Feb. 6, 2017 | Work Session
Oath of Office
Newly appointed board member Erin Grady was given the Oath of Office by Business Administrator Todd Hauber. The board appointed Grady to fill the vacancy in District 5 after Julie Eihausen resigned.
School Board Filing
The filing period for three school board seats runs March 9 at 8 a.m. to March 15 at 5 p.m. Seats are open in Districts 1, 4, and 5. Those interested in running for the board must appear in person at the Summit County Clerk’s Office to file. The Primary Election is June 25 and the General Election is Nov. 6.
Preliminary Budget Discussion
Superintendent Ember Conley said the FY19 budget is built around three priorities: bring the district back to full staffing after the 2008 recession, focus on Professional Learning Communities, and provide student support for the Whole Child (safe, supported, engaged, challenged, and healthy).
The board reviewed a preliminary budget with new items including such positions as: an elementary curriculum director, four Tier 3 interventionists, a high school academic coach, an additional nurse, school social work counselors, an additional Latino outreach aide, translation service, three additional special education teachers, additional bus drivers and a mechanic if the board moves to a two-tier transportation system, an executive director of Human Resources to address succession planning for retiring veteran HR Associate Superintendent, and additional DLI teachers at the high school and junior high. In addition to the proposed staff, the contracted compensation agreements for FY19 amount to $1.2 million.
The board is also considering whether to add one assistant principal at each school so principals have more time to devote to instructional leadership in their schools. The Board also thinks it may want to wait until a new superintendent is selected and allow him/her to offer their input on the issue.
The preliminary net tax increase would be $5.7 million. The estimated annual impact on primary residential would be $141. The estimated annual impact on a secondary/commercial would be $257.
Board members expressed concern about having the right systems in place to properly onboard new employees. Some board members feel new positions should not be added until a process is in place to train new staff.
The board retained the Salt Lake City firm of Lewis, Young, Robertson & Burningham, Inc., to conduct a demographic survey. The study included the following:
–2,349 new dwelling units in the school district boundaries in the next 10 years
– 476 new students from proposed developments by 2027
– The largest increase of students by 2027 will be within the Trailside boundaries with 217; McPolin boundaries, 91; Jeremy Ranch boundaries, 84; and Parley’s Park boundaries, 84,
–A scenario using natural growth and new development projections estimates a total of 716 new students in the next decade.
The complete study can be viewed here.
Cell Tower Update
The board was shown what proposed cell towers would look like on the top and back of the Eccles Center. The board asked the district to proceed with determining monthly lease revenues with the cell phone company.