of safety for Wingad who has come up with some pretty creative ways to keep busy minds entertained and engaged.

“He’s a very forward thinker,” said Canyons Transportation Director Jeremy Wardle. “With his engineering and varied life experience, even as a hot air balloon pilot, Jeff brings a lot of outside the box ideas.”

Wingad enjoys helping to “instill a mind of inquiry” in students by asking questions that get them thinking. It’s a diversion, to be sure, but also a fun way to reinforce math, science, and reading.

He might ask why, if the Earth is spinning so fast, we can’t feel it. Maybe he’ll challenge students to do a miles-per-hour calculation, or write a short poem about makes them happy. Or, if the weather is nice, he might invite them to join him in a rendition of Willie Nelson’s “Blue Skies.”

“Some of the fun things he does on his bus just tell me that Jeff cares deeply about the kids, and it’s not just getting them from A to B, it’s doing something while taking them from A to B,” Wardle said.

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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!

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