Getting Involved





Getting Involved

LAND Trust Plan

Before the first United States Congress ratified the constitution and before the election of George Washington, a process of setting apart land for educational use was established by the Continental Congress to ensure children of the new country would be educated. When Utah applied for statehood in 1894, 7.5 million acres were granted for this purpose, and a permanent fund was established where proceeds from the sale and use of these land assets were deposited so that the fund would continue to generate revenue.

Since that time, the permanent fund has grown to over $2.5 billion. A portion of the annual earnings from the permanent fund is distributed through districts and charter schools to all public schools in the state for the purpose of addressing academic needs.  The annual distribution from the School LAND Trust program has grown from $4.95 million in the 2001-2002 school year to a planned distribution of over $92.8 million in 2021-2022.

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Canyons District's 2020-21 Distribution
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Utah's Total 2021-22 Distribution

The LAND Trust plan should focus on addressing the most pressing academic needs identified in the school’s Teacher Student Success Plan.  Begin the LAND Trust Plan by setting improvement goals for the identified needs that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based.

Finding Solutions

  • Review applicable school-wide assessment results
  • Identify factors that influence assessment results
  • Invite school and district education specialists to recommend solutions that are research-based
  • Describe specific ways that parents and employees can help students reach the goals
  • Identify potential barriers and how the plan will address them
  • Prepare an outline of the action plan including duties and responsibilities, who is responsible, and the timeline


  • Develop an itemized budget for implementing the plan
  • Review funding available from the School LAND Trust Program
  • Consider finding additional funds to help implement the plan
    • LAND Trust Funds can be supplemented by grants or donations from business partners.

Measuring Progress

  • Establish the beginning point (baseline) from current assessments.
  • Identify data-driven indicators of success
  • Schedule regular progress reports

Plan Submission and Approval

  • Adopts the plan through a motion and vote. The motion is recorded in the minutes with who voted for, against and who was absent
  • Council members sign a Membership Signature Form indicating their involvement in preparing the plan
  • The district’s Board of Education considers the plan and approves it, or requests pre-approval revisions
  • The principal will submit the plan at

Implement Your Plan with Enthusiasm

  • Focus on results
  • Follow the steps in the action plan
  • Receive regular updates of assessment measurements
  • Receive regular reports from those with duties and responsibilities in the action plan.
  • Make adjustments along the way, if necessary

Publicize Your Progress

  • Showcase results in the school newsletter
  • Contact local media to share successes
  • Have the children show what they have learned at a “Parent Night”
  • Invite local legislators to the school; share the plan and its results

Write to Elected Officials

Continued funding depends on policy makers being informed and supportive of how the money is used.

  • Write a letter about what the school accomplished with TSSP and LAND Trust funding and thank them for supporting the LAND Trust program
  • Links to find your policy makers and their contact information are found on

Submit a Final Report

  • Submit the Final Report online between January 15th and January 20th of the year following your plan’s implementation
  • District administrators will report SCC expenditures
  • Review the expenditures to be sure school and district records agree
  • Complete the narrative sections
  • Principals will sign a Principal’s Assurance Form assuring that councils have been lawfully constituted
  • Prepare a summary of the Final Report and make it available to all parents

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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