District Receives Prestigious Budget Award

The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) has recognized Park City School District for excellence in budget presentation with the prestigious Pathway to the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for the 2019–20 budget year. The budget is prepared annually by Business Administrator Todd Hauber.

ASBO International’s MBA and Pathway to the MBA promote and recognize best budget presentation practices in school districts. Participants submit their applications and budget documents to a panel of school financial professionals who review the materials for compliance with the MBA Criteria Checklist and other requirements and provide expert feedback that districts can use to improve their budget documents.

Districts that successfully demonstrate they have met the necessary program requirements may earn either the MBA or Pathway to the MBA, an introductory program that allows districts to ease into full MBA compliance.

“Districts that apply to the MBA or Pathway to the MBA programs recognize the importance of presenting a quality, easy-to-understand budget internally and to the community,” ASBO International Executive Director David J. Lewis explains. “Participating in the MBA and Pathway programs provides districts with important tools and resources they need to communicate the district’s goals and objectives clearly and illustrates their commitment to adhering to nationally recognized budget presentation standards.”

Founded in 1910, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is a nonprofit organization that, through its members and affiliates, represents approximately 30,000 school business professionals worldwide.

Board Meeting Summary | Nov. 19, 2019

PCEA Report

Aaron Webb, PCEA co-vice president, said the association recognizes that strong feelings arise whenever issues related to inclusion and bullying are discussed. When disagreements surface, PCEA asks the community to remember its shared values, including honesty, respect, dignity, and kindness. He said PCEA affirms its role as educators is to respect and value each student, and to meet students’ individual and group emotional, developmental and academic needs. PCEA remains committed to the safety and academic success of a diverse and strong body of students and educators. 

CAO Report

Chief Academic Officer Dr. Amy Hunt reported a committee of educators has created a standards-based learning and grading handbook. The purpose of the handbook is to guide principals and teachers towards best practices, to clarify expectations, and to better understand how to provide students with feedback that reflects their learning.

COO Report

Chief Operations Officer Mike Tanner said the District Security Committee continues to meet monthly and is working on a variety of increased safety measures including mainstreaming entrances to Park City High School, using a threat assessment model, and refining emergency communications. Mr. Tanner said he anticipates a secure vestibule will be installed at Park City High during Winter Recess.

Superintendent Report

Superintendent Jill Gildea said the best aspect of her position is the chance to work with a collective community to reach shared aspirations and to provide an outstanding learner experience. During this season of gratitude, she thanked the board and staff for their dedication and commitment to ensure the success of each and every student. She thanked all employees for inspiring passion in students and making a difference in their lives and shaping the educational future for students and their families. 

Master Planning Update

Dr. Gildea proposed the board consider implementing master planning in three phases:

– High School: The board needs to consider when it can move the 9th grade to high school. That will require significant course adjustments to accommodate additional students. She asked the board if it preferred one high school with an addition or a multiple campus site.

– Middle School: Does the board prefer one middle school for grades 6, 7, and 8, with a remodel and addition to Ecker Hill Middle, or two middle schools? Should the 8th grade be kept at Treasure Mountain Junior High until the addition to Ecker is complete? Should necessary improvements be made at TMJH if it is used as a transitional facility?

– Early Learning: Making this a phase three priority allows for additional research, as well as the ability to work in step with the city, county, and state on the initiative.

The next steps in the master planning process include determining financial options, retaining an architect to design high school and middle school options, and conducting a community finance survey. Dr. Gildea asked the board in the coming month to determine a pathway for the future of learning in Park City. 

School Community Council Training

The board reviewed its responsibilities concerning School Community Councils. Local school boards are the adjudicator and protector of School Land Trust funding that is intended to benefit the public-school children of Utah in perpetuity. Boards are required to approve school land trust plans that meet critical academic needs, and that directly impact the instruction of students and improve academic excellence. 

Public Education and Tax Reform

Business Administrator Todd Hauber reviewed the latest draft of the tax reform bill and education funding. He said the Utah School Boards Association is asking for input from local school boards on the proposed tax reform. The state’s proposed tax reform is meant to provide stable, flexible, and equitable funding security for public education. Board President Andrew Caplan expressed concern that the redistribution would mean the district would send an additional $11-12 million back to the state (in addition to what it currently sends back to the state).

Official Oct. 1 Enrollment

Mr. Hauber reported the district’s official Oct. 1 enrollment is 4,757, a decrease of 0.5 percent over the prior year (23 fewer students).  

2020-21 Open Enrollment

The board voted to close all schools to open enrollment for the 2020-21 school year, pending a review of configurable space at some schools. 

Audit Report

The board adopted the district audit report for the year ending June 30, 2019, conducted by the independent firm Squire & Company. The report found all financial statements were in accordance with state and federal accounting principles generally accepted by Government Auditing Standards.

Policies for Posting

Policy 1001:  Code of Conduct (New Policy)

Policy 1005:  District Vision, Mission, Beliefs

Policy 2030:  Policy Development

Policy 2036:  Board Code of Conduct

Policy 5005:  Building Access and Security

Policy 7040:  Extra Duty Assignments

Policy 7075:  Twelve-Month Staff Holidays and Vacations

Policy 11000: Family Education Rights and Privacy

Public Comment

– Linda Lukanowski asked the board for clarification about the Welcoming School professional development training at Trailside Elementary. She asked that all forms of bullying be covered in future trainings for teachers. 

– Diane Livingston believes there are inappropriate novels on the district-approved list. She proposed all books be approved using Utah criminal code. The district’s legal counsel is reviewing the code for application in school materials.

– Tom Clardy expressed concern over some of the novel students are being asked to read for class assignments.

– Shauna Wall asked the board to follow state law regarding pornography and determine that some novels on the novel adoption list are not appropriate for some ages.

– Kristen Brown suggested school and/or district administrators determine the appropriateness of novels read in schools. She noted that her daughter worked with the teacher to provide an alternative to reading a certain book, but she believes it was not a fair alternative.

– Lindsay Cunningham applauded the board, district administration and staff for all they are doing to make Park City a better place. She said it is easy to have an opinion and post it on social media. She appreciates those who doing the work and “fighting the fight.”

A Letter from the Board of Education

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In regards to current community discussions involving Park City School District, the Board of Education wants to remind the community of the mission and vision for the district created in 2017 through community input and shared collective values and aspirations of our learning organization.

Our mission is to inspire and support all students equitably to achieve their academic and social potential. Our vision is student-centered with a focus and emphasis on the whole child — our students are safe, supported, engaged and healthy.

When we say “all students” we literally mean all students regardless of their socioeconomic status, their religious beliefs, their immigration status, their sexual preference, their learning ability or any other factors with which students may identify.

There has been recent discussion around a professional development module that was presented to teachers at Trailside Elementary in August by the equity officer from the Utah State Board of Education. The program, called “Welcoming Schools,” focuses on anti-bullying and was in a direct response to two forces: specific bullying that our teachers witnessed at that school and state law that mandates anti-bullying programs be adopted at all districts. Given this program is state approved and administered, we did not anticipate the criticism that we have received via anonymous letters, social media posts and threats of legal action.

We welcome feedback from parents and community members but ask that this discourse remain civil and that threats of legal action or harassment against specific members of district staff stop immediately. PCSD employees are our friends, neighbors and community members and deserve our respect regardless of differences in opinions.

We would also like to address recent criticism and harassment around repairs being done to the district-owned property where the Superintendent and her family live. In response to the community’s desire for the superintendent to live within the district boundaries, the board purchased a residence in Jeremy Ranch. The board decided that purchasing a property was a more efficient use of resources than providing a rent stipend that we would have no equity benefit.

Given the superintendent’s residence is 25 years old, repairs were included in the budget for much-needed safety and structural improvements. So far a total budget allocation of $67,000 has been spent.

Unfortunately, we are now seeing complaints on social media and in the press that both mischaracterize the maintenance being done and directly attacking the superintendent. These repairs are benefiting the same neighbors who are complaining about the work being done.

Please remember that online abuse, including inciting people to go to the house and threaten and harass the superintendent, is not only potentially illegal but also morally wrong. It feels inappropriate in this case, where a parent of the family residing in this residence is working for the children of this community.

Most troubling is that this district property was attacked last week when a rock was thrown through one of the windows in response to the vitriol that certain “neighbors” have been posting on a popular social media site. We are embarrassed and ashamed that this is how some members of the neighborhood have welcomed the superintendent and her family to Park City.

We value dissenting opinion and comments at all times, but we will not tolerate verbal, written or physical harassment of district employees. This behavior is not only dangerous and illegal but sets a terrible example for the children of Park City.

We believe these actions and words belong to a vocal minority and we appeal to the rest of the community, families and individuals who make up the Park City community that we know and love. Please stand up for what is right and push back against those who feel that threats, intimidation and physical violence are better avenues of expression than traditional conversation and discourse.

— Park City Board of Education

Andrew Caplan, President

Erin Grady, Vice President

Wendy Crossland

Kara Hendrickson

Anne Peters

Information Regarding Use of Welcoming Schools Program and Threatened Litigation / Informacion sobre el uso del programa de dievenida en las esquelas y la amenaza de litigio

As some in our community know, Park City School District has recently received a demand letter from Solon Law and the Pacific Justice Institute regarding the use of the Welcoming Schools program at Trailside Elementary School. This professional learning program provides educators with information on how to address bullying situations or exclusionary behaviors with our students.

While the District’s attorneys will be substantively responding to that communication in due course, we want to inform the community regarding our perspective on the issues and attempt to correct some of the misinformation that appears to be floating around in the community.

First and foremost, the mission of Park City School District is to inspire and support ALL students EQUITABLY to achieve their academic and social potential. All Park City schools are working toward creating an inclusive environment for all families. Positive school culture is essential in welcoming all students and families to participate and feel a sense of belonging within the schools.

The District as a whole is also working to comply with applicable Utah statutes and Utah State Board of Education administrative rules regarding bullying policies and staff training. Specifically, Rule 277-613-1 requires school districts to “develop, update, and implement bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, retaliation, and abusive conduct policies at the school district and school level.” Similarly, R277-613-4 requires school districts to provide training that includes information on various types of bullying, including “bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, and retaliation based upon the students’ or employees’ actual or perceived characteristics, including race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or other physical or mental attributes or conformance or failure to conform with stereotypes.”

It is our belief that the use of the Welcoming Schools program for professional development is consistent with this mandate. Trailside Elementary teachers are being trained this year in a way that prepares them to have the appropriate tools to provide a safe, optimal and equitable learning environment for their students. So far this year, teachers have received 3 hours of professional development training using the Welcoming Schools program. That training was delivered by Holly Bell, Equity and Advocacy Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education. The professional development module was entitled “Embracing Family Diversity” and the goal is to equip educators with the tools to be able to answer questions from students and families about the importance of welcoming all families in our diverse school community. Written training materials provided to our staff in connection with that module are available for review. 

We would be in grave violation of our duties as public educators and school leaders if we did not strive to prepare our teachers to teach not only the academic portion of the curriculum, but also to address and support the social and emotional growth and development of our diverse student body while at school. In choosing to send your child to Park City School District, you should expect nothing less of us. The Welcoming Schools program is only one small piece of this huge responsibility that we share with parents.

When questions started to be raised about the program, and even before the receipt of the demand letter at issue, we committed to looking at the implementation of the program to see if we could assuage the concerns that have been brought to our attention. While we do not believe that the program teaches sex education in any way that violates state law or otherwise violates the rights of members of our community, we will further examine this issue moving forward.

Even though the arguments set forth in the demand letter may be extremely emotional to many members of our community on both sides of the issue, we hope and expect that patrons and other community members will model the values we try to instill in our students: respect, honesty, and integrity in their communications. We also want to remind the community that pursuant to the same state law and District policy that requires us to implement anti-bullying policies and training, our employees may not be subjected to, and we will not tolerate, “abusive conduct”, meaning verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct that a reasonable person would determine is intended to cause intimidation, humiliation or unwarranted distress.  

Finally, we hope that our community will appreciate that the primary obligation of our teachers is to focus on their important work within the classroom. This means that community members who wish to make their opinions known regarding these issues should address their concerns not to classroom teachers or individual school counselors and administrators, but to the Superintendent and elected members of the Board of Education. Ultimately, the Board of Education, in consultation with the Superintendent, Cabinet, and legal counsel, will decide on the appropriate response to the demands that have been made. Thank you for reading and for your continued involvement in the education of our community’s most precious resource, our children.


Como algunas personas de nuestra comunidad conocen, el Distrito Escolar de Park City ha recibido recientemente una carta de demanda de las oficinas de Solon Law y del Pacific Justice Institute con respecto al uso del programa Escolar de Bienvenida en la Escuela Elemental Trailside. Este programa de aprendizaje profesional proporciona a los educadores información sobre cómo abordar situaciones de acoso escolar o comportamientos excluyentes con nuestros estudiantes.

Si bien los abogados del Distrito responderán sustancialmente a esa comunicación a su debido tiempo, queremos informar a la comunidad sobre nuestra perspectiva sobre los problemas e intentar corregir parte de la información errónea que parece estar girando en la comunidad.

Primero y lo más importante, la misión del Distrito Escolar de Park City es inspirar y apoyar a TODOS los estudiantes de manera EQUITATIVA para que alcancen su potencial académico y social. Todas las escuelas de Park City están trabajando para crear un ambiente inclusivo para todas las familias. Una cultura escolar positiva es esencial para dar la bienvenida a todos los estudiantes y familias y que estos participen y tengan un sentido de pertenencia en las escuelas.

El Distrito en su conjunto esta también trabajando para cumplir con los estatutos de Utah que son aplicables y las reglas administrativas de la Junta de Educación del Estado de Utah con respecto a las políticas de intimidación y la capacitación del personal.  Específicamente, la Regla 277-613-1 requiere que los distritos escolares “desarrollen, actualicen e implementen políticas de intimidación, hostigamiento cibernético, burlas, represalias y conductas abusivas a nivel del distrito escolar y de las escuelas.” Del mismo modo, la R277-613-4 requiere que los distritos escolares brinden capacitación que incluya información sobre varios tipos de acoso escolar, incluyendo “hostigamiento escolar, acoso cibernético, burlas y represalias basadas en las características reales o percibidas de los estudiantes o empleados, incluyendo raza, color, nacionalidad de origen, sexo, discapacidad, religión, identidad de género, orientación sexual,  atributos físicos o mentales, o conformidad o inconformidad de los estereotipos.”

Creemos que el uso del programa Escolar de Bienvenida para el desarrollo profesional es consistente con este mandato. Los maestros de la Escuela Primaria Trailside están siendo entrenados este año de una manera que los prepara para tener las herramientas apropiadas para proporcionar un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro, óptimo y equitativo para sus estudiantes. En lo que va del año, los maestros han recibido 1.5 horas de capacitación en desarrollo profesional utilizando el programa Escolar de Bienvenida. Esa capacitación fue impartida por Holly Bell, especialista en equidad y defensa de la Junta de Educación del Estado de Utah. El módulo de desarrollo profesional se tituló “Abrazando la diversidad familiar” y el objetivo es equipar a los educadores con las herramientas para que puedan responder preguntas de los estudiantes y las familias sobre la importancia de dar la bienvenida a todas las familias en nuestra diversa comunidad escolar. Los materiales de capacitación escritos, proporcionados a nuestro personal en relación con ese modulo, están disponibles para su revisión.  

Estaríamos en grave violación de nuestros deberes como educadores públicos y líderes escolares si no nos esforzaríamos por preparar a nuestros maestros para enseñar no solo la parte académica del plan de estudios, sino también para abordar y apoyar el crecimiento y desarrollo social y emocional de nuestro diverso alumnado en las escuelas. Al elegir enviar a su hijo (a) al Distrito Escolar de Park City, es lo menos que debe esperar de nosotros. El programa de Bienvenida de Escuelas es solo una pequeña parte de esta enorme responsabilidad que compartimos con los padres.

A pesar de que los argumentos establecidos en la carta de demanda pueden ser extremadamente emotivos para muchos miembros de nuestra comunidad en ambos lados del problema, esperamos que los involucrados y otros miembros de la comunidad modelen los valores que intentamos inculcar en nuestros estudiantes: respeto, honestidad e integridad en sus comunicaciones. También queremos recordarle a la comunidad que, de conformidad con la misma ley estatal y la política del Distrito que nos obliga a implementar políticas y capacitación contra el acoso escolar, nuestros empleados no pueden ser sometidos, y no toleraremos, “conducta abusiva”, es decir, verbal, no verbal, o física hacia ellos, que una persona razonable determinaría que tiene la intención de causar intimidación, humillación o angustia injustificada.   Finalmente, esperamos que nuestra comunidad aprecie que la obligación principal de nuestros maestros es enfocarse en su importante trabajo dentro de las aulas. Esto significa que los miembros de la comunidad que deseen dar a conocer sus opiniones con respecto a estos temas deben dirigir sus inquietudes no a los maestros de la clase, o a consejeros o administradores individualmente, sino a la Superintendente y a los miembros elegidos de la Junta de Educación. Finalmente, la Junta de Educación, en consulta con la Superintendente, el Gabinete y el asesor legal, decidirá la respuesta adecuada a las demandas que se han formulado. Gracias por leer esta carta y por su continua participación en la educación del recurso más apreciado de nuestra comunidad, nuestros niños.

Board Meeting Summary | Oct. 15, 2019

PCEA Report

Amanda Lawing, co-president of the Park City Education Association, said the association is continuing its focus on student success, safety, and transparency. PCEA members have been invited to share their suggestions to improve teacher recruitment and retention. 

Student Report

Mimi Luna, the student representative on the board, reported that Homecoming was successful, especially the school’s first Homecoming parade. The Miners final region football game is Oct. 16. Prior to the game, students are invited to a tailgate party that will feature food made by PCHS culinary arts students. 

Chief Operations Officer Report

Mike Tanner said the Security/Safety Committee is discussing open campus security between the Park City High and Treasure Mountain Junior High. The committee will also be reviewing the district’s current emergency response protocol.

– The front entrance vestibule is complete at Treasure Mountain and visitors will now be required to check-in with an ID.

– Tanner is participating in the Utah Schools Critical Commission, created through the Utah Division of Risk Management, that is working to create a uniform emergency protocol across all school districts. 

– There is still a need for substitute bus drivers. The district is using commercial drivers to support PCHS athletic trips. Four new buses will be in service by the end of the month, paid in part through an $80,000 EPA grant. 

– John Hopkins, the new director of Child Nutrition Services, was introduced to the board.

Superintendent Report

Superintendent Jill Gildea said staff, educators, and administrators are focused on doing “whatever it takes” to support each and every learner in Park City schools.  As a culture of excellence is fostered, Dr. Gildea said the district is focused on improving student achievement through: 1) strengthening school-based factors, such as teacher professional development, use of evidence-based practices within classrooms, and equitable allocation of resources; 2) bolstering student resilience which is a key aspect of success through social, emotional learning programs, equity in services, and providing a safe and secure school environment; and 3) building community alliances to support family and community engagement, offering a variety of extracurriculars, and providing school-based social services in partnership with our community. 

Community Social Equity Update

Diego Zegarra, Social Equity Director, presented an overview of the Community Social Equity Strategic Plan. The most important areas of focus include affordable housing, education, and inclusion. The full report can be viewed here

Oct. 1 Enrollment

Business Administrator Todd Hauber reported the Oct. 1 enrollment is 4,765, a decrease of 15 students from last year. 

Master Planning Update

Dr. Gildea shared community feedback about possible master planning priorities. See presentation here

New Policy for Posting

Policy 1001: Code of Conduct

Policy Approved

 Policy 10045: Attendance 

Public Comment 

Shannon Schemmer expressed concern with teachers learning to use PowerTeacher Pro version of the gradebook program. She believes when too many variables at one time are changed, it puts additional stress on students, teachers, and parents. She also questioned the decision to end the quarter the same week as Fall Break.

Resumen de la Reunión de la Junta Directiva  | 10-15-19

Reporte de PCEA

Amanda Lawing, co-presidente de la Asociación de Educación de Park City (PEA), dijo que la asociación continúa centrándose en el éxito, la seguridad y la transparencia de los estudiantes. Los miembros de PCEA han sido invitados a compartir sus sugerencias para mejorar el reclutamiento y retención de maestros.

Informe del Estudiante

Mimi Luna, la representante estudiantil de la junta, informó que el baile de Bienvenida (Homecoming) fue exitoso, incluyendo el primer desfile de Homecoming y el invitar a estudiantes del primer año al baile. El juego final de football de la región de los Miners es el 16 de octubre e incluirá una fiesta previa con comida hecha por estudiantes de artes culinarias del Park City High School (PCHS).

Reporte del Director de Operaciones

Mike Tanner dijo que el Comité de Seguridad está discutiendo la seguridad del campo entre Park City High School y Treasure Mountain Junior High. El comité estará también revisando el protocolo actual del distrito sobre respuestas de emergencias.

– El vestíbulo de la entrada principal de Treasure Mountain está terminada y ahora se pedirá a los visitantes que se registren con una identificación (ID).

– Tanner está participando en la Comisión Escolar Critica, creada a través de la División de Administración de Riesgos de Utah, que está trabajando para crear un protocolo de emergencia uniforme en todos los distritos escolares.

– Todavía hay necesidad de conductores substitutos. El distrito está ofreciendo sus conductores para apoyar los viajes deportivos del Park City High school. Cuatro nuevos buses estarán en servicio a finales de mes, pagados en parte a través de una subvención de $80,000 de EPA. 

– John Hopkins, el nuevo director de Servicios de Nutrición Infantil, fue presentado a la junta.

Reporte de la Superintendente

La Superintendente Jill Gildea dijo que los empleados, educadores, y administradores están enfocados en hacer “lo que sea necesario” para apoyar a todos y cada uno de los interesados en las escuelas de Park City. A medida que fomentamos una cultura de excelencia, la Dra. Gildea dijo que el distrito está enfocado en mejorar el rendimiento de los estudiantes a través de: 1) reforzando factores protectores basados en la escuela, como el desarrollo profesional de los docentes, el uso de prácticas basadas en eventos en las aulas, y la asignación equitativa de recursos; 2) reforzando la capacidad de recuperación de los estudiantes, lo es un aspecto clave del éxito, a través de programas de aprendizaje social y emocional, equidad en los servicio, y proporcionando un ambiente escolar seguro y estable; y 3) construyendo alianzas comunitarias para apoyar la participación familiar y comunitaria, ofreciendo una variedad de actividades extracurriculares, y brindando servicios sociales basados en la escuela en asociación con nuestra comunidad.

Actualización de la Equidad Social Comunitaria

Diego Zegarra, Director de Equidad Social, presentó una visión general del plan estratégico de equidad social de la comunidad. Las áreas más importantes de enfoque incluyen vivienda asequible, educación e inclusión. El reporte completo puede ser visto aquí.

Octubre 1 Inscripción

El Administrador de Negocios Todd Hauber compartió los datos de inscripción de octubre 1: 4,765 estudiantes, una disminución de 15 estudiantes comparado con el último año.

           Distrito Escolar de Park City octubre 1 Inscripción por Escuela

           Inscripción Total                    Actual                    Proyectada         Actual

                                                          Oct 1, 18                  Oct 1, 19             10/1/2019

           Parley’s Park                                 522                           526                      547

            McPolin                                        380                            382                      388

           Jeremy Ranch                               546                           556                      555

           Traiside                                          461                           469                      427

           Ecker Hill                                       805                            768                     773

           Treasure Mountain                     813                            806                     784 

           High School                                1,253                         1,287                  1,291

                                       Total:              4,780                          4,794                 4,765

            Cambio                                         (37)                                 14                     (15)

            Cambio Porcentual                    -8%                            0.3%                 -0.3%  

Actualización de la Planificación Maestra

La Dra. Gildea compartió comentarios de la comunidad sobre posibles prioridades del plan maestro. Ver la presentación aquí.

Nueva Reglament a Publicarse

Regulación 1001: Código de Conducta

Reglamento Aprobada

Regulación 10045: Asistencia

Comentarios del Publico

Shannon Schemmer expresó su preocupación con los maestros que están aprendiendo a usar la versión del libro de calificaciones del programa Power Teacher Pro. Ella cree que cambiar demasiadas variables a la vez añade mucho estrés adicional en los estudiantes, maestros, y padres. Ella también cuestionó la decisión de terminar el trimestre la misma semana del receso de otoño.

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.

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.

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.

Board Meeting Summary | May 21, 2019

Superintendent Report

Superintendent Jill Gildea shared accolades student and staff have received since the last board meeting. She showed Ecker Hill Middle School’s overview of its School to Watch national redesignation and congratulated the school on this prestigious honor.

Dr. Gildea addressed concerns some parents have regarding standards-based learning (SBL). She said SBL has been talked about in the district since 2007, and schools need an aligned system so they can yield the best results for students.

She outlined the three pathways necessary when shifting to SBL: changing the paradigm, building the foundation of standards-based grading, and shifting the report card to reflect a standards-aligned reporting system. The junior high and high school years will secure a letter grade and a GPA as part of their mastery transcripts. The Superintendent said this practice is accepted by colleges and universities globally.

This year 23 educational leaders and nine parents have donated their time, suggestions, learning, ideas, and input in order to fully develop an implementation timeline. Superintendent Gildea said work will continue through the 2021-22 school year to clearly identify pathways and proficiencies for students. Dr. Gildea said there will be ongoing research, input, and implementation planning, and community education around the practice, aligned systems, and college admissions throughout the next school year.

Master Planning

Chris Guarino of NV5 and Christine Richman of GSBS provided the board with an update on the Future of Learning master planning process. GSBS is in the process of finalizing the Education Specifications, Facilities Master Plan, and Facility Condition Assessment. The consultants also reviewed the recent grade alignment survey results. Guarino said the survey had some common themes and the results will be helpful to the board as it evaluates its next steps.

The survey findings include:

– Preschool/early learning students housed in their neighborhood elementary schools: 68.6%

– K-5 grades in elementary school and 6-8 grades in middle school: 51%

– 9th grade at the high school: 84.9%

– Grades 9-12 at one high school in current location: 54.1%

– Did overall cost influence your decision: 2.68 (scale of 1-5)

– Parents: 87.6% of respondents were parents

The board will discuss its next steps and critical priorities during a special work session on June 4.  The full presentation can be viewed here.

Calendar Survey

Superintendent Gildea noted that 56% of those who responded to the district’s calendar survey said they are satisfied with the district’s current calendar. She presented tentative versions of the 2020-21 and 2021-22 calendars. Calendars can be viewed here. The board will take input and vote on the calendars at its June 18 meeting.

Mental Health Month Resolution

The board adopted a resolution recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month in Park City School District. The board encourages students, families, and employees to take the opportunity to learn more about improving mental health and prevently substance abuse.

Joint Use Agreement

The board approved a joint use agreement between Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District and Park City Municipal Corporation that provides recreational facilities and programs which are best served through a joint, cooperative and consolidated effort.

Patron Comments

The following individuals addressed the board on the topic of SBL:

– Student: Emily Campbell (Ecker Hill Middle)

– Parents: Julie Engle, Meg Leaf, Ken Canada, Brent Milner, Phoebe Hailey, Lauren Anderson, Glen Anderson, Jenny Campbell, Amy Neff, Lara Lusher, Lizzie Brenkus, Laura Tettelbach, Chris Campbell, Shannon Schemmer, and Molly Campbell

– Educators: Austyn Borjigin (McPolin), Laura Starley (Ecker Hill Middle), Elizabeth Hensler and Shannon Jones (Jeremy Ranch), Principal Roger Arbabi (Park City High)

Board President Andrew Caplan said the district is moving forward and working to improve the overall education for students. He reiterated that the board has hired district leaders from top performing districts and schools because they are progressive, highly qualified academic leaders who wish to raise the level of achievement for Park City schools to be not just the best in Utah, but among the best in nation.

Policies for Posting

– Policy 4006: Cash Management

– 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

– Policy 11001: Title I Parent Involvement

Policy Adopted

The board approved revisions to Policy 5000 – Snow Days, with an amendment to add the word “essential” to B.2.

Budget Hearing

The board adopted the FY19 Revised Budget, and approved the FY20 Preliminary Budget. The  FY20 preliminary tax rate was approved, which amounts to an increase of $11 per $100,000 home, or $20 for $100,000 on a secondary home or commercial business The public can offer comment on the tax increase at the district’s Truth-in-Taxation Hearing on Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. at the District Office. View the Preliminary Budget here.

District Seeking Feedback through Calendar Survey

Park City School District has partnered with Hanover Research to a conduct comprehensive survey of staff, students, parents, and the community to gather input that will enable the district to develop a school calendar for the next three to five years.

The survey opened today, April 24, and can be taken in English or Spanish by clicking here. The survey closes May 8. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Responses will remain strictly confidential and all data will be stored securely on Hanover’s private servers. No information that could be used to identify specific individuals will be reported or released.