New Business Administrator for Park City School District Named

J. Randall Upton was unanimously approved by the Park City School District Board of Education, during their regularly scheduled meeting on October 18, 2022, as the district’s new Business Administrator. Upton was sworn into office that evening and will officially begin his duties on October 31, 2022.

Mr. Upton is well credentialed and experienced for this position. He earned a Masters of Professional Accountancy from Weber State University and obtained an Institutional Certificate in Information Systems and Technology. In addition, Upton earned his undergraduate accounting degree and a minor in Japanese from the University of Utah. Randy is an experienced administrator in school finance. He is currently an Assistant Business Administrator and Director of Budgets for Alpine School District, Utah’s largest school district. Prior to assuming that role, Upton had served as the business administrator for Uintah School District for 15 years. He began his school finance career at the Utah State Office of Education.

In addition to being a successful professional, Mr. Upton enjoys spending time with his family.  He and his spouse have nine children and ten grandchildren, with number 11 joining their family this month. In their spare time, they enjoy camping, traveling, boating, and riding a UTV in the great outdoors. He is also a respected collegiate baseball umpire and fill-in at the professional level.

Randy expressed excitement and optimism as he accepted this appointment from the Board of Education. 

La Junta Escolar de Park City anuncia un nuevo administrador comercial

J. Randall Upton fue aprobado por unanimidad por el Distrito Escolar de Park City Junta de Educación, durante su reunión programada regularmente el 18 de octubre de 2022, como nuevo Administrador Comercial del distrito. Upton asumió el cargo esa noche y comenzará oficialmente sus funciones el 31 de octubre de 2022.

El Sr. Upton tiene buenas credenciales y experiencia para este puesto. Obtuvo una Maestría en Contabilidad Profesional de Weber State University y obtuvo un Certificado Institucional en Sistemas y Tecnología de la Información. Además, Upton obtuvo su licenciatura en contabilidad y una especialización en japonés de la Universidad de Utah. Randy es un administrador experimentado en finanzas escolares. Actualmente es administrador comercial adjunto y director de presupuestos del distrito escolar de Alpine, el distrito escolar más grande de Utah. Antes de asumir ese cargo, Upton se desempeñó como administrador comercial del Distrito Escolar de Uintah durante 15 años. Comenzó su carrera en finanzas escolares en la Oficina de Educación del Estado de Utah.

Además de ser un profesional exitoso, el Sr. Upton disfruta pasar tiempo con su familia. Él y su cónyuge tienen nueve hijos y diez nietos, y el número 11 se unirá a su familia este mes. En su tiempo libre, disfrutan de acampar, viajar, pasear en bote y andar en UTV al aire libre. También es un respetado árbitro de béisbol colegiado y suplente a nivel profesional.

Randy expresó entusiasmo y optimismo al aceptar este nombramiento de la Junta de Educación. 

Ecker Hill Middle School Named National School to Watch


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PARK CITY, UT (June 27, 2022) – Ecker Hill Middle School has achieved its third re-designation as a National Schools To Watch. 

What does it mean to be a School to Watch School? Schools to Watch seeks to recognize diverse, high-performing, growth-oriented middle grades schools to demonstrate what all middle grades schools are capable of achieving. 

Schools to Watch Schools are schools that demonstrate:

Academic Excellence. High-performing schools with middle grades are academically excellent.  They challenge all students to use their minds well.

Developmental Responsiveness.  High-performing schools with middle grades are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence.

Social Equity.  High-performance schools with middle grades are socially equitable, democratic, and fair.  They provide every student with high-quality teachers, resources, learning opportunities, and supports.  They keep positive options open for all students. 

Organizational Structures and Processes.  High-performing schools with middle grades are learning organizations that establish norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and sustain their trajectory toward excellence.

A School to Watch School is a school that is conscientiously moving to meet fully the nationally endorsed criteria for high-performing middle schools, one that has made marked progress in meeting all of the criteria, including measurable gains in the academic achievement of all students over time.

In addition, Park City High School achieved secondary accreditation in 2021 and Treasure Mountain was recognized for its accreditation in 2022.


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Ecker Hill Nombrada Escuela Nacional Para Vigilar 

PARK CITY, UT (27 de junio de 2022) – Ecker Hill Middle School ha logró su tercera redesignación como National Schools To Watch. 

¿Qué significa ser una escuela para la Escuela para mirar? Escuela Nacional Para Vigilar  busca reconocer escuelas de grados intermedios diversas, de alto rendimiento y orientadas al crecimiento para demostrar lo que todas las escuelas de grados intermedios son capaces de lograr. 

Escuelas para observar Las escuelas son escuelas que demuestran:

Excelencia académica. Las escuelas de alto rendimiento con grados intermedios son académicamente excelentes. Retan a todos los estudiantes a usar bien sus mentes.

Capacidad de respuesta del desarrollo. Las escuelas de alto rendimiento con grados intermedios son sensibles a los desafíos de desarrollo únicos de la adolescencia temprana.

Igualdad Social. Las escuelas de alto rendimiento con grados intermedios son socialmente equitativas, democráticas y justas. Brindan a cada estudiante maestros, recursos, oportunidades de aprendizaje y apoyos de alta calidad. Mantienen opciones positivas abiertas para todos los estudiantes. 

Estructuras y Procesos Organizacionales. Las escuelas de alto rendimiento con grados intermedios son organizaciones de aprendizaje que establecen normas, estructuras y arreglos organizacionales para apoyar y sostener su trayectoria hacia la excelencia.

Una escuela para observar es una escuela que se está moviendo concienzudamente para cumplir plenamente con los criterios aprobados a nivel nacional para las escuelas intermedias de alto rendimiento, una escuela que ha logrado un progreso notable en el cumplimiento de todos los criterios, incluidas las ganancias mensurables en el rendimiento académico de todos los estudiantes durante tiempo.

Además, Park City High School logró la acreditación secundaria en 2021 y Treasure Mountain fue reconocida por su acreditación en 2022.

PCSD Administrative Changes SY 22-23


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PCSD Administrative Changes SY 22-23

PARK CITY, UT (June 22, 2022) – Jack Welch once stated, “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. Park City School District is pleased to announce three administrative changes that will allow these leaders to have success in growing colleagues and students. In an organization, one leadership shift can create a domino effect, as is the case that facilitated these changes.

Tracy Fike is joining Trailside Elementary, as she begins her 11th year within the Park City School District, as the next principal. She has served in various roles throughout the district from teacher to a school administrator, most recently as an assistant principal at Park City High School from 2019-2022. Prior to the high school, she served as an assistant principal at Ecker Hill Middle school and was interim principal at Parley’s Park Elementary in 2018. Mrs. Fike is a licensed elementary teacher who specialized in reading intervention while teaching at Ecker Hill and implemented the district’s first Makerspace at Parley’s Park while in the instructional technology coach role. Mrs. Fike holds two master’s degrees in instructional leadership and business administration along with a Bachelor of Arts. Her variety of experiences and roles within the Park City School District will bring a wealth of knowledge and relationships to the Trailside community. Mrs. Fike resides in Park City with her husband and two children and can often be found out on the trails with her dog or running her kids around to local activities. 

Robert Beverly Edmiston Jr., better known as Mr. Ed has over 30 years of experience as a public educator. He requested the opportunity to be an inaugural associate principal at Park City High School to fill the vacancy of Mrs. Fike. Mr. Ed earned his English Literature and Teaching degrees from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, his adventurous path has provided a wide range of opportunities spanning from being a kindergarten teacher, to a high school teacher, to a high school assistant principal and an elementary principal. He is well known for his passionate leadership as the principal of McPolin Elementary School in Park City, Utah. When he is not at school giving high fives to students, while calling each one by their name, he can be found on a mountain attached to skis or a mountain bike. 

Mr. Ed’s drive towards impacting student success was recognized in 1999-2000 when he was honored as the Summit County Teacher of the Year. He has also led instructional leadership professional development around the state for other administrators, which led to a published article in the March 2010 issue of Special Educator magazine. The article, titled If you Expect it, Inspect it! Observations from Principal Walk-Throughs stresses his belief in the importance of instructional leaders being present. Not only does he believe in modeling actions of a strong leader in his school, his bigger mission is to advocate for high-quality public education for all families and students regardless of their background, ethnicity, gender, or most importantly, income.

Angie Dufner recently completed her 24th year in education and is thrilled to be named the new principal for McPolin Elementary School.  She started her career teaching in Chicago for 11 years and then she and her husband moved their three children to Park City Utah. Ms. Dufner began teaching in our district at Parley’s Park Elementary as a Dual Immersion Teacher. After 8 years, she went to McPolin Elementary and spent four years as a Title 1 Teacher, Interventionist and MTSS Coordinator. She briefly left Park City School District last year to be the Assistant Principal and Interim Principal of a Title 1 elementary school in the Salt Lake City District. She is excited to be returning to Park City as the Principal of McPolin Elementary. As an educator, former McPolin team member and resident of Park City she is very invested in continuing to make our district the top in the state. In her downtime she loves to trail run, read, and spend time hiking with her dogs. 

Superintendent Gildea and the Board of Education are excited to welcome these three capable and experienced leaders in their new roles. We look forward to the many things they will accomplish and value their commitment to inspire and support all students equitably to achieve their academic and social potential



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Cambios administrativos de PCSD SY 22-23

PARK CITY, UT (22 de junio de 2022) – El Sr. Jack Welch dijo una vez: “Antes usted es un líder, el éxito se trata de crecer usted mismo. Cuando te conviertes en un líder, el éxito se trata de hacer crecer a los demás. El Distrito Escolar de Park City se complace en anunciar tres cambios administrativos que permitirán que estos líderes tengan éxito en el crecimiento de colegas y estudiantes. En una organización, un cambio de liderazgo puede crear un efecto dominó, como es el caso que facilitó estos cambios.

Tracy Fike se unirá a Trailside Elementary, ya que comienza su undécimo año dentro del Distrito Escolar de Park City, como la próxima directora. Se ha desempeñado en varios roles en todo el distrito, desde maestra hasta administradora escolar, más recientemente como subdirectora en Park City High School de 2019-2022. Antes de la escuela secundaria, se desempeñó como subdirectora en la escuela secundaria Ecker Hill y fue directora interina en la escuela primaria Parley’s Park en 2018. La Sra. Fike es una maestra de primaria con licencia que se especializó en intervención de lectura mientras enseñaba en Ecker Hill e implementó el programa del distrito. primer Makerspace en Parley’s Park mientras desempeñaba el papel de entrenador de tecnología educativa. La Sra. Fike tiene dos maestrías en liderazgo educativo y administración de empresas junto con una licenciatura en artes. Su variedad de experiencias y roles dentro del Distrito Escolar de Park City traerá una gran cantidad de conocimientos y relaciones a la comunidad de Trailside. La Sra. Fike vive en Park City con su esposo y sus dos hijos y, a menudo, se la puede encontrar en los senderos con su perro o llevando a sus hijos a las actividades locales. 

Robert Beverly Edmiston Jr., mejor conocido como Mr. Ed, tiene más de 30 años de experiencia como educador público. Solicitó la oportunidad de ser director asociado inaugural en la Escuela Secundaria Park City para llenar la vacante de la Sra. Fike. El Sr. Ed obtuvo sus títulos en Literatura Inglesa y Enseñanza de la Universidad de Mansfield en Pensilvania, su camino aventurero le ha brindado una amplia gama de oportunidades que van desde ser maestro de jardín de infantes, maestro de escuela secundaria, asistente de director de escuela secundaria y director de escuela primaria. Es bien conocido por su liderazgo apasionado como director de la Escuela Primaria McPolin en Park City, Utah. Cuando no está en la escuela chocando los cinco con los alumnos, mientras llama a cada uno por su nombre, se le puede encontrar en una montaña atado a unos esquís oa una bicicleta de montaña. 

El impulso del Sr. Ed para impactar el éxito de los estudiantes fue reconocido en 1999-2000 cuando fue honrado como el Maestro del Año del Condado de Summit. También ha dirigido el desarrollo profesional de liderazgo instructivo en todo el estado para otros administradores, lo que llevó a la publicación de un artículo en la edición de marzo de 2010 de la revista Special Educator. El artículo, titulado ¡Si lo espera, inspecciónelo! Observaciones de Principal Walk-Throughs, enfatiza su creencia en la importancia de que los líderes educativos estén presentes. No solo cree en modelar las acciones de un líder fuerte en su escuela, su misión más grande es abogar por una educación pública de alta calidad para todas las familias y estudiantes, independientemente de su origen, etnia, género o, lo que es más importante, sus ingresos.

Angie Dufner completó recientemente su vigésimo cuarto año en educación y está encantada de ser nombrada nueva directora de la Escuela Primaria McPolin. Comenzó su carrera docente en Chicago durante 11 años y luego ella y su esposo se mudaron con sus tres hijos a Park City, Utah. La Sra. Dufner comenzó a enseñar en nuestro distrito en Parley’s Park Elementary como maestra de doble inmersión. Después de 8 años, fue a la escuela primaria McPolin y pasó cuatro años como maestra de Título 1, intervencionista y coordinadora de MTSS. Dejó brevemente el distrito escolar de Park City el año pasado para ser subdirectora y directora interina de una escuela primaria de Título 1 en el distrito de Salt Lake City. Está emocionada de regresar a Park City como directora de la escuela primaria McPolin. Como educadora, ex miembro del equipo de McPolin y residente de Park City, está muy interesada en continuar haciendo que nuestro distrito sea el mejor del estado. En su tiempo libre, le encanta correr, leer y pasar el tiempo caminando con sus perros. 

La superintendente Gildea y la Junta de Educación se complacen en dar la bienvenida a estos tres líderes capaces y experimentados en sus nuevos roles. Esperamos con ansias las muchas cosas que lograrán y valoramos su compromiso de inspirar y apoyar a todos los estudiantes de manera equitativa para alcanzar su potencial académico y social




For additional information, contact:  Lorie Pearce, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education – (435) 615-0225 or

Park City — “See something, Say something” is a key component of maintaining safety and security throughout our schools and our community.

Earlier on Monday afternoon, when students saw what appeared to be concerning and suspicious social media posts of a fellow student with an air gun in an image along with a filter/image of a bloody face, individuals reported and forwarded those images to the local Park City Police Department for investigation.

Students and adults who saw the post took the correct course of action in forwarding the concern directly to law enforcement.  Park City Police as well as Summit County Sheriff Department launched an immediate investigation, located the minor and parent, verified that the image was of an air soft “look-alike” weapon versus an actual firearm, and successfully concluded the investigation with the full cooperation of those involved. 

When any citizen sees or hears something of concern, a direct report to the SafeUT app or local law enforcement is the preferred course of action.  It is also important NOT to repost concerning images other than to the authorities. 

Additionally, security and police personnel will be present on Park City School District campuses throughout this final week of the 21/22 school year.  Student and staff safety and security is and remains a key priority. 




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Park City — “Ver Algo, Decir Algo” es un componente clave para mantener la seguridad en todas nuestras escuelas y nuestra comunidad.

Más temprano el lunes por la tarde, cuando los estudiantes vieron lo que parecían ser publicaciones preocupantes y sospechosas en las redes sociales de un compañero de estudios con una pistola de aire en una imagen junto con un filtro/imagen de una cara ensangrentada, las personas informaron y enviaron esas imágenes al Park local. Departamento de Policía de la ciudad para la investigación.

Los estudiantes y adultos que vieron la publicación tomaron el curso de acción correcto al enviar la inquietud directamente a la policía. La policía de Park City, así como el Departamento del Sheriff del condado de Summit, iniciaron una investigación inmediata, ubicaron al menor y al padre, verificaron que la imagen era de un arma de aire comprimido “parecida” a un arma de fuego real y concluyeron con éxito la investigación con la cooperación total. de los involucrados. 

Cuando cualquier ciudadano ve o escucha algo preocupante, el curso de acción preferido es un informe directo a la aplicación SafeUT o a la policía local. También es importante NO volver a publicar imágenes que no sean para las autoridades. 

Además, el personal de seguridad y policía estará presente en los campus del Distrito Escolar de Park City durante esta última semana del año escolar 21/22. La seguridad de los estudiantes y el personal es y sigue siendo una prioridad clave. 

Park City Fentanyl Warning


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PARK CITY, UT (May 27, 2022) — The Summit County Sheriff’s Department announced a public safety alert this afternoon, warning the community about an incident that involved locally sold marijuana that was believed to be laced with the dangerous drug Fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is highly potent in micro amounts and can be lethal if ingested.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office implores Summit County residents to not purchase and ingest illegal street drugs. If individuals notice someone having medical complications, seek immediate medical attention.

Community partners, including Park City Fire District and Intermountain Park City Hospital, have been notified of the dangerous drugs found in the community.

The best prevention is talking to your student about never taking any medication that doesn’t come from their doctor.  This includes never taking pills, even from friends.  This is a conversation that can literally save your child’s life. 

Other prevention strategies include:

  1. Open Communication: One of the best ways to protect youth from substances is by having open communication and educating them on the risks of substance use. Listening to them without judging is a critical tool you can provide as their trusted adult.
  2. Look for Changes in Behavior: Look out for changes in behavior, such as irregular eating or sleeping patterns, low energy, general signs of depression or anxiety, unusual irritability, slipping grades, lack of interest in activities they love, and even drastic clothing style changes. Trust your instincts. If you notice a change, ask about it.
  3. Monitor Social Media: Talk to your child and monitor their social media use. The online environment provides platforms for people to sell substances. Substances can be offered by someone met online.

If you think your child is using fentanyl or other opioids, please contact your family physician or your school site counselor. Students and families can also report confidential concerns about substances circulating in the community by submitting an anonymous tip at

Advertencia de fentanilo en Park City


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PARK CITY, UT (27 de mayo de 2022) — El Departamento del Sheriff del Condado de Summit anunció una alerta esta tarde, advirtiendo a la comunidad sobre un incidente que involucró marihuana vendida localmente que se creía que estaba mezclada con la peligrosa droga Fentanyl.

El fentanilo es un opioide sintético que es muy potente en microcantidades y puede ser letal si se ingiere.

La Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Summit implora a los residentes del Condado de Summit que no compren ni ingieren drogas ilegales. Si las personas notan que alguien tiene complicaciones médicas, busque atención médica inmediata.

Los socios de la comunidad, incluido el Distrito de Bomberos de Park City y el Hospital Intermountain Park City, han sido notificados de las drogas peligrosas encontradas en la comunidad.

La mejor prevención es hablar con su estudiante sobre nunca tomar ningún medicamento que no provenga de su médico. Esto incluye nunca tomar pastillas, ni siquiera de amigos. Esta es una conversación que literalmente puede salvar la vida de su hijo. 

Otras estrategias de prevención incluyen:

Comunicación abierta: una de las mejores maneras de proteger a los jóvenes de las sustancias es tener una comunicación abierta y educarlos sobre los riesgos del uso de sustancias. Escucharlos sin juzgarlos es una herramienta fundamental que puedes brindarles como su adulto de confianza.

Busque cambios en el comportamiento: busque cambios en el comportamiento, como patrones irregulares de alimentación o sueño, poca energía, signos generales de depresión o ansiedad, irritabilidad inusual, calificaciones bajas, falta de interés en las actividades que aman e incluso estilo de ropa drástico. cambios. Confía en tus instintos. Si nota un cambio, pregunte al respecto.

Supervise las redes sociales: hable con su hijo y controle su uso de las redes sociales. El entorno en línea proporciona plataformas para que las personas vendan sustancias. Las sustancias pueden ser ofrecidas por alguien conocido en línea.

Si cree que su hijo está usando fentanilo u otros opioides, comuníquese con su médico de familia o con el consejero de su escuela. Los estudiantes y las familias también pueden informar inquietudes confidenciales sobre las sustancias que circulan en la comunidad enviando un aviso anónimo en

Principals Lead with Safety First


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(435) 615-0225

PARK CITY, UT (May 25, 2022) – We are shocked and saddened to hear of the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas. As we work to finish the school year, we want to assure you that the safety and security of our teachers, staff, and students and the learning environment will always be our top priority. 

While there is no immediate threat to our local Park City School District; nonetheless, school administrators worked together to review all safety procedures and safeguards related to entry, egress, and visitor management to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

As a result, there will be an increased police presence at all PCSD schools for the remainder of the school year as well as at our graduation services. Our counselors and resource officers are always ready to assist with any student concerns. Should parents/guardians have questions or concerns, please reach out to any school administrator. If you notice anything unusual, please report it immediately to the Park City Police Department.   

Our thoughts are with Uvalde families, students, teachers, and community during this difficult time.

Directores Escolares Lideran con la Seguridad Primero

PARK CITY, UT (25 de mayo de 2022) – Estamos conmocionados y entristecidos al enterarnos de la Tragedia en Uvalde, Texas. Mientras trabajamos para terminar el año escolar, queremos asegurarles que la seguridad de nuestros maestros, personal y estudiantes y el entorno de aprendizaje siempre serán nuestra principal prioridad. 

Si bien no existe una amenaza inmediata para nuestro distrito escolar local de Park City; no obstante, los administradores escolares trabajaron juntos para revisar todos los procedimientos de seguridad y salvaguardas relacionadas con la entrada, salida y gestión de visitantes para garantizar la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y personal.

Como resultado, habrá una mayor presencia policial en todas las escuelas de PCSD durante el resto del año escolar, así como en nuestros servicios de graduación. Nuestros consejeros y oficiales de recursos siempre están listos para ayudar con cualquier inquietud de los estudiantes. Si los padres/tutores tienen preguntas o inquietudes, comuníquese con cualquier administrador de la escuela. Si nota algo inusual, informe de inmediato al Departamento de Policía de Park City.   

Nuestros pensamientos están con las familias, los estudiantes, los maestros y la comunidad de Uvalde durante este momento difícil.

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. 

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

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


FEMA, Utah DEM Release Inventory of Unreinforced Masonry Public School Buildings

February 10, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – Today, FEMA and the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management (Utah DEM) released an inventory of unreinforced masonry (URM) school buildings in the state. The inventory has been in development over the past decade to support state efforts to identify URM buildings of all types, which are at greater risk of damage in an earthquake compared to buildings constructed under modern building codes.

While this inventory represents a snapshot in time, it sets the stage for the next decade of important work among federal, state and local government and the communities they serve. This report embodies Utah’s vision for a better, stronger future. That future will happen through an orderly and thoughtful process of replacing or retrofitting URM schools and increasing seismic awareness.

The inventory was completed thanks to the collaboration of all 41 public school districts around the state. Through their coordination, we developed a more accurate and comprehensive inventory. Through their efforts, along with public cooperation, and support from the private sector, the inventory has been gradually reduced and will continue to be reduced over time.

Safer Schools Today

Sixty years ago, about 95 percent of schools were URMs. Today, that number is around 12 percent. This represents dramatic improvements to school safety. It also represents important investments by communities that have voted for bonds to rebuild or retrofit schools to mitigate earthquake damage. Utah should be proud of the progress already made. 

Even as recently as Wednesday, we learned that the Alpine School District has completed demolition of the Geneva School. The Provo School District announced that Dixon Middle School is scheduled to be replaced in 2024.

Across Utah, the URM project, conducted over the past decade, identified 119 school campuses statewide with URM construction. Just because a school is on the list, does not mean it is at an imminent risk of collapse. Validating and finalizing the statewide inventory of URM school buildings was the first recommendation and objective in the Wasatch Front Unreinforced Masonry Risk Reduction Strategy, released by FEMA in March 2021.

The inventory will be available for download starting at 11 a.m. on February 10, 2022, at

What project leaders and partners are saying

“The unreinforced masonry school building inventory has been an ongoing project for several years. Through FEMA’s financial support we have been able to work closely with school districts to complete the inventory and finalize the report,” said Kris Hamlet, director of the Utah Division of Emergency Management. “We believe this transparency will help unite communities and identify resources to eventually fix or replace the remaining buildings and ultimately keep our students safer.”

“It is extremely satisfying to see this report published. It has been a long time coming and represents an important step forward in making Utah more resilient to damage from earthquakes,” said Keith Koper, director of the University of Utah Seismograph Stations Director and chair of Utah Seismic Safety Commission. “The collaboration and unity displayed by state agencies, federal agencies, local school districts, and the private sector in producing this report is admirable.”

“Utah has always built a culture of vision, improvement, preparedness, and resilience. This report is the result of an enormous effort from many people who care about earthquake preparedness,” said John Crofts, Utah Division of Emergency Management Earthquake Program Manager. “It is the first step towards increasing earthquake safety in our schools. We hope that this report will support the continued efforts to preserve life, property, and the environment, and to help Utah become an even stronger, more resilient state.” 

What is Unreinforced Masonry?

Unreinforced masonry — construction using brick or block without reinforcing steel or rebar — was common throughout Utah until seismic building codes became more prevalent in the 1970s. Such structures can more easily succumb to the movement and shaking during an earthquake, posing a threat to building occupants as well as individuals outside in close proximity to the structures. There are an estimated 140,000 such structures across the state, which encompass a wide variety of buildings, from individual homes, to businesses, to schools and houses of worship. Modern codes now require masonry construction to include reinforcing steel.

FEMA and the state of Utah recognize the importance of mitigation in reducing exposure to future losses from disasters. The National Mitigation Investment Strategy — published in August 2019 — was developed to help the nation be more intentional about setting resilience and mitigation investment priorities to benefit the whole community. The Wasatch Front Unreinforced Masonry Risk Reduction Strategy was selected as a pilot project for this national effort in recognition of Utah’s acknowledgement of a serious seismic risk and dedication to finding solutions. Both the URM school inventory and the Wasatch Front Unreinforced Masonry Risk Reduction Strategy are available publicly at



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Sterling Scholars


PARK CITY, UT  (February 1, 2022) –  Park City High School recently selected the Class of 2022 Sterling Scholars. The Sterling Scholar award goes to high school graduating seniors, throughout the state of Utah, who have demonstrated excellence in one of 16 categories during their high school career. Founded by Steve Hale, reporter for the Deseret  News, in 1962, the title Sterling Scholar was chosen to mean excellence in scholarship and distinguishing oneself in academics. 

This year’s winners are: 

  • Jessica Sutherland – Vocal Performance 
  • Debbie Hsu – General 
  • Kate Kehoe – Social Science
  • Zerin Robertson – Computer Technology
  • Jamie Forchic – Visual Art
  • Mira Terry – Skilled & Tech. Education
  • Kate Beal – English 
  • Noam Levinsky – Debate 
  • Abby Miller – Family/Consumer Science
  • Zane Jensen – Instrumental Performance
  • Lizzie Richardson – Dance 
  • John Trahan – World Language
  • Jack Goodman – Math
  • Jude Trahan – Business / Marketing
  • Ryan Skidmore – Science
  • Tyler Peabody – Ag. Science

Student awardees are recognized for their extraordinary academic achievement, leadership and participation in community service opportunities through their Utah public high schools. 

The selected PCSD students will compete in the Northeast Regional Competition against other Utah high school students on Monday, March 21st; the winners will be announced in an online award ceremony on the evening of March 28.