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Policy 410.12 – Assignments and Transfers


5.17.2022 (NEG)

Board Policy

  1. The primary consideration in employee obligatory, voluntary and involuntary transfers will be the maintenance of a sound and balanced education program that is consistent with the function and responsibilities of the District, i.e. educating students to be college and career ready.
  2. The Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent and the District Administration to develop administrative regulations consistent with policy.



Reduction in Staff - 410.12-1

  1. When a reduction in staff is necessary within a school/department, Obligatory Transfer Procedures shall be followed.  
  2. Human Resource administrative regulations for Voluntary and Involuntary Transfers consistent with Policy—410.12 Assignments and Transfers shall be followed.



Obligatory Transfer Procedures - 410.12-2

  1. When an Obligatory Transfer becomes necessary a call for volunteers shall be made and if there are none, selection shall be made in reverse order of total District seniority. Total District seniority is defined as total years of continuous service with the District using the licensed employee’s most recent hire date. Exceptions will be made when such a selection would result in creating a program need which could not reasonably be filled by remaining faculty members in that school.  The principal, in cooperation with the appropriate School Performance Director, shall determine the program needs.
    1. A secondary program need shall be based upon the primary teaching assignment.
    2. The person in charge of each secondary extracurricular activity may be exempted.
  2. When identifying the licensed employee with the least total District seniority, the Human Resources Department shall rank the seniority of all licensed employees within the school/department.
  3. Half-time employees, based on seniority, shall only be considered for half-time positions. Half-time employees may apply for full-time positions through the voluntary transfer procedure.
  4. Licensed employees identified for an Obligatory Transfer shall list their placement preference. Positions will be filled by the Human Resources Department with consideration given to the licensed employee’s placement preference.
  5. Whenever possible, a licensed employee who is an Obligatory Transfer will be notified of their placement before the end of the school year. After the licensed employee has been placed, the licensed employee may seek a different placement through the voluntary transfer procedure.
  6. If a licensed employee refuses to accept the first position offered for which he/she is qualified, the Board is relieved of further obligation to the licensed employee.
  7. Licensed employees who are Obligatory Transfers will have the following right to return:
    1. When, at least 10 days prior to New Teacher Orientation, the school they transferred from has an opening for which they are qualified. The employee will be notified of the opening and the opportunity to return extended.
    2. For two school years and will be in direct order of total District seniority. The licensed employee will provide notice of his/her desire to return by completing the applicable section of the annual Educator’s Intent to Return Form.
  8. When an Obligatory Transfer cannot be placed in a position commensurate with appropriate endorsements and skill requirements, Policy—410.13—Reduction In Force (Licensed) will be implemented.



Voluntary Transfer Procedures - 410.12-3

  1. The Human Resources Department will identify and advertise all known job vacancies, together with required endorsements and skill requirements, on the District’s web site at
  2. A fourteen calendar day licensed employee transfer window shall be established, where principals will interview at least two qualified transfer candidates if available, beginning the first posting date for licensed positions for the coming school year. Licensed employees will receive e-mail notification when postings begin. 
  3. Positions of critical need, which include, but not limited to, dual immersion, Title I, science, math or technology, may be posted prior to the fourteen calendar day licensed employee transfer window and will be available to licensed voluntary transfer requests. Licensed employees will receive e-mail  notification when postings begin. 
  4. Licensed employee voluntary transfer requests will be accepted until 10 working days prior to New Teacher Orientation.
  5. All positions filled after January 1 of the current school year (except media specialists, counselors, and District level positions) must be re-advertised for the coming school year.
  6. All vacancies for the coming school year occurring during the transfer window, shall be advertised for two working days, e.g. posted on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. and closes on Monday at 11:00 a.m.  Licensed employees will make transfer requests according to the following procedures:
    1. A Licensed Transfer Request must be submitted online by the educator no later than the published closing date. An email verification of receipt will be sent to the employee, current supervisor and requested school. Additional requests for transfers are submitted through the same process.
    2. Using a common set of criteria such as personnel files, requested qualifications, experience, etc., principals will review requests for transfer and select the candidates to be interviewed.     Candidates who are interviewed but not offered a position will be notified in a timely manner by the local school.



Involuntary Transfer Procedures - 410.12-4

  1. A principal or immediate supervisor may request the involuntary transfer of a licensed employee when in his/her judgment it will benefit the licensed employee, the school, or the District. Involuntary transfer requests, stating specific reasons for the request, shall be made to the Supervisor Assistance Team.  The Supervisor Assistance Team shall review the request and recommend approval or denial to the Director of Human Resources.  Upon final approval of the Director of Human Resources, a copy of the involuntary transfer request and notification of the employee’s placement shall be given to the licensed employee.   Involuntary transfer placements shall occur at the same time as Obligatory Transfer placements, whenever possible.
  2. After the licensed employee has been placed, the licensed employee may seek a different placement through the voluntary transfer procedure (Refer to Administrative Regulation—410.12-3).
  3. Involuntary transfers during the school year shall be avoided.







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!

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