Getting Involved





Getting Involved

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Policy 200.06 Exhibit 1 – Teacher and Student Success Act Framework

Canyons School District

Teacher and Student Success Act Framework

Canyons School District (CSD) will use the Teacher and Student Success Act (TSSA) funding to fulfill its mission that all students will graduate college-and-career ready. 

TSSA funding will be used in the following manner.

  • 25% of the funding will be used by District to increase salary and benefits for school or district certified personnel serving in an academic function according to USBE Rule R277-927.
  • The remaining 75% will be distributed to schools based on the school’s average daily membership (ADM) to the total ADM in the District for the previous year.

School may use the following areas to expend TSSA funds in order to improve school performance or student academic success.  TSSA funds cannot supplant current allocations from District or other programs.

  • Stipends for taking additional responsibilities outside the typical work assignment.
  • Approximately 2.5% of school-based distribution will be eligible for stipends including benefits.
  • The funds will be allocated to schools on a point system. District will provide point formula.
  • Each point will be worth $75 plus benefits.
  • Principals can award points based for, including but not limited to, serving on BLT’s, IPLC’s, teaching before- or after- school programs, conducting the middle school play, teaching elementary classes above the district average or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math integration) projects, student club or activity advisor, or other activities within (during) or outside of the regular school day which align with the school’s success plan.
  • No single employee can receive more than 4.0 points (or $300 plus benefits of $96.42).
  • Timesheets will need to be submitted to School Performance Directors who will track and monitor the stipends.
  • TSSA stipends are in addition to current District paid stipends.
  • Hiring additional part/full time certified school employees, including, content specialists, student emotional support professionals and education technology coaches.
  • Job description must remain identical to other employees in same role.
  • Human Resource hiring policies and practices must be followed.
  • District policies and standards for accountability, reporting and evaluation must be followed.
  • Costs of associated benefits must be covered by the school.
  • Due to the annual allocation of funds, contracted employees funded by TSSA must annually sign the “Temporary Employment Agreement.”
  • Hiring additional hourly Educational Support Professionals (ESP) for behavior and/or intervention assistants.

Must follow standards noted in section B.

Employees cannot work more than 28 hours per week or become benefit eligible without specific approval from the Office of School Performance.

  • Class size reduction strategies.
  • May hire additional contracted teachers, in any state approved content above the District allocation or provided from the District’s FTE cushion.
  • May hire hourly instructional assistants to provide classroom support. The assistants cannot work more than 28 hours per week or become benefit eligible.  
  • Must follow standards noted in section B.
  • Cannot displace current District programs located in the school (example: cluster units, dual immersion programs).
  • Cannot require capital improvements or the re-location of portable classrooms.
  • Early Childhood Education defined as grades K-3
  • Align standards with District sponsored Kindergarten Supplemental Enrichment Program.
  • Human Resource practices and policies must be followed.
  • Before and after school programs and summer programs require District administration approval and must follow District current policies and practices. An after school tutoring program requires District approval and may offer to individual certified employees a stipend at their hourly rate for up to three (3) hours a week.
  • Augmentation of existing school-based programs (Note: dual language immersion, SALTA, special education and international baccalaureate are considered District programs).   This may include professional development for teachers (including content specific conferences), as well as field trips and other educational learning opportunities for students outside of the classroom.  This may also include curriculum based supplies, consumables, textbooks, or technology.
  • Vendor-sponsored curriculum programs or supplies must follow the District standard approval process.
  • Technology purchases which meet District standards.
  • Carry-over amounts should not exceed 10% of allocation. 

School Plan Development Approval Process

Each school’s Student Success Plan must integrate school-specific goals and criteria for improving the school’s performance within the state accountability system.

  • Principals must solicit SCC input from at least two separate meetings and provide applicable data.
  • A school’s TSSP must include a contingency expenditure plan.
  • SCC members will be given opportunity to comment on success plan and process and must sign final plan.
  • Principals must solicit faculty input (BLT’s, Department Chairs or Full Faculty).
  • Principals must solicit input from parents and should reflect demographics of the school community.
  • Schools which have assistant principals must solicit input from them.
  • School success plan shall document when input was received from above groups and other groups and include a summary of that input.
  • Starting with the 2020-21 school year plans are to be submitted for Board approval by a date set by the Office of School Performance.
  • An approved School Success Plan may be amended provided changes meet the Board framework, changes are discussed with groups noted above, and a summary of input is included with the amendment.
  • The school’s TSSP should be posted on the school’s website.

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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