Ben Belnap

Summit County


The National Institute of Health, in their annual study found sharp increases in teen vaping. Local school districts are arealso seeing higher usage of vape products amidst the growing concerns about the dangerous health effects.

In 2018 the NIH surveyed 44,000 students asking about drug, alcohol, and cigarette use in 8th, 10th, and 12th graders.  About 37% of 12th graders reported vaping in 2018, compared with 28% in 2017. Vaping of each substance that was asked about increased. This includes nicotine, flavored liquids, marijuana, and hash oil.

As students head back to school later this month, parents of may want to do a bit of homework if they have kids making the transition to middle school. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher reports that a community forum titled Middle School 101: What Every Parent Should Know has been scheduled for August 15th. 

Park City School  District Wellness Director Ben Belnap will be leading the panel discussion on Thursday, the 15th  at 6 pm at the Jim Santy Auditorium.

Local News Hour - July 31,2019

Jul 31, 2019

On today’s program, East Side Summit County resident Mike Crittenden talks about the plan for a Cedar Crest Overlay Community. Park City Manager Diane Foster has a preview of the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting and David Burele with Future iQ, the consultant for Vision 2020 will have some background on this week's visioning sessions and results from the community survey. Yuri Jenson with the Wasatch Latino Coalition talks about the mission of the group and the survey they’re working on.

PCSD Learning Academy Takes A New Direction

May 16, 2019

Changes are coming to Park City School District’s Learning Academy in the next school year. Adjustments to administration and faculty will occur. The new model is designed to expand intervention for students who are failing classes and to provide an alternative credit recovery so they can graduate.

Assistant Superintendent of Wellness, Ben Belnap says when a student is failing more than one class, there is a deeper issue going on and the new Learning Academy model will help to address some 200 Park City students who fall into that category.

On today’s program, Summit County Council Member Kim Carson discusses the latest on how to improve the issues on the Weber River. Park City School District Assistant Superintendent of Wellness Ben Belnap discusses the changes at the Learning Academy and Park City Community Engagement Manager Linda Jager and City Recorder Michelle Kellogg preview the upcoming “How to Run for Public office” panel.

On today’s program, Summit County Lieutenant Justin Hemingway and Park City School District Associate Superintendent of Wellness Ben Belnap talk about Front Line, Blue Line – an event taking place on September 10th at PCHS. This is an opportunity for parents to learn more about how to keep kids safe , identify risky behaviors and what to do about it.

The Park City School District last year brought in nearly 40 new employees and adjusted teacher salaries with an across-the-board increase of $7,000, resulting in a budget spike of about $3.4 million for this year, which was discussed at Tuesday's school board meeting, along with master planning and potential bond issues. Carolyn Murray reports:

The Park City Board of Education meets Tuesday at 4.  Wellness and Safety continue to be at the forefront of the Administration’s priorities.  The 504 evaluation process will be updated in the 4 o’clock hour, a later discussion on Teacher Evaluations and many other topics are on the agenda.     Carolyn Murray has more: