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.