NEWS RELEASE

For additional information, contact:  Lorie Pearce, Executive Assistant to BOE/Supt at lpearce@pcschools.us

June 29, 2021

Board of Education Update – June 29, 2021

            by Erin Grady, BOE President

On Tuesday, June 29, 2021, the Park City School District Board of Education met together to learn about clean energy solutions as well as to provide direction on the key outcomes that our community wishes to achieve in implementing the master facilities plan.

The Board of Education affirmed the community’s priorities related to the master plan:

  1. Bring 9th grade into PCHS
  2. Serve 6th, 7th and 8th middle grades at EHMS
  3. Additions at the elementary schools along with additional wrap services space at 2 of the elementary sites to serve PreK
  4. Increase energy efficiencies and incorporate green solutions

The Board’s direction to the Facilities Team is to minimize disruption to students and the learning environment throughout the construction cycle, stick to necessities in planning and implementing the master plan, and improve energy efficiencies.

At today’s work session, the Board of Education defined and clarified its clean energy goals that are in alignment with Park City Municipal and Summit County’s renewable energy plans and provided direction to the Facilities Team to incorporate energy efficiencies, green building materials and design/ build to a LEED Silver or DFCM high performance building standard.

The Park City School District and Board of Education are committed to pursuing Renewable Energy through the partnerships provided by HB 411 with Park City and Summit County as anchor communities, setting a target of Energy Utilization Intensity (EUI) under 35, and building toward high performance building standards.

The master facility plan has been developed over a 2+ year period with the meaningful input of stakeholders throughout the planning process.  As the Park City School District Board of Education prepares to implement the plan, we look forward to additional community participation and engagement in setting the course for the Future of Learning.

@parkcityschools

NEWS RELEASE 

For additional information, contact:  Lorie Pearce, Executive Assistant to BOE/Supt at lpearce@pcschools.us 

June 15, 2021 

Board of Education Update – June 15, 2021

by Erin Grady, BOE President 

At the June 15, 2021 school board meeting, we met in person at 2700 Kearns Blvd in the Board Room.  At this meeting, we reviewed and adopted the 21/22 School Year Budget.  Highlights of this budget include: 0 tax increase while meeting the educational and operational needs of a highly successful school district.  Dr. Gildea and her team were able to apply current resources to meet the needs of the school district in a way that maintains the budget with under 2% growth.  

The budget will be submitted to the International Association of School Business Officials for an external review.  For the past two years, the PCSD Board of Education has earned the Meritorious Budget Award designation, and we are proud of our community’s commitment to supporting our excellent schools and the work of the budget development and audit teams.

In addition to a successful budget year, the school board also learned about next steps in the master facility plan process.  At this time, the school board will consider a variety of financing options to realize the key goals of grade realignment for secondary grades (EHMS and PCHS), improved learning space, and expanding the preschool program on site. As we consider the investment in our infrastructure, we are also keeping an eye toward green/clean energy and sustainability as well as focus on needed or necessary updates.  The last time PCSD had a large renovation project was 2008, so it is clear that it is time for our community to come together to support necessary improvements to the learning environment at each of our community’s schools.

The entire Board of Education wishes to recognize and acknowledge the incredible efforts of the entire educational, operational, administrative and support staff for keeping students central to each decision this year. Your incredible dedication and efforts are to be commended. 

At this meeting we updated a series of policies that were originally published in April including: Harassment & AntiDiscrimination, Code of Conduct, School Community Councils, Volunteers in Schools, Conduct on School Premises, and Visitor Access. Most have minor or non-substantive changes, but policies are typically reviewed every 5 years.  We also passed an Unmanned Aircraft policy which permits our trained educators to teach aerial photography with the use of a small drone device at the secondary levels. 

During the June meeting, we bid a fond farewell through a Retirement Recognition Resolution.  Our 19 retirees contributed 407 years to public education and are celebrated for their accomplishments.  

The Board of Education also wishes to recognize our 400 talented PCHS graduates and the Girls LaCrosse Team in their State Championship Win. 

#GoMiners! 

Mask Update

NEWS RELEASE

For additional information, contact: communications@pcschools.us

Friday, May 21, 2021

With 7 days remaining in the 20/21 school year, we are looking forward to ending the year healthy and strong.

Staff and students will be expected to wear facemasks through the end of the school year (June 3). As a caring community, we are keeping in place those strategies that reduce the spread of COVID transmission especially in our school aged population who are not yet vaccinated. The Park City Education Association strongly supports this message and encourages staff and students to continue following all the COVID-19 mitigation procedures that have made our school year a successful one: wearing masks, vaccination, distancing, and sanitization.

As recently as May 15, 2021, the CDC has also recommended that face masks be worn in the school setting: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/operation-strategy. html

Thank you for your support of our staff and students as we work towards a healthy & successful conclusion of the 20/21 school year

Board of Education-May 2021

NEWS RELEASE 

For additional information, contact:  Lorie Pearce, Executive Assistant to BOE/Supt at lpearce@pcschools.us 

May 18, 2021 

Board of Education Update – May 2021

by Erin Grady, BOE President 

At the May School Board Meeting, we met for the first time via Zoom. With a virtual meeting, we did stick with the areas of business necessary to successfully close out the year including Master Facility Planning.  The School Board directed administration to move forward with a Request for Qualifications for certified architects to begin work on design/construction drawings aligned to the Master Facility Plan. If all goes to plan, we’d be looking at grade realignment in 2024. 

At this time of year, the Board of Education also looks at the totality of the budget for the 21/22 school year.  With solid planning and good economic predictions, we met the threshold for our agreed compensation plans for all employee groups. The overall budget increases under 2%, and we are able to present this strong budget to the community with pride.

This month is Mental Health Awareness month, and Deanna Rhodes will join us as we support a Mental Health Awareness Resolution. We have also approved and published our 21/22 school year calendar. 

We heard from constituents on the concerns related to removing as well as keeping the mask mandate and on the Open Enrollment policy that was updated for clarification in January 2021.  The mask mandate remains rule of law through May 31.  After that date, we respectfully request that staff and families continue to wear masks within the school setting until the conclusion of the 20/21 school year.  

While the Governor has relieved the mandate as of May 31, we still have active cases of COVID19 within the community and ask that families help us to end the year strong.  We do not anticipate the need for face masks during the 21/22 school year.  

In all cases, the Board of Education and District has adhered to the Utah Department of Public Health School Manual as well as the Legislated regulations related to Public Health.  

With regard to Open Enrollment, the shift for our staff includes submitting a one-page enrollment form.  Otherwise, the process for review is the same as it has been for at least a dozen years.  While we understand and hear the concerns of staff, this annual process has been in place, and we anticipate that enrollments will include our staff and employees’ children as a part of our community’s school system.  We will do all we can to make PCSD the most attractive employer it can be for our teachers. 

Our focus as a Board of Education is to create the conditions for staff, student, and community success. Our work, to that end, is a focus on the mission and vision of PCSD. 

News Release-End of Year

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

End Of Year

 With 26 days remaining in the 2020/2021 school year, we are looking forward to ending the year healthy and strong. Thursday, June 3, 2021, the final day of school, will follow a Friday release schedule with bus transportation available.  Lunch will also be available for students. Thursday, June 3, at 5:00 P.M. seniors will graduate from Park City High School at the North Forty, and families will be invited to attend that special recognition ceremony of the Class of 2021. Masks will be required as this is a gathering of greater than 50.

While the statewide mask mandate expired on April 10, 2021, according to HB294, masks are still required for large gatherings of 50 or more guests, and masks are still required in K-12 schools.  The Legislature kept the mask requirement in place for the following reasons:

  1. No vaccine is currently authorized for anyone younger than 16.
  2. Not every adult in the school setting has been vaccinated.
  3. Children can get sick from COVID.
  4. Children can get COVID, not feel sick and transmit the illness to people who are not vaccinated yet.

We’re not out of the pandemic yet. And, we know that masks work to prevent the spread of COVID based on our successfully maintaining in person learning for the 20/21 school year. According to Dr. Andy Pavia, Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah Health, “We all want what is the best for our kids. And what is best for our kids ultimately is to have a safe and healthy end of the school year. We’re in the final stretch…and that means keeping doing things that work, and that includes, first and foremost, masking. There are very, very, very few conditions that medically make it inappropriate or dangerous for a child to wear a mask…in most cases the danger of not wearing one outweighs those issues.”

“Masks are a very safe and easy measure that has proven very effective at allowing kids to go to school in person, which is what we all care about.”

Thank you for your support as we work towards a successful conclusion of the 2020/2021 school year.

Board of Education-April 2021

NEWS RELEASE 

For additional information, contact:  Lorie Pearce, Executive Assistant to BOE/Supt at lpearce@pcschools.us 

April 20, 2021

Board of Education Update – April 2021 

by Erin Grady, BOE President 

It’s been a busy month.  In April, we saw incredible actions and accolades from our students and our staff across academics, arts, athletics, and more. Our student participants in the Sterling Scholar statewide competition earned recognition for their efforts as did our dramatists at the state level. Congratulations to each of our students who pursue their interests and passion at such an extraordinary level. 

At the regular monthly business meeting, the Park City School District Board of Education heard updates and reports from:

PCEA Leadership – Julie Hooker submitted a written statement highlighting communication and collaboration. PCEA mentioned that with 31 days of school, we have AP testing, elementary state testing, and traditions such as 5th grade clap out and high school graduation to look forward to in the coming months. PCEA shared, “We appreciate the commitment to student, teacher and staff safety with the enforcement of Governor Cox’s mask mandate until the end of the school year.” 

Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Amy Hunt – shared information on the 21/22 LandTrust applications and reviewed some examples of the stretch goals our schools have adopted.  BOE Member Peters complimented the streamlined layout of the Landtrust plans. 

Chief Operations Officer, Mike Tanner, spoke about covid trends, safety/security, briefed the school board on two recent events related to mask wearing and vaccinations for COVID. Mr. Tanner also discussed the overall capital budget which addresses our facilities at approximately $4.75M for the year.  Mr. Tanner indicated a review of the requests from our baseball families will want to be considered as part of a long range athletics facilities plan.  Whether the community and BOE elect to review previous plans for indoor facilities or consider a phased approach to field improvements, all will take time, collaboration and dollars. 

Superintendent Gildea thanked our incredible staff for their exemplary work this year and noted, “As we are maneuvering through an unusual time and through unusual circumstances, we appreciate our community’s commitment to educational and academic excellence.” Later in the meeting, Dr. Gildea read a statement about the face covering requirement, and asked that we include this information for the public:

“The Public Health Order that outlines the mask mandate is still in effect through June 15th as outlined by the Governor through the Utah Department of Public Health. While you may have varying thoughts and feelings about the wearing of masks in schools, the mandate is considered rule of law, disallowing school boards and leaders to override the state mask mandate order for schools.” 

Medical exemptions are permitted to the face covering requirement and have been in place all school year. 

The Park City School District Board of Education heard the following reports:

Stiefel financial advisors presented an overview of traditional funding methods for the master plan sharing good news on low-interest rates.

Mr. Hauber, Business Administrator, provided a budget overview along with the financial outlook of the district related to state and local revenues.  The prepared budget does include a tax increase request of $800,000, which was our target. 

Policy updates on existing policies were introduced and discussed with minor to no substantive changes but are brought up for 5 year review.  We received comment from the public on two of the policies with requests to add examples.  As the policy provides the umbrella, administrative guidelines may include examples related to visitor or conduct policies. 

The aircraft policy is related to permissions necessary to pursue funding for drone education which may be applied in CTE or film studies courses. 

The Board adjourned for a brief closed session and then returned to adjourn the meeting. 

With regard to Public Comments, we wish to remind our public of the following:

-Public Comments will not be read verbatim, but will be recorded in the notes of the meeting. For example, “Baseball Field” will be found in notes that indicates 50 individuals wrote in to support funding and/or to support creative alternatives to provide indoor practice space for spring sports.  However, we will not read aloud the same email message 50 times.  We appreciate input from the public.

-Public Comment provides input to topics being discussed or addressed, but it is not a place where a list of questions will be read, reviewed or recorded.  

-Public Comment will not be addressed in the moment but will be assigned to an administrator for follow up.  It is not a series of back and forth dialogue or a list of questions.  Questions for the school district or school board may be directed to: communications@pcschools.us 

Board of Education

NEWS RELEASE 

For additional information, contact:  Lorie Pearce, Executive Assistant to BOE/Supt at lpearce@pcschools.us 

March 17, 2021 

Board of Education Update – March 2021 

by Erin Grady, BOE President 

In March, the school board held a work session as well as a regular meeting.  At the work session, the topic of the meeting was a review of the options outlined by MHTN for the Kearns Campus, EHMS, and the elementary sites.

The school board also heard the initial findings from the Demographic Study.  It does appear that PCSD is heading toward a period of slight declining enrollment — even as we include planned development in the planning process.  This is, in part, due to overall Summit County birth rates as well as migration in and out of the district and state.  We keep a close eye on enrollment numbers in order to adequately staff the district. Taking the time to plan now permits the Park City School District to successfully and strategically plan for the future.

At the regular monthly business meeting, the Park City School District Board of Education heard updates and reports from:

  1. PCEA Leadership shared the successes and challenges of this amazingly complex school year and urged ongoing collaboration to ensure student success. 
  2. Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Amy Hunt, spoke to the good work of the school sites in a successful March 15 Professional Learning Day as well as provided a deeper look into the PCSD Instructional Framework.
  3. Chief Operations Officer, Mike Tanner, spoke about covid trends, safety and security and plans to continue the free lunch program throughout summer school at the McPolin School site.
  4. Superintendent Gildea thanked the educators, community and families for collaborative efforts in keeping our schools open and also outlined the history of the master planning efforts to date. Dr. Gildea stated that graduation is scheduled for June 3 and that next year Monday through Thursday will be full academic days, and Fridays will remain on this year’s schedule with early release Fridays.

The Park City School District Board of Education took the following actions:

  1. Approved the proposed Student Fee Schedule for the 21/22 school year.
  2. Approved and affirmed Master Planning Priorities as established by the Community in 2019:
    1. Full High School Experience – move 9th grade into the high school
    2. Full Middle School Experience – 6th, 7th, and 8th grade together
    3. Strengthen Community Services – Expand preschool capacity at all locations and add community wrap services at two elementary schools – Jeremy Ranch and McPolin
    4. Increase Sustainability – coordinate with Park City’s 2030 Vision and goals

Approved the following Policies

Policy 7090Substitute TeachersInserts EduStaff where appropriate
Policy 7097Nepotism (New Policy)Clarifies Supervisory roles of individuals who may be related
Policy 7160Orderly TerminationPersonnel Policy was approved after edits and input were made by our stakeholders




The School Board requested that MOCA return to a scheduled March 31, 2021 work session to present a concurrent build pricing timeline and cost analysis. 

The Board of Education is narrowing down the Phase I Master Education/Facility Plan which will address EHMS and PCHS renovation and addition as well as additions to the elementary schools while incorporating clean and sustainable energy efficiencies at all sites. 

This first phase realigns the district to maintain PK-5 elementary schools, merge to a 6th to 8th grade middle school education program, and provide a comprehensive 9th through 12th grade high school experience while expanding capacity for early learning at each elementary school.  

The action planning related to design and timing of actual construction is going to take some time with estimates, pending funding, ranging from 2024 to 2026 for the moves to actually take place. 

These proposals do not disrupt any of the athletic fields at either secondary site nor does it disrupt existing space for learning to occur during periods of renovation.  It will be for a future school board to determine additional phases, but we have a long-term facility plan that can help guide the way for the future of PCSD.  

The Board adjourned for a brief closed session and then returned to adjourn the meeting. 

With regard to Public Comments, we wish to remind our public of the following:

-A school board meeting is a business meeting that is held in public; it is not a “public meeting.”  Therefore, audience members should adhere to appropriate audience behavior – observe quietly so that others may hear the presenters. Presenters are facing and speaking with the Board Members to inform their decisions in their business meeting; it is not a presentation for or by the public.

-We, as an elected Board of Education, value and appreciate all statements from our constituents related to the work at hand. We do ask that public comment be directed to noticed topics on the agenda with a three-minute time limit per speaker or five-minute time limit per group. 

-Public Comment is intended to provide stakeholder input to the school board on noticed topics after following appropriate communication channels within the school site and then within the district as we work to resolve issues closest to where an issue emerges. We do not hear comments on specific students, families, or personnel at the business meeting. 

-Public Comment will not be addressed in the moment but will be assigned to an administrator for follow up.  It is not a series of back and forth dialogue or a list of questions.  Questions for the school district or school board may be directed to: communications@pcschools.us 

Board of Education Update – March 2021  by Erin Grady, BOE President

Board of Education

Action and Accomplishment Feb 2021

by Erin Grady, BOE President

At the February Board of Education meeting, the school board heard updates on several topics including a high level budget planning overview for the 21/22 school year, a brief master planning update, news and information from the active session of the Utah legislature, and we assigned Board Committees for this next year.

Tonight’s meeting included the first reading of the FY22 School Fees Schedule that aligns to the regulations on posting these out of pocket expenses for parents and families. We took public comments on this fee schedule and will also accept input and feedback from the public next month on this topic.

The Board of Education is charged with financial and policy oversight of the Park City School District and with strategic planning as it maintains a 30,000 ft view in planning for the future of PCSD. And, as a Board/District team, we work to create conditions and support for student success.

In addition, the Park City School District Board of Education:

  1. Heard an update on the state Assessment System from our CAO;
  2. Heard updates on Operations and School Safety from our COO who highlighted the improved COVID counts across the county, outlined the Test to Stay status through the next two weeks, introduced a permanent TestUT site on Kearns campus, and thanked the HR team for organizing additional volunteers to assist with secondary covid testing efforts across the district.
  3. Considered revisions to the following policies:
    • 7090 – Substitute Teachers
    • 7097 – Nepotism
    • 7160 – Orderly Termination

      Each month, we will keep Master Planning on the Board Agenda as we re-launch this important future facilities project.

      This month, we also, as a school board, reiterated the following positions:
  1. The school board, as an entity, and by practice, does not endorse any developer, development or builder.
  2. The school board recognizes and values the student participation in clean energy and sustainability projects and will fold the ideas into the master planning effort.
  3. The school board, as an entity, and by practice, will listen and hear public comment; however, any response will follow from an assigned administrator rather than engage in dialogue during the session.

PCSD Statement on Today’s Events 1/6/2021

January 6, 2021

Park City School District Statement on Today’s Events

“A time to help, a time to model, a time to teach”

As the nation and our children read, hear and watch about the riots at the U.S. Capitol building, we are reminded just how important it is for school systems to teach about and model civility and respect for our democracy.

Civic engagement is the foundation of our democracy. PCSD respects and supports the right to demonstrate and peacefully protest. We strongly condemn all attempts to incite violence and do not tolerate acts of hate that counter our shared democratic principles. 

We know that it is sometimes difficult to find the words to talk with children about these events. 

Below are some suggestions for talking to your children about today’s violence. 

Responding to Children’s Emotional Needs During Times of Crisis (American Academy of Pediatrics) 

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (National Association of School Psychologists) 

This is a time for our Country to stand together and promote peace, hope, and optimism for the future. We encourage everyone to use this moment to remember the foundational values that our Country was built on and what we stand for as a Nation.

I encourage all to remain kind and supportive of each other as we continue to navigate what has been an incredibly challenging school year.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jill Gildea Superintendent of Schools