Board Meeting Summary | Sept. 17, 2019

Student Report

Student representative on the board, Mimi Luna, reported the school year has been off to a great start. The students held their first-ever Community Yard Sale and funds will be allocated for the Student Pantry and Student Council Coat Drive. She reminded the board that this week is Homecoming Week, complete with the first-ever Homecoming Parade, bonfire, tailgate, dance, and game against Stansbury High on Friday. Students are working on raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project as part of its community outreach effort in partnership with the Students Serving Soldiers Club. Their goal is to donate 3-5% of their revenue (from merchandise sales and activities) to a different community charity after each event.

PCEA Report

John Hall, representing the Park City Education Association, said the association’s objective is to meet the needs of members, create a vision for PCEA, increase the value of the teaching profession, and become a reliable resource for the district. He said PCEA is creating a plan that will have three areas of focus for this academic year.  Hall said some of the areas PCEA is considering include teacher retention, professional development, teacher wellness, and building relationships of trust. The association will use state professional standards, best practices, and research as it creates strategies related to its areas of focus. 

Chief Academic Officer Report

Dr. Amy Hunt said her first month in the district has been focused on listening and learning, assessing teaching, instruction needs, and establishing priorities and outcomes. Her ultimate objective is to align curriculum and instruction throughout the district. Dr. Hunt has assembled a task force that is creating a handbook that aligns the implementation of standards-based instruction.

Chief Operations Officer Report

Mike Tanner provided the board with construction projects updates and said things are running smoothly at the start of a new school year. He said finding substitute bus drivers continues to be a challenge and the district is increasing its efforts to find drivers. The district’s safety/security committee held its first meeting Tuesday morning with representation from across the district, law enforcement, city and county officials. 

Superintendent Report

Dr. Jill Gildea reported that parents have been sent emergency communications procedures in light of two recent items at schools. She invited the board and the community to attend the master planning roundtables Sept. 23-24, and an interactive community forum on Oct. 1. Dr. Gildea asked the community to stay engaged in the Future of Learning process. Superintendent Gildea’s September letter to the community is now available here.

Master Planning Update

Following 11 months of work that involved students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members, the district has received the final versions of education specifications, the facility master plan, and the analysis of existing buildings. From now until December, task forces will be working on answering these three questions:

– Does PCSD want to offer universal Pre-K and how should this be approached?

– Is there a preferred elementary/middle school option and can any of the configurations/options be eliminated?

– How extensive should the high school renovation be and how should the 9th grade be integrated?

The Master Facility Plan offers these recommendations: 

Early Learning (Hybrid Approach) 

– Maintain current elementary-school based Pre-K capacity at JRES, PPES and TSES with remodels/additions as required

– Construct Early Learning Center on Kearns Campus to address local students and additional capacity/potential universal Pre-K

 – Coordinate with community partners for potential wrap-around services 

Elementary Schools (K-5) 

– Maintain current locations, boundaries and class sizes with additions to JRES, PPES and TSES

– Relocate McPolin Elementary on the eastern edge of Kearns Campus to address Kearns campus limitations

Middle School (6-8)One Middle School vs. Two Middle Schools

– One Middle School (1,350 enrollment) – Expand EHMS with a 6th grade academy

– Two Middle Schools (~700 enrollment each) 

– Update EHMS to address current needs

–Build a second Middle School on Kearns or in another location

– Explore speciality school opportunities for middle school students

High School (9-12)

– Expand PCHS (from 1,250 to 1,850); community prefers one high school instead of two

– Classroom wing vs Specialty facility

– Classroom wing – 9th grade learning environment 

 – Remodel existing building 

 – Specialty facility (STEM, etc.) to accommodate 600 students (9-12)

During the 2019-20 school year, the district will focus on the following actions (see chart below).

Public Comment

– Chuck Klingenstein said he is hopeful that this master plan is the community’s plan. He encouraged the board to use the Steering Committee to champion the final recommendations. 

– Ali Ziesler said the district is listening to the community and said master planning efforts have been built on trust. She thanked the board for allowing community input throughout the process. 


Resumen de la Junta Directiva- Septiembre 17, 2019

Reporte Estudiantil

La representante estudiantil de la junta, Mimi Luna, informó que el año escolar ha tenido un excelente comienzo. Los estudiantes realizaron por primera vez una venta de patio comunitario y las ganancias serán utilizadas para la despensa de los estudiantes y la Obra de Abrigo del Consejo Estudiantil. Ella le recordó a la Junta que esta semana es la Semana de Bienvenida, la que por primera vez tendrá un Desfile de Bienvenida, hogueras, celebración previa al juego de foot-ball, baile, y el juego contra Stansburry High el Viernes. Los estudiantes están dedicados en recolectar dinero conjuntamente con el Students Serving Soldiers Club (Club de Estudiantes Sirviendo a los Soldados) para el Wounded Warrior Project como parte del esfuerzo de alcance comunitario. La meta es donar 3-5% de los ingresos (de venta de mercaderías y actividades) después de cada evento a diferentes obras de caridad comunitaria.

Reporte del PCEA

John Hall, representando al Park City Education Association (Asociación para la Educación), expresó que la meta de la asociación es satisfacer las necesidades de los miembros, crear una visión para el PCEA, incrementar el mérito del magisterio, y convertirse en un recurso de confianza/seguro para el distrito. Él dijo que PCEA está creando para este año académico un plan que tendrá tres áreas de enfoque. El Sr. Hall sostuvo que algunas de las áreas PCEA está considerando incluye retención de maestros, desarrollo profesional, bienestar de los maestros, y construir relaciones confiables.  La asociación usará estándares profesionales estatales, prácticas confiables, he investigará a medida que crea estrategias relacionadas con sus áreas de enfoque.

Reporte del Jefe de Operaciones Académico

La Dra. Amy Hunt dijo que su primer mes en el distrito ha estado enfocado en escuchar y aprender, evaluar maestros, necesidades en la instrucción, y establecer prioridades y resultados. Su objetivo final es alinear planes de estudios e instrucción en todo el distrito. La Dra. Hunt ha formado un grupo de trabajo que está creando un manual que alinea la implementación de la instrucción basada en estándares.

Reporte del Jefe de Operaciones

Mike Tanner proporcionó a la junta actualizaciones sobre los proyectos de construcción y dijo que todo está funcionando sin problemas al comienzo del nuevo año escolar. Él dijo que encontrar substitutos para los conductores de buses continúa siendo difícil y que el distrito está incrementando los esfuerzos para encontrar conductores. El comité de seguridad del distrito celebró su primera reunión el Martes por la mañana con representantes de todo el distrito, agentes de la ley, funcionarios de la ciudad y del condado.

Reporte de la Superintendente

La Dra. Jill Gildea informó que a los padres se les ha enviado procedimientos de comunicación de emergencia debido a dos incidentes recientes que no fueron de emergencia en las escuelas. Ella invito a la junta y a la comunidad a que asistan a la mesa redonda de planificación Septiembre 23-24, y a un foro comunitario en Octubre 1. La Dra. Gildea pidió a la comunidad que permanezca comprometida con el futuro del proceso de aprendizaje.

Actualización sobre la Planificación Maestra

Luego de 11 meses de trabajo que involucro estudiantes, maestros, administradores, padres y miembros de la comunidad, el distrito ha recibido la versión final sobre especificaciones educativas, el plan de distribución de instalaciones, y el análisis de edificios existentes. Desde ahora hasta Diciembre, los equipos de trabajo estarán ocupados para responder a estas tres preguntas:

  • ¿Quiere el PCSD ofrecer Pre-Escolar universal y se debe tratar esto?
  • ¿Existe una opción preferida de escuela primaria/intermedia y se puede eliminar cualquiera de las configuraciones/opciones?
  • ¿Que extensa debe ser la renovación de la escuela superior y como debería integrarse el 9no grado?

El Plan Maestro de Instalaciones ofrece las siguientes recomendaciones:

Aprendizaje Temprano (Enfoque Hibrido)

  • Mantener la capacidad actual de Pre-K en las escuelas elementales JRES, PPES, y TSES con las remodelaciones/adiciones que se requieran.
  • -Construir un Centro de Aprendizaje Temprano en el Campo de Kerns dirigido a estudiantes locales y para adicional capacidad/potencial del pre-K universal.
  • -Coordinar con socios de la comunidad para posibles servicios integrales.

Escuela Elemental (K-5)

  • Mantener la ubicación actual, límites y tamaños de clases con adiciones en JRES, PPES, y TSES.
  • Relocalizar la Escuela Elemental McPolin en el borde este del campus de Kearns para enfocar el problema de las limitaciones del campus de Kearns.

Escuela Intermedia (6-8)

  • Una Escuela Intermedia en vez de Dos Escuelas Intermedias.
  • Una Escuela intermedia (1,350 inscripciones)- Expandir EHMS con un 6to grado.
  • Dos Escuelas Intermedias (~700 inscritos en cada una).
  • Actualizar EHMS para abordar las necesidades actuales.
  • Construir una segunda Escuela Intermedia en Kearns o en otro lugar.
  • Explorar oportunidades escolares especiales para estudiantes de Escuelas Intermedias.

Escuela Superior (9-12)

  • Expandir PCHS (de 1,250 a 1,850)- la comunidad prefiere una escuela superior en lugar de dos.
  • Un ala del aula en vez de una instalación especializada.
  • Ala de la clase- 9no grado ambiente de Aprendizaje.
  • Remodelar el edificio existente.
  • Instalaciones para especialidades (STEM, y otros) para acomodar 600 estudiantes (9-12).

Durante en año escolar 2019-20, el distrito se enfocará en lo siguiente (ver grafico debajo)

Comentarios del Público

  • Chuck Klingenstein expresó que él tiene la esperanza de que este plan maestro sea el plan de la comunidad. El anima a la junta a valerse del comité directivo para alcanzar con éxito las recomendaciones finales.
  • Ali Ziesler dijo que el distrito está escuchando a la comunidad y que los esfuerzos de planificación maestra se han basado en la confianza. Ella agradeció a la junta por permitir la participación de la comunidad durante el proceso.

The Benefits Are Many for Students in After-School Programs

Photo courtesy of EATS Park City

Park City School District knows the benefits of after-school programs—such as improving social skills, providing academic support, making learning fun, building confidence, and providing safety and supervision. And that’s why after-school programs are offered to nearly 450 students at all four of its elementary schools as well as Ecker Hill Middle School. 

The program is held every day that school is in session, from the end of the school day until 6 p.m. “Our goal is to provide a safe, educational and enriching environment for children while providing a quality child care option for parents,” said Kimberly Patterson, program coordinator. 

Each day includes homework help, physical education and exercise, STEM and Literacy and a healthy snack. Students also get the chance to take part in monthly field trips and special enrichment programs from community partners.  Some of the field trips from the past school year included the Hogle Zoo, Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum, The Bill White Farm, Ecker Hill and Kamas pools. EATS Park City also provides cooking classes for students.

The programs are staffed with fully qualified, trained teachers and specialists who follow national after-school standards. Parents who are interested in observing the camp prior to enrollment are encouraged to stop by during camp hours and speak with the teachers.

“Our After-School Programs are truly one of the very best opportunities we provide for our students and their families,” said Patterson. “Our program is an extension of the school days with the added benefit of hands-on enrichment and learning.”

There are still openings in the program for this school year.  Parents can register any time throughout the school year, based on availability. Cost varies depending on the number of days the student attends. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. 

Those interested can learn more here and register online in English or Spanish

The After-School program is coordinated through the district’s Community Education Department with the support of the Park City Education Foundation and a generous donation this year from the United Way. 

PCHS Dance Company Preparing for National Festival

Park City High’s Dance Company has a busy year planned, including plans to attend the National High School Dance Festival, which draws the best high school dancers from around the world.

Dance Company will be spending this fall raising funds to attend the festival that will be held Feb. 26 to March 1 at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“We are the only high school from Utah attending,” said PCHS dance program director Ashley Mott. “We will be one of only a few public high schools attending. It is an elite festival with mostly high-level arts conservatories, and pre-professional dance high schools attending.”

Mott said this will provide the dancers with an incredible opportunity to have exposure to, and inclusion in, this kind of setting.  The festival includes hundreds of classes and workshops in all genres of dance, performances by professional companies in the evenings, and scholarship auditions where students can be evaluated by dozens of schools in one audition, at one location.

The 14-member company is hoping to raise enough funds to pay the full cost of attending the conference for each student.

Some fundraising activities include:

– Sept. 17-20: Thrift Store for PCHS students during lunches

– Oct. 30: Children’s Halloween Dance Mentoring for K-8 students, 3:30-5:30 p.m., PCHS Gym (wear costumes). Tickets at the door ($10).

– Nov. 8: Live PC Give PC (dancers will be at The Market on Nov. 2 to encourage support for their project)

– Feb. 3 & 4: Youth Dance Clinic and Halftime Performance; students learn dances on Feb. 3-4 and perform Feb. 5. Registration begins in December.

Six PCHS Seniors Named National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

Six Park City High seniors were notified today (9/11/19) that they have been selected as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for more than $31 million in scholarships that will be offered next spring.

The students include: Tosh Martin, Lane Myshrall, Owen Nagel, John Reko, Megan Stucker, and Jon Troxel.

“This is an unprecedented year. I’ve never worked in a high school where we have had six National Merit semifinalists,” said PCHS Principal Roger Arbabi. “We are so proud of the work they’ve done.”

These PCHS students now advance to the finalist level of the competition and represent 1% of U.S. high school seniors. More than 1.5 million high school juniors applied for the program.

The National Merit scholarship program was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

The 2020 National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced beginning in April and concluding in July.

New Transition Program Introduced for Park City High Students

The first days of school this year were a bit different for a group of high school students.  While most were becoming accustomed to classroom routines, the new Transition Program for Park City High students participated in an app-based scavenger hunt via Park City Transit. As part of the hunt, they had to locate all the community businesses and organizations they will frequent this year in the community-based program. 

Thanks to funding approved by Park City School District, special education services are now provided a comprehensive program that assists them in transitioning into the workplace.  “The curriculum is focused on job readiness, independent living skills, and functional academic high school classes,” said Kara Brechwald, Special Education specialist. “Students will also create individualized transition portfolios thanks to a career and college readiness grant from the Park City Education Foundation.”

Already, the high school seniors have developed resumes and cover letters and are in the process of applying for employment or internships in their career field of choice. “Our sophomores and juniors are learning about self-determination, including their strengths and interests, to begin the process of outlining their plans for career exploration,” said Brechwald.

“We are so excited to be able to offer extended support for our students who need help making successful transitions,” she said.

Board Meeting Summary | Reunión de la Junta Directiva | 8-20-19

Superintendent Report

Superintendent Jill Gildea reported a successful start to the 2019-20 school year. She introduced Dr. Amy Hunt, the district’s new Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Hunt has experience as a science and math teacher, high school assistant principal, middle school principal, executive director of Human Resources and Pupil Services in California districts, and has leadership in adult education in Utah’s Granite School District. Superintendent Gildea said Dr. Hunt has great insight and the ability to assess how the district can improve instruction and student learning. Prior to the start of each board meeting this year, the Superintendent features honors and achievements from throughout the district.

Here are this summer’s accolades: June/July/August Accolades

COO Update

Chief Operations Officer Michael Tanner commended Todd Hansen, director of buildings and grounds, and his team on completing multiple major projects this summer. He reported the district’s Safety/Security Committee will meet throughout the year and one of the first topics of discussion will be how to better secure the Park City High campus. Mr. Tanner reminded the board that school will be enforcing visitor check-in protocol at all elementary schools, Ecker Hill Middle and Treasure Mountain Junior High. Parents need to bring a proper ID, have it scanned, and receive a name badge before entering those schools.

PCEA Report

Julie Hooker, Park City Education Association co-president, said educators are looking forward to the new school year. She thanked the Superintendent for an outstanding back-to-school convocation that left teachers feeling energized. She said the Convocation speaker Thomas Murray inspired teachers and reminded them how much they love what they do. She commended the district on the new teacher hires and the orientation they received this past week. Ms. Hooker said the teacher shortage is a concern and the district is in a unique position  to ensure recruitment and retention of highly qualified educators. She expressed concern over some large class sizes at the high school this semester and the importance of teachers having too many students to build meaningful relationships with each of them.

2020-21 Calendar Approved

The board approved the 2020-21 school calendar. The calendar can be viewed here.

Policies Approved

The board approved Policy 1100 —Title 1 Parent Engagement, and Policy 4006:—Cash Management.

Truth-in-Taxation Hearing

Following the regular business meeting, the board held its Truth-in-Taxation hearing. 

Business Administrator Todd Hauber presented the FY19 Revised Budget, FY20 Adopted Budget, and proposed tax rates. The tax increase amounts to $3 per $100,000 value of a residential home, and $5 per $100,000 value of a business or second home owner. The board approved the FY19 Revised Budget, FY20 Budget, and certified tax rates. 

The Truth-in-Taxation hearing presentation can be viewed here

The adopted and final FY20 budget can be viewed here.


Informe de la Superintendente

La Superintendente Jill Gildea reportó un comienzo exitoso del año escolar 2019-20. Ella introdujo a la Doctora Amy Hunt, la nueva Directora Académica del distrito. La Doctora Hunt posee experiencia como profesora de ciencias y matemáticas, subdirectora de escuela secundaria, directora de escuela intermedia, directora ejecutiva de Recursos Humanos y Servicios para alumnos en distritos de California, y liderazgo en educación de adultos en el Distrito Escolar Granite de Utah. La Superintendente Gildea expresó que la Doctora Hunt posee gran capacidad de comprender y evaluar como el distrito puede mejorar la enseñanza y el aprendizaje de los estudiantes. Este año antes de empezar cada reunión de una junta directiva, la superintendente presentará honores y logros del distrito.

Aquí los elogios del verano:  Elogios de Junio/Julio/Agosto

Actualización del Jefe de Operaciones (COO)

El Jefe de Operaciones Michael Tanner, elogió al director de mantenimiento Todd Hansen de premisas/instalaciones y a su equipo por completar este verano múltiples proyectos importantes.  El Jefe de Operaciones informó que el Comité de Seguridad del distrito se reunirá durante todo el año y uno de los primeros temas a tratarse será como asegurar mejor el campo de la escuela Park City High. El Sr. Tanner le recordó a la Junta Directiva que las escuelas aplicarán el protocolo de registros de visitantes en todas las escuelas primarias, y las escuelas intermedias Ecker Hill y Treasure Mountain. Los padres deberán presentar una identificación válida, la que se escaneará, y recibirán una tarjeta de identificación antes de poder ingresar a esas escuelas.

Reporte de PCEA

Julie Hooker, copresidenta de la Asociación Educativa de Park City, expresó que los educadores esperan con entusiasmo el nuevo año escolar. Ella agradeció a la Superintendente por la excelente convocatoria de regreso-a-la-escuela, la que dejó a los los maestros motivados. La señora Hooker dijo que el expositor de la convocatoria Thomas Murray inspiró a los maestros y les recordó cuanto a ellos les gusta lo que hacen. Ella elogió al distrito por la contratación de nuevos maestros y la orientación que ellos recibieron la semana anterior. La señora Hooker indicó que la escasez de maestros es una preocupación y que el distrito está en una posición privilegiada para garantizar el reclutamiento y retención de educadores altamente calificados. Ella expresó preocupación sobre la cantidad de estudiantes en las clases de la escuela superior este semestre y la dificultad para los maestros teniendo tantos alumnos en lograr una relación significativa con cada uno de ellos.

2020-21 Aprobación del Calendario

La Junta Directiva aprobó el calendario del año escolar 2020-21. El calendario se puede ver aquí.

Regulaciones Aprobadas

La Junta Directiva aprobó la Regulación 1100- Titulo1 Compromiso de los Padres, y la Regulación 4006: Manejo de dinero Efectivo.

Presentación sobre Veracidad en Impuestos

A continuación de la reunión regular de negocios, la Junta Directiva sostuvo una presentación sobre veracidad en los impuestos.

El Administrador de Negocios Todd Hauber presentó el presupuesto revisado del año fiscal 2019 (FY19), el presupuesto fiscal adoptado del año 2020 (FY20), y las tasas de impuestos propuestas. El monto de aumento de $3 por cada $100,000 del valor de una casa residencial, y $5 por cada $100,000 para un dueño de negocio o segunda vivienda. La Junta Directiva aprobó el presupuesto revisado FY19, el presupuesto FY20, y las tasas de impuestos certificadas.  

La presentación sobre Veracidad en los Impuestos puede ser vista aquí.

Se puede ver el presupuesto fiscal final y adoptado FY20 aquí.

Niche ranks PCSD as Best District in Utah

Niche  just released its 2020 Best Schools in America rankings and grades, and Park City School District ranks as the “Best School District in Utah.”

Rankings and grades are calculated using a series of steps to ensure statistical rigor and useful guidance in the school choice experience.  Niche analyzes dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the U.S.

District Doubles GED Completions Now That it is a Proctor

Park City School District’s Adult Education program has doubled the number of students taking and earning their GED now that it can proctor the test.

“It’s so much more convenient for our students to take the test in the same location they are taking the GED classes,” said Alison Taylor who oversees the Community Education’s adult education program. Taylor is a proctor for the test thanks to a grant from the Utah Board of Education.

During 2018-19, five students earned their GED in English, five completed their GED in Spanish, four earned their high school diplomas, and five inmates at the Summit County Jail passed the GED.

Traditionally, the GED program has not been offered during the summer months but this year is different. There are 30 adults spending the summer working on earning their GEDs, including 12 in Spanish.

GED classes are held at the Park City Learning Academy and students who are age 18 or older qualify. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday nights and cost of the program is $40.

For more information about this program, contact Taylor at 435-615-0209, ataylor@pcschools.us.

District Wins National Public Relations Award for Newsroom

The Park City School District Newsroom has been recognized by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) with the Golden Achievement Award in the category of publications and digital media.

The Newsroom was created in 2017 by Communications Director Melinda Colton for a way to keep the community engaged in the news of the district and its schools.

“Our Newsroom is a way to continually reassure our parents and community about our high achieving schools and the great things that are happening in our classrooms every day,” said Colton. “No one can tell our story as well as we can.”

The Newsroom was recognized by NSPRA for outstanding achievement in the four steps of a public relations program: analysis of the need, planning to meet the need, executive and communication of the program, and formal evaluation.

The Newsroom contains weekly posts, district honors, emergency communications for parents, an archive of news stories, and master planning updates. To date, more than 150 posts have been published in the Newsroom. Subscribers receive an email every time a new post is written.

According to Colton, some of the benefits of the Newsroom include the following: acts as a useful archive of important events/honors, serves as a critical communications tool during emergency situations, and promotes the district mission and vision.

The Newsroom can be found directly at newsroom.pcschools.us, or through a “News” link on the homepage of the district’s website. Colton invites parents, community members, and employees to subscribe to the Newsroom.

NSPRA, founded in 1935, provides school communication training and services to school leaders throughout the United States, Canada, and the U.S. Dependent Schools worldwide.

Board Meeting Summary | June 18, 2019

PCEA Report

Julie Hooker and Amanda Lawing will serve as co-presidents of the Park City Education Association this coming school year. Hooker commended students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators for their contributions to the Class of 2019. She reminded the board that the single greatest predictor of student success is the relationships that students have with classroom teachers. PCEA looks forward to working with the district to attract and retain the best and brightest teachers. Hooker expressed concern for safety/access at the high school, which was later addressed by Mike Tanner’s safety update.

Master Plan Timeline/Update

Superintendent Gildea reviewed the master planning timeline through the end of 2019:

– July: Meet with city council and host small groups

– August: Update staff and parents at Back-to-School meetings; launch three task force groups (see below)

– September: Host a community forum

– October: Seek additional community feedback via an online survey

– November/December: Create initial drafts of the action and implementation plans

Dr. Gildea reviewed the creation and purposes of three task force groups that will begin work this fall. Task force groups include:

— Early Learning: Provide data, information, and input into the concept of early learning opportunities within Park City School District.

— Secondary School Designs: Consider the 6-12 learner experience and map out the best case scenario work required to examine middle level and secondary level education programming for Park City School District.

—Equity, Access, and Opportunity: Look at ways Park City School District can improve access, equity, and opportunity (realizing PCSD’s mission to inspire and support all students equitably to achieve academic and social potential) throughout the coming year.

Safety Update

Chief Operations Officer Mike Tanner will convene the district’s Safety Committee this fall and involve representation from all stakeholder groups. He is in the process of refining access points at the schools and reviewing security procedures with city and county first responders. Tanner recognized there are good things happening in schools related to safety and security, but safety protocol needs to be articulated system-wide.

Calendar Survey Findings

Dr. Gildea shared the findings of the calendar survey that was taken by more than 1,100 individuals. She was pleased to see that parents and educators agree on the preferred calendar options and that most prefer the calendar the district is currently using.

The survey findings show the majority of respondents favor the following:

– Maintaining current high school start times

– Starting school in late August

– Ending the first semester before Winter Break

– Continuing with a variety of long and short breaks

– Setting a fixed time for Spring Recess (second week of April)

2019-20 Calendar

Board members reviewed the 2020-21 tentative calendar and are expected to finalize it during their Aug. 20 meeting.

Policy for Posting

– Policy 10045: Attendance – Grades 8-12

Policies Adopted

– Policy 7030: Employee Suggestions and Complaints

– Policy 7055: Jury Duty or Witness in Court

– Policy 7060: Sick Leave Bank

– Policy 7090: Substitute Teachers

– Policy 7130: Sick Leave Incentive

– Policy 7150: Contract Status for Newly Hired Classified Employees

– Policy 7155: Classified Staff Promotions and Transfers

– Policy 10001: Bullying

Public Comment

– Treasure Mountain Junior High 9th-grade student Case Schemmer shared the results of a survey he recently conducted with 100 of his TMJH peers on standards-referenced grading.

– Park City High 2018 graduate Zane Schemmer said the high school prepared him well for his first year at the University of California, Berkeley.