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Getting Involved

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Policy 700.01 – School Community Councils



Board Policy

  1. The Board of Education recognizes that Utah law provides that each public school, in consultation with its local school board, shall establish a school community council at each school building level. The Board recognizes the purposes of the school community councils are to involve parents or guardians in decision making at the school level, improve the quality of education of students, prudently expend School LAND Trust Program money and implement a component of the school’s teacher and student success plan (See, Policy—200.06—Teacher and Student Success Act), and increase public awareness of School LAND Trust and related policies and management of the State School Fund.
  2. The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to review and approve the use of School LAND Trust Program money. As part of this responsibility, the president of the Board of Education shall ensure that the members of the Board are provided annual training on the School LAND Trust Program and its requirements.
  3. The primary focus of the school community council is to develop, approve, and assist in implementing School Improvement Plans and LAND Trust plans, which have a direct impact on the instruction of students and result in measureable increased academic achievement. The academic framework of the District provides guidance for individual School Improvement Plans.
  4. The Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent, his/her designee, and the District Administration to establish Administrative Regulations consistent with this policy and applicable law, subject to review and approval by the Board.



Authority of the Council - 700.01-1

  1. The authority of the school community council does not supersede the authority of the principal, the Superintendent, or the Board of Education.
  2. The Board of Education may ask school community councils for information to inform Board decisions and may ask school community councils to address local issues at the school community council level before bringing those issues to the Board.
    1. School community councils serve to advise and make recommendations to school and district administrators regarding school and district programs and plans. Parental participation is an essential component in school decision-making.
    2. The school community council is an advisory, not a policy-making, body.
    3. Issues outside the scope of the school community council’s authority shall include state laws, district policies, student discipline, curriculum, personnel, and any issue delegated to the Board or another educational organization. However, a principal or school administrator may not prohibit or discourage a school community council from discussing issues, or offering advice or recommendations regarding the school and its programs, the curriculum, or the community environment for students.  



School Community Council Operation and Procedures - 700.01-2

  1. Canyons School District school community councils shall: adhere to composition, election, members terms, scheduled meetings, and comply with required reporting and notice requirements as outlined in state law, Utah Administrative Rules, and state and district training materials.    
  2. The Superintendent or his/her designee is responsible to ensure School Administrators comply with training materials and checklists for school community council operations.
  3. Individual school community council bylaws may incorporate training materials or similar guidelines, provided such materials are reviewed and updated on an annual basis.
  4. Under the direction of the Board of Education, the Superintendent or his/her designee shall conduct annual training for the community councils of the District.
  5. Electronic meetings:
    1. School community councils may conduct electronic meetings to allow members to participate electronically in a school community council meeting provided an anchor location is at the school for council members and the public to participate in-person or monitor the meeting. (Utah Code §53G-7-1203).
    2. Electronic meetings must adhere to all other meeting requirements as outlined in state law (Utah Code §53G-7-1203).
      1. School community councils may conduct an emergency meeting in which notice requirements may be disregarded, if because of unforeseen circumstances it is necessary for a council to consider matters of emergency or urgent nature; and
      2. the council gives the best notice practicable of the time and place of the emergency meeting, and topics to be considered at the emergency meeting.
  6. An election for school community council members may not be conducted by electronic means, unless the means and method of conducting the election has been approved by the Board of Education. 



Document History

Revised – 8.18.2020.  Policy -700.01 – School Community Councils was revised to include language for implementing a component of the school’s teacher and student success plan as part of decision making when involving parents and prudently expending the School LAND Trust Program.  The policy was also revised to include language to allow for school community council meetings to be conducted electronically, provided the public may participate in-person and or monitor the meeting.   
Revised – 3.17.2015.  Policy -700.01 – School Community Council requires revision to update language regarding the School LAND Trust Program and School Improvement Plans, and to include specific language for annual training for members of school community councils and the Board of Education.   Specifically, the format and language of Policy-700.01 has been clarified to explain specific Board responsibilities and purposes of school community councils, and simplified to allow for reference and review of Utah State Office of Education (USOE) training materials and checklists.   The revisions allow for the annual update of procedures and training materials for school community councils without substantive policy revision.

Adopted – 10.20.09.

This online presentation is an electronic representation of the Canyons School District’s currently adopted policy manual. It does not reflect updating activities in progress. The official, authoritative manual is available for inspection in the office of the Superintendent located at 9361 South 300 East Sandy, UT 84070.

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

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