Superintendent Jill Gildea provided the board with a working draft of her transition and entry plan. The plan aligns with the district’s Strategic Plan, including fiscal responsibility, and operation success. She emphasized that listening, learning, and building critical internal and external relationships are key elements for foundational knowledge about the district’s strengths, challenges, and opportunities. Dr. Gildea’s plan maintains the district’s student-centered and future-focused initiatives.
Policy 7070 — Leave for Maternity & Paternity
The board discussed the Leave for Maternity and Paternity policy. Park City is the only school district in Utah that offers this paid leave for employees. The board directed the administration to implement the policy with the same standards applied to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The board felt this was the most equitable way to implement the policy. The board encouraged staff using this benefit to focus on their family time and not worry about any aspects of their work.
State Road 248 Tunnel
Park City Municipal transportation officials informed the board about the proposed SR 248 tunnel on Kearns Boulevard that will provide access to Park City High. The board approved a Memorandum of Understanding; a Storm, Pedestrian Access, and Maintenance Easement; a Construction Easement; and a Sewer Easement. City officials thanked the board and said the easements and land contribution represent a significant commitment from the school district for this project.
Master Planner Contract Awarded
The Board awarded its master planning contract to GSBS Architects of Salt Lake City. The firm has an extensive background in urban design and planning. The district master planning process develops a long-term educational vision for the district and its schools. The Master Planning Steering Committee will meet for the first time Sept. 4.
–Member Petra Butler noted several community events addressing mental health and safety issues. She thanked Connect Summit County for adding a mental health treatment locator to its website. She said this is something the community has never had, and it will be a tremendous resource. She also asked the administration to provide the board with a list of all employees and positions below 1.0 FTE. In an effort to retain employees, she would like to see more full-time employment offered in the district instead of so many part-time positions.
–Member Anne Peters attended the master planning executive committee kick-off meeting with GSBS. She looks forward to the first steering committee meeting in a few weeks.