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Policy 400.40 – Probation



Board Policy

  1. The Board of Education recognizes that when an employee’s performance is substandard and/or their conduct is unprofessional and unbecoming of a Canyons School District employee it may be prudent to place them on probation in an attempt to remediate. Employees, as described herein, refer to benefit-eligible employees of Canyons School District. 
  2. The Board authorizes the Superintendent and District Administration to develop administrative regulations consistent with this policy, subject to review and approval by the Board.



Probation - 400.40-1

  1. Employees may be placed on probation at the recommendation of their immediate supervisor and approval from the Director of Human Resources.
  2. During a meeting held with the employee’s supervisor, or designee, the employee is notified in writing of the reason(s) for recommendation of probation.
  3. The employee, if they so choose, may respond to their supervisor in writing, regarding the recommendation of probation letter, within five (5) business days.
  4. At least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the meeting, the employee will be notified of his/her right to non-legal representation, (e.g., an employee agent representative, etc.), if the employee so chooses.
  5. Following the meeting, a copy of the signed probation recommendation letter will be provided to the employee, a copy kept with the supervisor, and the original sent to the Director of Human Resources.
  6. The Director of Human Resources, upon receiving the probation recommendation letter and other supportive documentation, shall determine whether or not to approve the recommendation.
  7. The employee and supervisor will be notified of the Director of Human Resource’s determination in writing; a copy will be provided to the employee, a copy provided to the supervisor, and a copy placed in the employee’s personnel file in the Human Resources Department.
  8. The District is solely responsible for determining the reasonable length and terms of probation except under the provisions of district employee evaluation policies.
  9. When an employee’s performance has sufficiently improved and/or the employee has met the conditions of probation, the employee’s supervisor shall recommend to the Director of Human Resources that the employee be removed from probation and career status be reinstated, if applicable.
  10. The Director of Human Resources, upon receiving the recommendation that the employee be removed from probation and career status be reinstated, if applicable, shall determine whether to approve the recommendation.
  11. The employee and supervisor are then notified of the determination in writing; a copy provided to the employee, a copy provided to the supervisor, and a copy placed in the employee’s personnel file in the Human Resources Department.
  12. When an employee’s performance has not sufficiently improved and/or the employee has not met the conditions of probation within the established time limits, the employee may be terminated in accordance with district policy and state law.
  13. Employees on probation are not eligible for employee-requested transfers to another job assignment and/or promotion.





Document History

Revised – 4.25.2017.  Policy – 400.40 – Probation was revised and  merged with probation for administrative staff and probation for support staff to have one (1) probation policy for CSD employees.

Adopted – 5.29.2012.

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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