The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) has recognized Park City School District for excellence in budget presentation with the prestigious Pathway to the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for the 2019–20 budget year. The budget is prepared annually by Business Administrator Todd Hauber.
ASBO International’s MBA and Pathway to the MBA promote and recognize best budget presentation practices in school districts. Participants submit their applications and budget documents to a panel of school financial professionals who review the materials for compliance with the MBA Criteria Checklist and other requirements and provide expert feedback that districts can use to improve their budget documents.
Districts that successfully demonstrate they have met the necessary program requirements may earn either the MBA or Pathway to the MBA, an introductory program that allows districts to ease into full MBA compliance.
“Districts that apply to the MBA or Pathway to the MBA programs recognize the importance of presenting a quality, easy-to-understand budget internally and to the community,” ASBO International Executive Director David J. Lewis explains. “Participating in the MBA and Pathway programs provides districts with important tools and resources they need to communicate the district’s goals and objectives clearly and illustrates their commitment to adhering to nationally recognized budget presentation standards.”
Founded in 1910, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is a nonprofit organization that, through its members and affiliates, represents approximately 30,000 school business professionals worldwide.
As some in our community know, Park City School District has
recently received a demand letter from Solon Law and the Pacific Justice
Institute regarding the use of the Welcoming Schools program at Trailside
Elementary School. This
professional learning program provides educators with information on how to
address bullying situations or exclusionary behaviors with our students.
While the District’s attorneys will be substantively responding to
that communication in due course, we want to inform the community regarding our
perspective on the issues and attempt to correct some of the misinformation
that appears to be floating around in the community.
First and foremost, the mission of Park City School District is to
inspire and support ALL students EQUITABLY to achieve their academic and social
potential. All Park City schools are working toward creating an inclusive
environment for all families. Positive school culture is essential in welcoming
all students and families to participate and feel a sense of belonging within
The District as a whole is also working to comply with applicable
Utah statutes and Utah State Board of Education administrative rules regarding
bullying policies and staff training. Specifically, Rule 277-613-1 requires
school districts to “develop, update, and implement bullying, cyber-bullying,
hazing, retaliation, and abusive conduct policies at the school district and
school level.” Similarly, R277-613-4 requires school districts to provide
training that includes information on various types of bullying, including
“bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, and retaliation based upon the students’ or
employees’ actual or perceived characteristics, including race, color, national
origin, sex, disability, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or
other physical or mental attributes or conformance or failure to conform with
It is our belief that the use of the Welcoming Schools program for professional development is consistent with this mandate. Trailside Elementary teachers are being trained this year in a way that prepares them to have the appropriate tools to provide a safe, optimal and equitable learning environment for their students. So far this year, teachers have received 3 hours of professional development training using the Welcoming Schools program. That training was delivered by Holly Bell, Equity and Advocacy Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education. The professional development module was entitled “Embracing Family Diversity” and the goal is to equip educators with the tools to be able to answer questions from students and families about the importance of welcoming all families in our diverse school community. Written training materials provided to our staff in connection with that module are available for review.
We would be in grave violation of our
duties as public educators and school leaders if we did not strive to prepare
our teachers to teach not only the academic portion of the curriculum, but also
to address and support the social and emotional growth and development of our
diverse student body while at school. In choosing to send your child to Park
City School District, you should expect nothing less of us. The Welcoming
Schools program is only one small piece of this huge responsibility that we
share with parents.
When questions started to be raised about the program, and even
before the receipt of the demand letter at issue, we committed to looking at
the implementation of the program to see if we could assuage the concerns that
have been brought to our attention. While we do not believe that the program
teaches sex education in any way that violates state law or otherwise violates
the rights of members of our community, we will further examine this issue
Even though the arguments set forth in the demand letter may be
extremely emotional to many members of our community on both sides of the
issue, we hope and expect that patrons and other community members will model
the values we try to instill in our students: respect, honesty, and integrity
in their communications. We also want to remind the community that pursuant to
the same state law and District policy that requires us to implement
anti-bullying policies and training, our employees may not be subjected to, and
we will not tolerate, “abusive conduct”, meaning verbal, nonverbal, or physical
conduct that a reasonable person would determine is intended to cause
intimidation, humiliation or unwarranted distress.
Finally, we hope that our community will appreciate that the primary obligation of our teachers is to focus on their important work within the classroom. This means that community members who wish to make their opinions known regarding these issues should address their concerns not to classroom teachers or individual school counselors and administrators, but to the Superintendent and elected members of the Board of Education. Ultimately, the Board of Education, in consultation with the Superintendent, Cabinet, and legal counsel, will decide on the appropriate response to the demands that have been made. Thank you for reading and for your continued involvement in the education of our community’s most precious resource, our children.
personas de nuestra comunidad conocen, el Distrito Escolar de Park City ha
recibido recientemente una carta de demanda de las oficinas de Solon Law y del
Pacific Justice Institute con respecto al uso del programa Escolar de
Bienvenida en la Escuela Elemental Trailside. Este programa de aprendizaje
profesional proporciona a los educadores información sobre cómo abordar
situaciones de acoso escolar o comportamientos excluyentes con nuestros
Si bien los abogados
del Distrito responderán sustancialmente a esa comunicación a su debido tiempo,
queremos informar a la comunidad sobre nuestra perspectiva sobre los problemas
e intentar corregir parte de la información errónea que parece estar girando en
Primero y lo más
importante, la misión del Distrito Escolar de Park City es inspirar y apoyar a
TODOS los estudiantes de manera EQUITATIVA para que alcancen su potencial
académico y social. Todas las escuelas de Park City están trabajando para crear
un ambiente inclusivo para todas las familias. Una cultura escolar positiva es
esencial para dar la bienvenida a todos los estudiantes y familias y que estos
participen y tengan un sentido de pertenencia en las escuelas.
El Distrito en su
conjunto esta también trabajando para cumplir con los estatutos de Utah que son
aplicables y las reglas administrativas de la Junta de Educación del Estado de
Utah con respecto a las políticas de intimidación y la capacitación del
personal. Específicamente, la Regla
277-613-1 requiere que los distritos escolares “desarrollen, actualicen e
implementen políticas de intimidación, hostigamiento cibernético, burlas,
represalias y conductas abusivas a nivel del distrito escolar y de las escuelas.”
Del mismo modo, la R277-613-4 requiere que los distritos escolares brinden
capacitación que incluya información sobre varios tipos de acoso escolar,
incluyendo “hostigamiento escolar, acoso cibernético, burlas y represalias
basadas en las características reales o percibidas de los estudiantes o
empleados, incluyendo raza, color, nacionalidad de origen, sexo, discapacidad,
religión, identidad de género, orientación sexual, atributos físicos o mentales, o conformidad o inconformidad
de los estereotipos.”
Creemos que el uso
del programa Escolar de Bienvenida para el desarrollo profesional es
consistente con este mandato. Los maestros de la Escuela Primaria Trailside
están siendo entrenados este año de una manera que los prepara para tener las
herramientas apropiadas para proporcionar un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro,
óptimo y equitativo para sus estudiantes. En lo que va del año, los maestros
han recibido 1.5 horas de capacitación en desarrollo profesional utilizando el
programa Escolar de Bienvenida. Esa capacitación fue impartida por Holly Bell, especialista
en equidad y defensa de la Junta de Educación del Estado de Utah. El módulo de
desarrollo profesional se tituló “Abrazando la diversidad familiar” y el
objetivo es equipar a los educadores con las herramientas para que puedan
responder preguntas de los estudiantes y las familias sobre la importancia de
dar la bienvenida a todas las familias en nuestra diversa comunidad escolar.
Los materiales de capacitación escritos, proporcionados a nuestro personal en
relación con ese modulo, están disponibles para su revisión.
Estaríamos en grave
violación de nuestros deberes como educadores públicos y líderes escolares si
no nos esforzaríamos por preparar a nuestros maestros para enseñar no solo la
parte académica del plan de estudios, sino también para abordar y apoyar el
crecimiento y desarrollo social y emocional de nuestro diverso alumnado en las
escuelas. Al elegir enviar a su hijo (a) al Distrito Escolar de Park City, es
lo menos que debe esperar de nosotros. El programa de Bienvenida de Escuelas es
solo una pequeña parte de esta enorme responsabilidad que compartimos con los
A pesar de que los
argumentos establecidos en la carta de demanda pueden ser extremadamente
emotivos para muchos miembros de nuestra comunidad en ambos lados del problema,
esperamos que los involucrados y otros miembros de la comunidad modelen los
valores que intentamos inculcar en nuestros estudiantes: respeto, honestidad e
integridad en sus comunicaciones. También queremos recordarle a la comunidad
que, de conformidad con la misma ley estatal y la política del Distrito que nos
obliga a implementar políticas y capacitación contra el acoso escolar, nuestros
empleados no pueden ser sometidos, y no toleraremos, “conducta abusiva”, es
decir, verbal, no verbal, o física hacia ellos, que una persona razonable
determinaría que tiene la intención de causar intimidación, humillación o
Finalmente, esperamos que nuestra comunidad
aprecie que la obligación principal de nuestros maestros es enfocarse en su
importante trabajo dentro de las aulas. Esto significa que los miembros de la
comunidad que deseen dar a conocer sus opiniones con respecto a estos temas
deben dirigir sus inquietudes no a los maestros de la clase, o a consejeros o
administradores individualmente, sino a la Superintendente y a los miembros
elegidos de la Junta de Educación. Finalmente, la Junta de Educación, en
consulta con la Superintendente, el Gabinete y el asesor legal, decidirá la
respuesta adecuada a las demandas que se han formulado. Gracias por leer esta
carta y por su continua participación en la educación del recurso más apreciado
de nuestra comunidad, nuestros niños.
Student representative on the board, Mimi Luna, reported the school year has been off to a great start. The students held their first-ever Community Yard Sale and funds will be allocated for the Student Pantry and Student Council Coat Drive. She reminded the board that this week is Homecoming Week, complete with the first-ever Homecoming Parade, bonfire, tailgate, dance, and game against Stansbury High on Friday. Students are working on raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project as part of its community outreach effort in partnership with the Students Serving Soldiers Club. Their goal is to donate 3-5% of their revenue (from merchandise sales and activities) to a different community charity after each event.
John Hall, representing the Park City Education Association, said the association’s objective is to meet the needs of members, create a vision for PCEA, increase the value of the teaching profession, and become a reliable resource for the district. He said PCEA is creating a plan that will have three areas of focus for this academic year. Hall said some of the areas PCEA is considering include teacher retention, professional development, teacher wellness, and building relationships of trust. The association will use state professional standards, best practices, and research as it creates strategies related to its areas of focus.
Chief Academic Officer Report
Dr. Amy Hunt said her first month in the district has been focused on listening and learning, assessing teaching, instruction needs, and establishing priorities and outcomes. Her ultimate objective is to align curriculum and instruction throughout the district. Dr. Hunt has assembled a task force that is creating a handbook that aligns the implementation of standards-based instruction.
Chief Operations Officer Report
Mike Tanner provided the board with construction projects updates and said things are running smoothly at the start of a new school year. He said finding substitute bus drivers continues to be a challenge and the district is increasing its efforts to find drivers. The district’s safety/security committee held its first meeting Tuesday morning with representation from across the district, law enforcement, city and county officials.
Dr. Jill Gildea reported that parents have been sent emergency communications procedures in light of two recent items at schools. She invited the board and the community to attend the master planning roundtables Sept. 23-24, and an interactive community forum on Oct. 1. Dr. Gildea asked the community to stay engaged in the Future of Learning process. Superintendent Gildea’s September letter to the community is now available here.
Master Planning Update
Following 11 months of work that involved students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members, the district has received the final versions of education specifications, the facility master plan, and the analysis of existing buildings. From now until December, task forces will be working on answering these three questions:
– Does PCSD want to offer universal Pre-K and how should this be approached?
– Is there a preferred elementary/middle school option and can any of the configurations/options be eliminated?
– How extensive should the high school renovation be and how should the 9th grade be integrated?
The Master Facility Plan offers these recommendations:
Early Learning (Hybrid Approach)
– Maintain current elementary-school based Pre-K capacity at JRES, PPES and TSES with remodels/additions as required
– Construct Early Learning Center on Kearns Campus to address local students and additional capacity/potential universal Pre-K
– Coordinate with community partners for potential wrap-around services
Elementary Schools (K-5)
– Maintain current locations, boundaries and class sizes with additions to JRES, PPES and TSES
– Relocate McPolin Elementary on the eastern edge of Kearns Campus to address Kearns campus limitations
Middle School (6-8)One Middle School vs. Two Middle Schools
– One Middle School (1,350 enrollment) – Expand EHMS with a 6th grade academy
– Two Middle Schools (~700 enrollment each)
– Update EHMS to address current needs
–Build a second Middle School on Kearns or in another location
– Explore speciality school opportunities for middle school students
High School (9-12)
– Expand PCHS (from 1,250 to 1,850); community prefers one high school instead of two
– Classroom wing vs Specialty facility
– Classroom wing – 9th grade learning environment
– Remodel existing building
– Specialty facility (STEM, etc.) to accommodate 600 students (9-12)
During the 2019-20 school year, the district will focus on the following actions (see chart below).
– Chuck Klingenstein said he is hopeful that this master plan is the community’s plan. He encouraged the board to use the Steering Committee to champion the final recommendations.
– Ali Ziesler said the district is listening to the community and said master planning efforts have been built on trust. She thanked the board for allowing community input throughout the process.
Resumen de la Junta Directiva- Septiembre 17, 2019
La representante estudiantil de la junta, Mimi
Luna, informó que el año escolar ha tenido un excelente comienzo. Los
estudiantes realizaron por primera vez una venta de patio comunitario y las
ganancias serán utilizadas para la despensa de los estudiantes y la Obra de Abrigo
del Consejo Estudiantil. Ella le recordó a la Junta que esta semana es la
Semana de Bienvenida, la que por primera vez tendrá un Desfile de Bienvenida, hogueras,
celebración previa al juego de foot-ball, baile, y el juego contra Stansburry
High el Viernes. Los estudiantes están dedicados en recolectar dinero
conjuntamente con el Students Serving Soldiers Club (Club de Estudiantes
Sirviendo a los Soldados) para el Wounded Warrior Project como parte del
esfuerzo de alcance comunitario. La meta es donar 3-5% de los ingresos (de
venta de mercaderías y actividades) después de cada evento a diferentes obras
de caridad comunitaria.
John Hall, representando al Park City
Education Association (Asociación para la Educación), expresó que la meta de la
asociación es satisfacer las necesidades de los miembros, crear una visión para
el PCEA, incrementar el mérito del magisterio, y convertirse en un recurso de
confianza/seguro para el distrito. Él dijo que PCEA está creando para este año
académico un plan que tendrá tres áreas de enfoque. El Sr. Hall sostuvo que
algunas de las áreas PCEA está considerando incluye retención de maestros,
desarrollo profesional, bienestar de los maestros, y construir relaciones
confiables. La asociación usará estándares
profesionales estatales, prácticas confiables, he investigará a medida que crea
estrategias relacionadas con sus áreas de enfoque.
del Jefe de Operaciones Académico
La Dra. Amy Hunt dijo que su primer mes en el
distrito ha estado enfocado en escuchar y aprender, evaluar maestros,
necesidades en la instrucción, y establecer prioridades y resultados. Su
objetivo final es alinear planes de estudios e instrucción en todo el distrito.
La Dra. Hunt ha formado un grupo de trabajo que está creando un manual que alinea
la implementación de la instrucción basada en estándares.
del Jefe de Operaciones
Mike Tanner proporcionó a la junta actualizaciones
sobre los proyectos de construcción y dijo que todo está funcionando sin
problemas al comienzo del nuevo año escolar. Él dijo que encontrar substitutos
para los conductores de buses continúa siendo difícil y que el distrito está
incrementando los esfuerzos para encontrar conductores. El comité de seguridad
del distrito celebró su primera reunión el Martes por la mañana con
representantes de todo el distrito, agentes de la ley, funcionarios de la
ciudad y del condado.
de la Superintendente
La Dra. Jill Gildea informó que a los padres
se les ha enviado procedimientos de comunicación de emergencia debido a dos
incidentes recientes que no fueron de emergencia en las escuelas. Ella invito a
la junta y a la comunidad a que asistan a la mesa redonda de planificación
Septiembre 23-24, y a un foro comunitario en Octubre 1. La Dra. Gildea pidió a
la comunidad que permanezca comprometida con el futuro del proceso de
sobre la Planificación Maestra
Luego de 11 meses de trabajo que involucro
estudiantes, maestros, administradores, padres y miembros de la comunidad, el
distrito ha recibido la versión final sobre especificaciones educativas, el
plan de distribución de instalaciones, y el análisis de edificios existentes.
Desde ahora hasta Diciembre, los equipos de trabajo estarán ocupados para
responder a estas tres preguntas:
¿Quiere el PCSD ofrecer
Pre-Escolar universal y se debe tratar esto?
¿Existe una opción preferida de
escuela primaria/intermedia y se puede eliminar cualquiera de las
¿Que extensa debe ser la
renovación de la escuela superior y como debería integrarse el 9no grado?
El Plan Maestro de Instalaciones ofrece las
Temprano (Enfoque Hibrido)
Mantener la capacidad actual de Pre-K en las escuelas elementales JRES, PPES, y TSES con las remodelaciones/adiciones que se requieran.
-Construir un Centro de Aprendizaje Temprano en el Campo de Kerns dirigido a estudiantes locales y para adicional capacidad/potencial del pre-K universal.
-Coordinar con socios de la comunidad para posibles servicios integrales.
Mantener la ubicación actual,
límites y tamaños de clases con adiciones en JRES, PPES, y TSES.
Relocalizar la Escuela Elemental
McPolin en el borde este del campus de Kearns para enfocar el problema de las
limitaciones del campus de Kearns.
Una Escuela Intermedia en vez de
Dos Escuelas Intermedias.
Una Escuela intermedia (1,350
inscripciones)- Expandir EHMS con un 6to grado.
Dos Escuelas Intermedias (~700
inscritos en cada una).
Actualizar EHMS para abordar las
Construir una segunda Escuela
Intermedia en Kearns o en otro lugar.
Explorar oportunidades escolares
especiales para estudiantes de Escuelas Intermedias.
Expandir PCHS (de 1,250 a 1,850)-
la comunidad prefiere una escuela superior en lugar de dos.
Un ala del aula en vez de una
Ala de la clase- 9no grado
ambiente de Aprendizaje.
Remodelar el edificio existente.
Instalaciones para especialidades
(STEM, y otros) para acomodar 600 estudiantes (9-12).
Durante en año escolar 2019-20, el distrito se
enfocará en lo siguiente (ver grafico debajo)
Chuck Klingenstein expresó que él
tiene la esperanza de que este plan maestro sea el plan de la comunidad. El
anima a la junta a valerse del comité directivo para alcanzar con éxito las
Ali Ziesler dijo que el distrito está
escuchando a la comunidad y que los esfuerzos de planificación maestra se han
basado en la confianza. Ella agradeció a la junta por permitir la participación
de la comunidad durante el proceso.
Superintendent Jill Gildea reported a successful start to the 2019-20 school year. She introduced Dr. Amy Hunt, the district’s new Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Hunt has experience as a science and math teacher, high school assistant principal, middle school principal, executive director of Human Resources and Pupil Services in California districts, and has leadership in adult education in Utah’s Granite School District. Superintendent Gildea said Dr. Hunt has great insight and the ability to assess how the district can improve instruction and student learning. Prior to the start of each board meeting this year, the Superintendent features honors and achievements from throughout the district.
Chief Operations Officer Michael Tanner commended Todd Hansen, director of buildings and grounds, and his team on completing multiple major projects this summer. He reported the district’s Safety/Security Committee will meet throughout the year and one of the first topics of discussion will be how to better secure the Park City High campus. Mr. Tanner reminded the board that school will be enforcing visitor check-in protocol at all elementary schools, Ecker Hill Middle and Treasure Mountain Junior High. Parents need to bring a proper ID, have it scanned, and receive a name badge before entering those schools.
Julie Hooker, Park City Education Association co-president, said educators are looking forward to the new school year. She thanked the Superintendent for an outstanding back-to-school convocation that left teachers feeling energized. She said the Convocation speaker Thomas Murray inspired teachers and reminded them how much they love what they do. She commended the district on the new teacher hires and the orientation they received this past week. Ms. Hooker said the teacher shortage is a concern and the district is in a unique position to ensure recruitment and retention of highly qualified educators. She expressed concern over some large class sizes at the high school this semester and the importance of teachers having too many students to build meaningful relationships with each of them.
2020-21 Calendar Approved
The board approved the 2020-21 school calendar. The calendar can be viewed here.
The board approved Policy 1100 —Title 1 Parent Engagement, and Policy 4006:—Cash Management.
Following the regular business meeting, the board held its Truth-in-Taxation hearing.
Business Administrator Todd Hauber presented the FY19 Revised Budget, FY20 Adopted Budget, and proposed tax rates. The tax increase amounts to $3 per $100,000 value of a residential home, and $5 per $100,000 value of a business or second home owner. The board approved the FY19 Revised Budget, FY20 Budget, and certified tax rates.
The Truth-in-Taxation hearing presentation can be viewed here.
The adopted and final FY20 budget can be viewed here.
Informe de la Superintendente
La Superintendente Jill Gildea reportó
un comienzo exitoso del año escolar 2019-20. Ella introdujo a la Doctora Amy
Hunt, la nueva Directora Académica del distrito. La Doctora Hunt posee
experiencia como profesora de ciencias y matemáticas, subdirectora de escuela
secundaria, directora de escuela intermedia, directora ejecutiva de Recursos
Humanos y Servicios para alumnos en distritos de California, y liderazgo en
educación de adultos en el Distrito Escolar Granite de Utah. La Superintendente
Gildea expresó que la Doctora Hunt posee gran capacidad de comprender y evaluar
como el distrito puede mejorar la enseñanza y el aprendizaje de los
estudiantes. Este año antes de empezar cada reunión de una junta directiva, la
superintendente presentará honores y logros del distrito.
El Jefe de
Operaciones Michael Tanner, elogió al director de mantenimiento Todd Hansen de premisas/instalaciones
y a su equipo por completar este verano múltiples proyectos importantes. El Jefe de Operaciones informó que el Comité
de Seguridad del distrito se reunirá durante todo el año y uno de los primeros
temas a tratarse será como asegurar mejor el campo de la escuela Park City
High. El Sr. Tanner le recordó a la Junta Directiva que las escuelas aplicarán
el protocolo de registros de visitantes en todas las escuelas primarias, y las
escuelas intermedias Ecker Hill y Treasure Mountain. Los padres deberán presentar
una identificación válida, la que se escaneará, y recibirán una tarjeta de
identificación antes de poder ingresar a esas escuelas.
Reporte de PCEA
Julie Hooker, copresidenta
de la Asociación Educativa de Park City, expresó que los educadores esperan con
entusiasmo el nuevo año escolar. Ella agradeció a la Superintendente por la
excelente convocatoria de regreso-a-la-escuela, la que dejó a los los maestros
motivados. La señora Hooker dijo que el expositor de la convocatoria Thomas
Murray inspiró a los maestros y les recordó cuanto a ellos les gusta lo que
hacen. Ella elogió al distrito por la contratación de nuevos maestros y la
orientación que ellos recibieron la semana anterior. La señora Hooker indicó
que la escasez de maestros es una preocupación y que el distrito está en una
posición privilegiada para garantizar el reclutamiento y retención de
educadores altamente calificados. Ella expresó preocupación sobre la cantidad
de estudiantes en las clases de la escuela superior este semestre y la dificultad
para los maestros teniendo tantos alumnos en lograr una relación significativa
con cada uno de ellos.
2020-21 Aprobación del Calendario
La Junta Directiva aprobó el calendario del año escolar 2020-21. El calendario se puede ver aquí.
La Junta Directiva
aprobó la Regulación 1100- Titulo1 Compromiso de los Padres, y la Regulación
4006: Manejo de dinero Efectivo.
Presentación sobre Veracidad en Impuestos
A continuación de la
reunión regular de negocios, la Junta Directiva sostuvo una presentación sobre veracidad
en los impuestos.
El Administrador de
Negocios Todd Hauber presentó el presupuesto revisado del año fiscal 2019
(FY19), el presupuesto fiscal adoptado del año 2020 (FY20), y las tasas de
impuestos propuestas. El monto de aumento de $3 por cada $100,000 del valor de
una casa residencial, y $5 por cada $100,000 para un dueño de negocio o segunda
vivienda. La Junta Directiva aprobó el presupuesto revisado FY19, el
presupuesto FY20, y las tasas de impuestos certificadas.
La presentación sobre Veracidad en los Impuestos puede ser vista aquí.
Se puede ver el presupuesto fiscal final y adoptado FY20 aquí.
Julie Hooker and Amanda Lawing will serve as co-presidents of the Park City Education Association this coming school year.Hooker commended students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators for their contributions to the Class of 2019. She reminded the board that the single greatest predictor of student success is the relationships that students have with classroom teachers. PCEA looks forward to working with the district to attract and retain the best and brightest teachers. Hooker expressed concern for safety/access at the high school, which was later addressed by Mike Tanner’s safety update.
Master Plan Timeline/Update
Superintendent Gildea reviewed the master planning timeline through the end of 2019:
– July: Meet with city council and host small groups
– August: Update staff and parents at Back-to-School meetings; launch three task force groups (see below)
– September: Host a community forum
– October: Seek additional community feedback via an online survey
– November/December: Create initial drafts of the action and implementation plans
Dr. Gildea reviewed the creation and purposes of three task force groups that will begin work this fall. Task force groups include:
— Early Learning: Provide data, information, and input into the concept of early learning opportunities within Park City School District.
— Secondary School Designs: Consider the 6-12 learner experience and map out the best case scenario work required to examine middle level and secondary level education programming for Park City School District.
—Equity, Access, and Opportunity: Look at ways Park City School District can improve access, equity, and opportunity (realizing PCSD’s mission to inspire and support all students equitably to achieve academic and social potential) throughout the coming year.
Chief Operations Officer Mike Tanner will convene the district’s Safety Committee this fall and involve representation from all stakeholder groups. He is in the process of refining access points at the schools and reviewing security procedures with city and county first responders. Tanner recognized there are good things happening in schools related to safety and security, but safety protocol needs to be articulated system-wide.
Calendar Survey Findings
Dr. Gildea shared the findings of the calendar survey that was taken by more than 1,100 individuals. She was pleased to see that parents and educators agree on the preferred calendar options and that most prefer the calendar the district is currently using.
The survey findings show the majority of respondents favor the following:
– Maintaining current high school start times
– Starting school in late August
– Ending the first semester before Winter Break
– Continuing with a variety of long and short breaks
– Setting a fixed time for Spring Recess (second week of April)
Board members reviewed the 2020-21 tentative calendar and are expected to finalize it during their Aug. 20 meeting.
Policy for Posting
– Policy 10045: Attendance – Grades 8-12
– Policy 7030: Employee Suggestions and Complaints
– Policy 7055: Jury Duty or Witness in Court
– Policy 7060: Sick Leave Bank
– Policy 7090: Substitute Teachers
– Policy 7130: Sick Leave Incentive
– Policy 7150: Contract Status for Newly Hired Classified Employees
– Policy 7155: Classified Staff Promotions and Transfers
– Policy 10001: Bullying
– Treasure Mountain Junior High 9th-grade student Case Schemmer shared the results of a survey he recently conducted with 100 of his TMJH peers on standards-referenced grading.
– Park City High 2018 graduate Zane Schemmer said the high school prepared him well for his first year at the University of California, Berkeley.
Superintendent Jill Gildea shared accolades student and staff have received since the last board meeting. She showed Ecker Hill Middle School’s overview of its School to Watch national redesignation and congratulated the school on this prestigious honor.
Dr. Gildea addressed concerns some parents have regarding standards-based learning (SBL). She said SBL has been talked about in the district since 2007, and schools need an aligned system so they can yield the best results for students.
She outlined the three pathways necessary when shifting to SBL: changing the paradigm, building the foundation of standards-based grading, and shifting the report card to reflect a standards-aligned reporting system. The junior high and high school years will secure a letter grade and a GPA as part of their mastery transcripts. The Superintendent said this practice is accepted by colleges and universities globally.
This year 23 educational leaders and nine parents have donated their time, suggestions, learning, ideas, and input in order to fully develop an implementation timeline. Superintendent Gildea said work will continue through the 2021-22 school year to clearly identify pathways and proficiencies for students. Dr. Gildea said there will be ongoing research, input, and implementation planning, and community education around the practice, aligned systems, and college admissions throughout the next school year.
Chris Guarino of NV5 and Christine Richman of GSBS provided the board with an update on the Future of Learning master planning process. GSBS is in the process of finalizing the Education Specifications, Facilities Master Plan, and Facility Condition Assessment. The consultants also reviewed the recent grade alignment survey results. Guarino said the survey had some common themes and the results will be helpful to the board as it evaluates its next steps.
The survey findings include:
– Preschool/early learning students housed in their neighborhood elementary schools: 68.6%
– K-5 grades in elementary school and 6-8 grades in middle school: 51%
– 9th grade at the high school: 84.9%
– Grades 9-12 at one high school in current location: 54.1%
– Did overall cost influence your decision: 2.68 (scale of 1-5)
– Parents: 87.6% of respondents were parents
The board will discuss its next steps and critical priorities during a special work session on June 4. The full presentation can be viewed here.
Superintendent Gildea noted that 56% of those who responded to the district’s calendar survey said they are satisfied with the district’s current calendar. She presented tentative versions of the 2020-21 and 2021-22 calendars. Calendars can be viewed here. The board will take input and vote on the calendars at its June 18 meeting.
Mental Health Month Resolution
The board adopted a resolution recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month in Park City School District. The board encourages students, families, and employees to take the opportunity to learn more about improving mental health and prevently substance abuse.
Joint Use Agreement
The board approved a joint use agreement between Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District and Park City Municipal Corporation that provides recreational facilities and programs which are best served through a joint, cooperative and consolidated effort.
The following individuals addressed the board on the topic of SBL:
– Student: Emily Campbell (Ecker Hill Middle)
– Parents: Julie Engle, Meg Leaf, Ken Canada, Brent Milner, Phoebe Hailey, Lauren Anderson, Glen Anderson, Jenny Campbell, Amy Neff, Lara Lusher, Lizzie Brenkus, Laura Tettelbach, Chris Campbell, Shannon Schemmer, and Molly Campbell
– Educators: Austyn Borjigin (McPolin), Laura Starley (Ecker Hill Middle), Elizabeth Hensler and Shannon Jones (Jeremy Ranch), Principal Roger Arbabi (Park City High)
Board President Andrew Caplan said the district is moving forward and working to improve the overall education for students. He reiterated that the board has hired district leaders from top performing districts and schools because they are progressive, highly qualified academic leaders who wish to raise the level of achievement for Park City schools to be not just the best in Utah, but among the best in nation.
Policies for Posting
– Policy 4006: Cash Management
– Policy 7030: Employee Suggestions and Complaints
– Policy 7055: Jury Duty or Witness in Court
– Policy 7060: Sick Leave Bank
– Policy 7090: Substitute Teachers
– Policy 7130: Sick Leave Incentive
– Policy 7150: Contract Status for Newly Hired Classified Employees
– Policy 7155: Classified Staff Promotions and Transfers
– Policy 10001: Bullying
– Policy 11001: Title I Parent Involvement
The board approved revisions to Policy 5000 – Snow Days, with an amendment to add the word “essential” to B.2.
The board adopted the FY19 Revised Budget, and approved the FY20 Preliminary Budget. The FY20 preliminary tax rate was approved, which amounts to an increase of $11 per $100,000 home, or $20 for $100,000 on a secondary home or commercial business The public can offer comment on the tax increase at the district’s Truth-in-Taxation Hearing on Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. at the District Office. View the Preliminary Budget here.
Park City School District has partnered with Hanover Research to a conduct comprehensive survey of staff, students, parents, and the community to gather input that will enable the district to develop a school calendar for the next three to five years.
The survey opened today, April 24, and can be taken in English or Spanish by clicking here. The survey closes May 8. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.
Responses will remain strictly confidential and all data will be stored securely on Hanover’s private servers. No information that could be used to identify specific individuals will be reported or released.
– Accolades: Superintendent Jill Gildea began her report by sharing more than 75 statewide and national accolades that students and staff have received this school year. She said she continues to be impressed with the great things happening across the district.
– Transition Plan: As a new superintendent she has spent this year focused on listening and learning. She is now assessing the district’s current state and reflecting on the necessary steps to guide the system with a strong history and tradition of excellence to realize our community’s vision of the future of education.
– Future of Learning: She thanked the community and education participants for their ongoing donation of time dedicated to master planning the past seven months.
– Standards-Based Learning: In many conversations and meetings, she said colleges and universities have repeatedly and unequivocally said that standards-based grades and transcripts pose no problems whatsoever for applicants. In fact, some of the most highly selective institutions in the world such as Harvard and MIT have provided public statements expressing this position. She said from a reporting lens, implementing a comprehensive/ robust learner profile (transcript) and a very strong district profile is the best reassurance to our community that students will compete at the top universities globally.
– Board President Andrew Caplan: President Caplan said the board acknowledges that standards-based learning has been used as a successful method of learning in the district in some form or another for decades. While not a new methodology, the new grade reporting system at Ecker Hill Middle this year has parents concerned. He said the board supports teachers 100 percent in their efforts to provide the best education possible for students. The board also recognizes that we teachers and administrations are the ones well equipped to decide what is best for the students. President Caplan asked for the community’s patience as the district continues to roll out standards-based learning that ultimately will help the teachers provide the best educational experience for children.
– Superintendent: Dr. Gildea said the shift to standards-based learning is the way the world is going. She noted that none of the districts in Utah, who are using standards-based learning, have had smooth implementations. She said parents need to be better educated about how to use the data to see where their student is succeeding and where the student needs additional help. Ultimately, she said an aligned assessment and reporting system will provide the best results for students.
Master Planning Options
Chris Guarino of NV5, the district’s owner representative, and Christine Richman with GSBS, presented options that aligned with the master planning process of the past seven months. There was consensus that the 9th grade needs to be at the high school, and 7th and 8th grade need to be together. The four options presented were weighed against the Guiding Principles and the criteria developed by the task force groups. The presentation can be viewed here.
– Option A: K-5, 6-8, 9-12
– Option B: K-6,7-8, 9-12
– Option C: K-8, 9-12
– Option D: K-4, 5-6, 7-8 9-12
Early Learning: Pre-K learning options range from an Early Learning Center, keeping Pre-K in the elementary schools, or a combination of an Early Learning Center within neighborhood schools, and added community services (extended day, healthcare services, dental, parent learning, etc.)
The board expressed appreciation to those who have participated in this phase of the master planning. The community is encouraged to stay involved, or to get involved and offer feedback on the options in the coming weeks during community forums or an upcoming online survey.
BudgetDiscussion: Business Administrator Todd Hauber lead a discussion on the tentative FY2020 and final FY2019 budgets. The budget can be viewed here.
Joint Use Agreement: The board approved a joint use agreement between Snyderville Basin Recreation and Park City Municipal for use of facilities for recreation.
School Land Trust Plans: School Trust Land Plans for the 2019-20 school year have been reviewed and approved by the board.
School Fees: The board approved the 2019-20 school fee schedule. The fee schedule can be viewed here.
– Jessica Sheetz, a teacher at Ecker Hill Middle teacher, said standards-based learning helps students improve and targets the needs of the students. She contacted several top universities (Stanford, Yale, Penn State, Harvard, MIT, Notre Dame, etc.) who said they all receive transcripts from around the world that use a variety of reporting systems.
– Parent Dr. Glenn Schemmer said parents and students are confused about standards-based learning. He said the reporting system needs to be implemented appropriately to be successful.
– Summer Marshall, the technology instructional coach at Ecker Hill Middle, is a proponent of standards-based learning. She believes it is essential to have a reporting system that is accurate, consistent, and supports meaningful learning for students. She said schools can improve how they communicate and educate parents about the tools they have to assess their students’ learning.
– Parent Bari Nan Rothchild said she supports standards-based learning and asks parents to trust the system and empower teachers to get the kinks out along the way. She said standards-based learning provides data that helps teachers prepare students to succeed in the 21st century.
– Dave Howard, a community member who has been involved with Park City baseball for the past 27 years, asked the board to consider adding turf to the baseball field at the high school. He said the team has not been able to have any home games because of the poor condition of the fields this time of the year. Students are missing class three times a week and getting home late from all the away games.
Following seven months of input about the future of education in Park City from educators, parents, students, community members and city and county officials, GSBS Consultants will present a range of options to the Board of Education April 16.
GSBS is currently in the process of creating education scenarios and evaluating them using the Guiding Principles, educational specifications, and criteria developed by task force groups. “The options will reflect the community’s vision and make the decision-making more objective,” says Clio Rayner, project manager.
Board members will get their first look at the options during its regular board meeting on April 16 beginning at 4 p.m. at the District Office.
“One of our biggest take-aways was how much agreement we saw from teachers, students, parents and administrators around the district’s mission and values and the Guiding Principles,” says Rayner. “As we moved through the process we kept revisiting these visioning pieces and each time they were reaffirmed.”
The Guiding Principles were developed earlier this fall during the Future of Learning Summit, an all-day workshop with teachers, students, and community members. Throughout the day major themes emerged when the group considered what students would need in the future to continue to be successful learners.
The educational specifications use the Guiding Principles and outline how learning spaces can be designed to help support this vision for education, Rayner says. The specifications were developed with the input of teachers and administrators during five learning leader forum meetings. The specifications will be used to evaluate the current facilities and identify ways to improve schools that focus on education first.
The consulting team is also analyzing the physical condition of the facilities including architectural, site, structural, mechanical, plumbing and electrical components. Each school is also being reviewed for educational sustainability.
During discussions with the Steering Committee, “hot topics” that would directly impact master planning decisions were identified. Task force groups were created for grade alignment, school/class size, school location, Treasure Mountain Junior High, the Kearns campus, and transportation.
“The task forces were asked to develop criteria for decision making that related to each topic. That criteria will be used to evaluate different master planning options moving forward,” Rayner says. “We didn’t ask the task forces to solve the problems, but rather asked them to develop criteria for evaluating solutions to the problem.”
Rayner said it’s important for the community to know that no single option will satisfy all community concerns. “There is still hard work to be done by the district and the community to consider which trade-offs the community is willing to make. Our job is to present the options that reflect the community’s vision and to do it in a way that makes the decision-making more objective.”
The community is invited to visit the Future of Learning website here for more information.
– Superintendent Jill Gildea reported on her presentation to the master planning Steering Committee last week and said the work being done by the committee and educators aligns with the district’s mission and vision.
– She reported on her attendance at the Northeast Region Sterling Scholars Recognition Banquet at Utah Valley University Monday night and congratulated Park City High region winners and runners-up.
– The superintendent noted that Park City High represents five of the 20 finalists in the Utah High Entrepreneur Challenge sponsored by the University of Utah Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. The public can vote for their favorite projects until March 29 here.
Student Council Report
Student board representative, Steven Mitchell, said the high school PTSO asked the student council to review the costs it charges for various activities and merchandise. Following an evaluation, he said the student council is reconsidering its practices and working on a solution for next year.
Tim Brown, an education consultant with Solution Tree based in Bloomington, Indiana, has been retained by the district to provide standards-based learning (SBL) research-based and results-driven professional development for teachers. Brown said there is growing evidence that when teachers use SBG they are getting a clearer picture of what students actually know. The board reiterated its support for SBL philosophy, and encouraged the administration to communicate it more clearly to teachers, parents, and students as it works through implementation.
Melina Wright, a senior associate with the ECRA Group based in Chicago, presented a Learner Profile and Strategic Dashboard System to the board. The ECRA Group (Education, Consulting, Research, Analytics) is a research and analytics consulting firm that helps schools improve student outcomes by embedding evidence-based practices via predictive models. Wright said the dashboard allows schools to tell their story in a more transparent way. The system also allows a learner profile for each student. Superintendent Gildea said the system allows teachers, students, and parents to visually see how students are learning.
Future of Learning
Chris Guarino with NV5, the district’s owner representative for master planning, told the board that teachers have defined the types of spaces they believe are best for learning and that information will help evaluate the district’s current buildings and spaces. He said the community has offered input during open houses and meetings held at each school. The board will receive educational master plan options at its April 16 board meeting. April and May will be focused on engaging the community and seeking their feedback on the options.
Preliminary Budget/School Fees
Business Administrator Todd Hauber reviewed the preliminary budget for the 2019-20 school year. The board was also presented a list of school fees for next year and will review them prior to adoption. Hauber said legislation just passed during this past session outlines a more detailed school fee practice the board needs to adopt by January 2020. Preliminary budget priorities can be viewed here.
Jeremy Ranch Wetlands Mitigation & Easement Agreements
The board approved an inter-local agreement and easement with Summit County for the Jeremy Ranch Frontage Road wetland mitigation. The district will partner with the county to build a trail that will allow for a safer route for students walking or biking to and from Jeremy Ranch Elementary.
Policies for Posting
– Policy 5015: Transportation
– Policy 5020: School Bus Emergencies
– Policy 2000: Student Representative on the Board of Education
– Policy 4000: Contingency Reserves
– Policy 4005: Purchasing
– Policy 4006: Cash Management
– Policy 4010: Travel and Conference Reimbursement
– Policy 4015: Disposal of Fixed Assets
– Policy 4020: District Records
– Policy 5025: Student Transportation
– Policy 6000: Modification of District Property
– Policy 7075: Twelve-Month Employee Holidays
– Policy 7095: Conditions of Employment
– Nine parents expressed their frustrations about standards-based learning and lack of understanding about it in the community. They asked the district to take its time in rolling out SBL districtwide.
– Four teachers shared their support for standards-based learning and how it impacts student achievement. They said SBL is transforming the grade conversation between students and teachers from “how to I earn a grade” to “how to I learn a grade.”