NEWS RELEASE 

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

Board of Education Actions & Accomplishments – May 17, 2022

by Erin Grady, BOE President 

The PCSD Board of Education met on May 17, 2022,  at our regular monthly business meeting. The meeting started at 3:00 P.M. at the District Office with a planned legal update for the BOE in a Closed Session.  At 4:10 P.M. the Board reconvened into Open Session and were so pleased to welcome our retirees for a formal resolution and recognition of Years of Service.  Over 161 years of experience are retiring from public service this year, and each of you will be sorely missed.

During the open meeting, the Board of Education heard from both employee groups and district leadership as well as hearing from our Student Board of Education member.  We are appreciative of our Student Board voice and participation. 

Mary Wood Morgan, representing PCEA Leadership, shared celebrations, current projects underway including LPA updates as well as future planning including discussions. The BOE appreciates partnership with PCEA to ensure educator voices are informing key policy decisions. 

Jen Bramson, representing PCCEA Leadership, shared her concerns related to Transportation compensation and shared a comparison study of neighboring districts and other businesses that could recruit our drivers.  The proposed budget does include strategies to support our ESP areas in addressing market and cost of living adjustment. 


The Board welcomed Heidi Matthews who shared her appreciation for the support she received during her 6 year tenure as the statewide UEA President. Heidi’s advocacy across the state for educators and public education has been commendable, and we are pleased to welcome her back to PCSD for the Fall 2022.

Dr. Hunt shared commendations and recommendations from two recent state visits including TItle III and PBIS reports.  Teaching and Learning, as a department, have been working with data and found the reports to be on point with their recommendations and next action steps as well.  We are appreciative of the Park City Education Foundation in supporting the PBIS incentives to ensure the program is bolstered district wide.

Mr. Tanner provided an Operations update highlighting that COVID is in a medium transmission index; however, mitigation such as enhanced cleaning and monitoring indoor airflow is still in place.  Spring activities are scheduled as planned. 

An overview of the master facility plan has us on time and on budget for our schools’ projects with a great opportunity to hit our energy efficiency goals. The building sizes are aligned to the Master Plan and Bid specifications with some site work planned for mid-June as we launch a two-year construction cycle.

Mr. Hauber shared an overview of the Budget Proposal as well as information related to class sizes as projected for the 22/23 school year.  Our target for elementary classes is 23:1 with registration currently in progress.  We appreciate input received in this process.  

#GoMiners!

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COMUNICADO DE PRENSA 

Para obtener información adicional, comuníquese con:  Lorie Pearce, Asistente Ejecutiva de BOE/Superintendente en lpearce@pcschools.us 

Acciones y logros de la Junta de Educación – 17 de may de 2022

por Erin Grady, presidenta de BOE 

La Junta de Educación de PCSD se reunió el 17 de mayo de 2022 en nuestra reunión de negocios mensual habitual. La reunión comenzó a las 3:00 p.m. en la Oficina del Distrito con una actualización legal planificada para la BOE en una sesión cerrada. A las 4:10 p.m., la Junta volvió a reunirse en sesión abierta y estuvo muy complacida de dar la bienvenida a nuestros jubilados para una resolución formal y reconocimiento de años de servicio. Más de 161 años de experiencia se retiran del servicio público este año, y cada uno de ustedes será extrañado.

Durante la reunión abierta, la Junta de Educación escuchó a los grupos de empleados y al liderazgo del distrito, así como a nuestro miembro estudiantil de la Junta de Educación. Agradecemos la voz y participación de nuestra Junta de Estudiantes. 

Mary Wood Morgan, en representación de PCEA Leadership, compartió celebraciones, proyectos actuales en curso, incluidas actualizaciones de LPA, así como planificación futura, incluidas discusiones. La BOE aprecia la asociación con PCEA para garantizar que las voces de los educadores informen las decisiones políticas clave. 

Jen Bramson, en representación de PCCEA Liderazgo, compartió sus preocupaciones relacionadas con la compensación de transporte y compartió un estudio de comparación de distritos vecinos y otras empresas que podrían contratar a nuestros conductores. El presupuesto propuesto incluye estrategias para apoyar nuestras áreas de ESP para abordar el mercado y el ajuste del costo de vida. 


La Junta dio la bienvenida a Heidi Matthews, quien compartió su agradecimiento por el apoyo que recibió durante su mandato de 6 años como presidenta de la UEA en todo el estado. La defensa de Heidi en todo el estado para los educadores y la educación pública ha sido encomiable, y nos complace darle la bienvenida nuevamente a PCSD para el otoño de 2022. 

Dra. Hunt compartió elogios y recomendaciones de dos visitas estatales recientes, incluidos los informes de Título III y PBIS. Enseñanza y aprendizaje, como departamento, han estado trabajando con datos y encontraron que los informes también son acertados con sus recomendaciones y los próximos pasos de acción. Agradecemos a la Fundación de Educación de Park City por apoyar los incentivos de PBIS para garantizar que el programa se refuerce en todo el distrito.

Sr. Tanner proporcionó una actualización de operaciones que destaca que COVID se encuentra en un índice de transmisión medio; sin embargo, la mitigación, como la limpieza mejorada y el monitoreo del flujo de aire interior, aún está vigente. Las actividades de primavera están programadas según lo planeado. 

Una descripción general del plan maestro de instalaciones nos muestra a tiempo y dentro del presupuesto para los proyectos de nuestras escuelas con una gran oportunidad para alcanzar nuestras metas de eficiencia energética. Los tamaños de los edificios están alineados con el Plan Maestro y las especificaciones de la oferta con algunos trabajos en el sitio planificados para mediados de junio, ya que iniciamos un ciclo de construcción de dos años.

Sr. Hauber compartió una descripción general de la propuesta de presupuesto, así como información relacionada con el tamaño de las clases según lo proyectado para el año escolar 22/23. Nuestro objetivo para las clases de primaria es 23:1 con el registro actualmente en curso. Agradecemos los aportes recibidos en este proceso.  

#GoMiners!

National Merit Scholarship

NEWS RELEASE

Park City High School Student won National Merit Scholarship

PARK CITY, UT (May 17, 2022) – Park City High School senior Katherine Zara Beal was awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 

Katherine Zara Beal will study writing in college. 

The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, these Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the  Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including the difficulty level of subjects, studied and grades earned; scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test  (PSAT/NMSQT®); contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official. 

The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

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The Future of our Schools: A Focus on Conservation

PARK CITY, UT (May 17, 2022) – The Future of our Schools: A Focus on Conservation was moderated by our student leaders of four groups. The goal was to guide the conversation with the community about energy conservation in our schools and community. The four groups included: 

  • Energy Group, directed by: Montana Burack & Stella Dustman 
  • Green Schools, directed by: Sonja Preston & Greta Kirby 
  • Composting directed by: Hadley Miles & Graham Kirby
  • Outdoor Learning, directed by:  Erin Donovan 

Additionally, on behalf of the Utah Society for Environmental Education and the support of Recycle Utah, Summit Land Conservancy, EATS (Eat Awesome Things), and Momentum Recycling, the students, successfully obtained the status of Utah Green Schools for Park City School District. 

NEWS RELEASE 

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

Board of Education Actions & Accomplishments – April 19, 2022

by Erin Grady, BOE President 

The PCSD Board of Education met on April 19, 2022 at our regular monthly business meeting. The meeting started at 3:00 P.M. at the District Office with a planned legal update for the BOE in a Closed Session.  At 4:00 P.M. the Board reconvened into Open Session where the Board of Education held a moment of silence in recognition of Board Member Kara Hendrickson who passed away on April, 8, 2022. Her Board work has left a positive and indelible mark on PCSD. She is sorely missed.

During the open meeting, we conducted interim appointment interviews for the open Board of Education seat.  Three excellent candidates emerged from the community with a strong willingness to serve in support of our schools, our students, and our staff from District 4. We are fortunate that any of the three are excellent spokespersons for the work of the PCSD and wish to encourage positive growth and support of the community’s excellent education system. The appointment of the seat will be made publicly on April 25 at 5:30 P.M. during a special meeting of the Board of Education and the Building Authority. 

Dr. Hunt shared information on the goals and expenditures of the School Student Achievement Plans. The School Community Councils at each site (elected parents, educators, and the principal) develop and approve these plans within the parameters of the LandTrust and TSSA dollars. For 22/23, school goals and plans are aimed at supporting student growth, providing interventions for struggling students, and ensuring high quality professional development.  

Dr. Hunt also reminded our families that annual standardized assessments will begin soon, and that this data helps to measure the school system’s progress so that we are able to adjust instruction to best meet the needs of our students. We appreciate the support of all families in sending students to school on test days well rested and encouraged to try their best. 

Mr. Tanner provided an Operations update highlighting no confirmed COVID cases as of right now and school system operations returning towards a “new normal.” Mitigation such as enhanced cleaning and monitoring indoor air flow are still in place.

The Facilities team is working through the Capital Outlay budget for 22/23 understanding the myriad of priorities facing PCSD as we head into renovation and construction these next two years. This June, the Tech Team will be moving the servers into the District lower level to ensure smooth operations throughout the construction phase which will lead to 0 phone service or internet access June 6-8, 2022. The Security Committee meets quarterly and will meet tomorrow. The committee includes representatives from across the county – law enforcement, fire protection, and volunteer community members. 

Dr. Mahon-Reynolds provided the Board with an update on the Coalition for Safe & Inclusive Schools. With participation from our administrators, educators, staff and community partners, we believe in the power to positively impact student outcomes and ensure a sense of safety and belonging for all within the Park City Schools. Dr. Mahon-Reynolds reiterated the overarching goal of the committee as well as key take-aways and priorities from the Coalition’s 4/6/2022 meeting.  The next meeting of the Coalition is Wednesday, April 20 from 3:30 – 5:00 P.M. at the Blair Education Center. 

Students who serve as ambassadors for the Children’s Justice Center in Summit County shared with us a Proclamation of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. This Proclamation reiterates a focus on the complex and ongoing societal issue of abuse and neglect. We appreciate student voice and leadership as an integral aspect of a healthy and vibrant community. 

An overview of the master facility plan has us on time and on budget for our schools projects with a great opportunity to hit our energy efficiency goals. The collective commitment towards clean energy is a hallmark of our renovation and construction efforts. 

Mr. Hauber announced that the Bond Sale was successfully completed.  The Board’s next meeting is a special session scheduled for Monday, April 25, 2022 at 5:30 P.M. at 2700 Kearns Blvd. 

#GoMiners!

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NSBA 2022 Magna Awards

Park City School District Earns Top Honor in 2022 Magna Awards Program for Equity Work

Park City, Utah, (Apr. 19, 2022): We are happy to announce that Park City School District is a National School Boards Association (NSBA) 2022 Magna Award winner. PCSD was recognized for its commitment to equity as a Silver Award winner in the 28th annual Magna Awards program. PCSD is one of 18 winners–three Grand Prize and 12 Silver Award winners–across the nation receiving this honor.

Sponsored by NSBA’s flagship magazine, American School Board Journal, the Magna Awards honor districts across the country for their programs that break down barriers to achievement for underserved students. PCSD was selected as a winner by an independent panel of judges.

Bright Futures & Big Dreams provides consistent, reliable, and sustainable support for traditionally underserved and first-generation language-learner students to receive in-the-moment preparation in academic content vocabulary to open the doors for dual enrollment and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

“The 2022 Magna Award-winning districts represent the enormous efforts of school leaders during the pandemic to continue to remove barriers for their underserved and vulnerable children,” said NSBA Executive Director and CEO Dr. John Heim.

PCSD is highlighted in the April issue of ASBJ. Read about PCSD award-winning program and the other winners at www.nsba.org/ASBJ.


Premios NSBA 2022 Magna 

El distrito escolar de Park City obtiene el máximo honor en el programa de premios Magna 2022 para el trabajo de equidad

Park City, Utah, (19 de abril de 2022): Nos complace anunciar que el distrito escolar de Park City es una Asociación Nacional de Juntas Escolares (NSBA)  Ganador del Premio Magna 2022. PCSD fue reconocido por su compromiso con la equidad como ganador del Premio de Plata en el 28ºprograma anual de los Premios Magna. PCSD es uno de los 18 ganadores, tres ganadores del Gran Premio y 12 del Premio de Plata, en todo el país que reciben este honor.

Patrocinado por la revista insignia de la NSBA, American School Board Journal, los premios Magna honran a los distritos de todo el país por sus programas que derriban las barreras para el rendimiento de los estudiantes desatendidos. PCSD fue seleccionado como ganador por un panel independiente de jueces.

Bright Futures & Big Dreams brinda apoyo constante, confiable y sostenible para estudiantes de idiomas tradicionalmente desatendidos y de primera generación para recibir preparación en el momento en el vocabulario de contenido académico para abrir las puertas a la inscripción dual y cursos de Colocación Avanzada (AP) .

“Los distritos ganadores del Premio Magna 2022 representan los enormes esfuerzos de los líderes escolares durante la pandemia para continuar eliminando las barreras para sus niños desatendidos y vulnerables”, dijo el director ejecutivo y director ejecutivo de la NSBA, el Dr. John Heim.

PCSD se destaca en la edición de abril de ASBJ. Lea sobre el programa ganador del premio PCSD y los otros ganadores en www.nsba.org/ASBJ.

Board of Education

NEWS RELEASE 

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

Board of Education Actions & Accomplishments – March 29, 2022 

by Erin Grady, BOE President 

The PCSD Board of Education met in a Special Session on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at 2:00 P.M.  At the meeting, the Board of Education led a review of the financing plans for Ecker Hill Middle School, Parley’s Park Elementary School, and the Trailside Elementary School expansion/renovations which were not included in the November 2021 General Obligation Bond election. 

Throughout the Bond election, all six schools and projects were contemplated and described for the community. Three of the projects were selected to be funded through a General Obligation Bond, and three of the projects were referred to alternative financial options from private bank funding to capital campaign funds and donations or to secure funding through an alternative lease revenue bond. 

Currently, all projects are on time and on budget as we work through the planning phases with the Ecker Hill Middle School project beginning this summer and with Parley’s Park and Trailside beginning work next summer. We are also pleased that our Collective Commitments for Clean Energy are also running according to plan. 

In order to fund the three projects not included in the GO Bond, the Board of Education authorized its Local Building Authority to access an alternative revenue option in the form of a lease/revenue bond through a financial resolution at today’s session.  This financing product does not lead to a tax increase and is, instead, paid back from existing capital revenues.  For example, it is likely that the entirety of the Trailside expansion will be paid for with capital reserves. 

The alternate funding option through the lease revenue bond and its flexibility provides an opportunity to pay down debt earlier or to offset costs as we continue with local capital funding donations or campaigns. 

Both Bond Counsel and the District’s Financial Advisor were on hand to ensure full understanding of this finance option and encouraged the Board of Education to move forward with securing this option while interest rates remain favorable. Bond Counsel also described a similar approach in other districts across Utah. 

The next regular meeting of the Park City School District Board of Education will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 2700 Kearns Blvd.  The meeting is also live-streamed. 

The Building Authority will host a public hearing opportunity on Monday, April 25, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. The public hearing will also be live-streamed. 

Board of Education

NEWS RELEASE

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

Park City School District is committed to student safety.

The board was informed this morning that the Summit County Attorney’s office has filed charges against the Park City School District. The district is looking into the charges and will respond in due course through legal counsel.

We take these allegations seriously and as always prioritize the safety of our students so that they can reach their academic and social potential.

We ask that the public is respectful of the district administration and allows this process to play out before assuming any negligence or bad intent.

The board fully supports the Superintendent, her administration and all our staff as they continue to provide a safe learning environment for all our students.

PCSD Board of Education

NEWS RELEASE 

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

Board of Education Actions & Accomplishments-March 15, 2022

By Erin Grady, BOE President

PCSD Board of Education met on March 15, 2022 at our regular monthly business meeting. The meeting started at 3:30 P.M. at the District Office with a planned legal update for the BOE in a Closed Session.  

During the open meeting, we heard updates from PCEA and wish to thank our educators, staff and administrators for strong partnership as we tackle any issues that emerge together.  The Board appreciates the opportunity to meet on any number of topics from calendar planning to budget development input.

Dr. Mahon-Reynolds provided the Board with an update on the Coalition for Safe & Inclusive Schools. With participation from our administrators, educators, staff and community partners, we believe in the power to positively impact student outcomes and ensure a sense of safety and belonging for all within the Park City Schools. 

An overview of the master facility plan has us on time and on budget for our schools projects with a great opportunity to hit our energy efficiency goals.  

We received an update of the monthly budget development process as well as legislative impacts to the 22/23 school year. Currently, the budget includes the third year of a four year compensation plan that will include a planned truth in taxation increase in August 2022. 

Our strategic planning areas for budget priority include: 

Increasing Academic Achievement

Provide a Safe School Environment that Supports the Whole Child

Attract and Retain Outstanding Educators and Staff

Strengthen School, Family and Community Engagement

Ensure Fiscal and Operational Responsibility

Grade realignment planning and implementation for 2024-2025 school year

We have also  had an opportunity to hear about legislative updates – many of the approved Bills went through the last 24 hours of the session.  It will take some time to ensure all policy and practical implications of new legislation makes its way to our day to day operations. 

The Board of Education is so proud of our educators’ day to day accomplishments. Did you know that in the mid-year academic progress reports provided by the CAO, that ALL student groups are making expected progress and growth?  That is an amazing achievement, and we know how hard everyone is working to keep our students on track.  

Thank you to our educators and staff for keeping our students at the forefront of the critically important work that you do each and every day.

#GoMiners!

Board of Education Statement

Recent events at Park City High School and TMJH have reminded us that hate and bigotry still exist in all corners of our society. 

The use of hurtful language and symbols isn’t new in our community nor will it likely ever go away, and we must address and use each incident as a learning opportunity for our children, our parents, and our fellow community members. 

As many of you remember, several years ago we had racist graffiti at apartments on Kearns that was quickly painted over. Students and faculty rallied and showed support for our Latinx neighbors by boldly stating that this hate was unacceptable in our community. Today should be no different. 

Over the last couple of weeks, racist words and hateful symbols including a swastika have been displayed and drawn on our school campuses, harming and insulting our community. The reaction from the community has rightfully and appropriately been one of shock, anger and sadness. We feel these emotions alongside each of you.

In particular, to those who have been targeted by these hateful actions, we stand with you.  How we respond together will dictate how we move forward as a community in combating hate and bigotry. 

When our students use graffiti and words to spew hatred it must be a teaching experience dealt with by not only our schools but our entire community. 

In the past several days, many community members have reached out, some asking what they can do to help and how to support signaling their support recognizing that we are stronger together. Thank you.

Unfortunately, others have responded using harsh words of their own, personal attacks, and accusing the Superintendent and school board of being complicit in the propagation of hate. 

Equity and inclusion are not just buzzwords for our school district. All decisions we make are intentionally evaluated and analyzed through a lens of equity, inclusion, and belonging.  

The safety of our students and staff is a key tenet of education in our community. We will continue to investigate these incidents while also working to make this a learning experience for all that hate of any sort is not welcome in Park City.

Most importantly, as we move beyond these incidents of hate in our community, we must work together and in good faith with one another to combat hate, and not undermine or work against one another. 

Email campaigns and personal attacks and nasty comments on social media against the board and administration are misplaced, unnecessary, and further perpetuate division in our community. It feels particularly harmful given that the majority of the school board is in fact Jewish. 

We ask that if you have the bandwidth, the desire, the time, and the ability, to please reach out with ideas to share, offers of help to move along, and support to keep our community connected and working together. 

Let love fight hate and let’s do this together and rest assured that educating against hatred will always be a priority in Park City schools.

Andrew, Erin, Anne, Kara and Wendy

PCSD School Board 

Incident of Racist Language

To Our Park City School District Community,

A safe and healthy learning environment is an essential characteristic of effective schools, and every day at Park City Schools we seek to provide a safe and respectful learning and working environment for every student and employee.

When an incident of racist language, hate speech or negative messaging occurs, this action goes against everything for which our schools stand; it is completely contrary to our core values, vision and goals as a learning organization.  It is hurtful to all. 

Call to Action 

“It seems now more than ever that schooling can and should be designed to support young people of all identities and backgrounds as they self-actualize, realize their full potential and participate in a democratic society… [and that] schools today must focus relentlessly on the social-emotional, academic, and healthy identity development of every child” (PELP Note on Racial Equity in Schools, 2020).

We work to support students and staff who have been affected by incidents, and we want to assure every student and employee that we are committed to safety and well-being.

Any incident such as racist messaging is additional evidence of the pressing need in our schools, our community and our nation to find ways to talk constructively and respectfully about diversity, religion and race. 

I am encouraged by the efforts of our staff and students to lean into challenging conversations about race by creating a task force to further research, review and generate action plans that halt intolerant speech or behavior in its tracks; share how they are personally impacted by racism; and contribute to our work to provide schools that are safe, supportive, engaged, challenged and healthy – and where every student feels a sense of belonging.

I am appreciative of the offer of assistance that many of you have extended. Your input has informed the short term actions we’ve identified so far and will continue to shape our long term work, too.  

We are committed to ensuring schools where racism is not tolerated and is not ignored. This is significant work, and we have valuable assets available to support it: student voice and active student leaders; and effective relationships between school staff and students. 

Respectfully,

Dr. Jill Gildea, Superintendent

Park City School District