Park City School District

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Park City High School

Schools will welcome back students on August 19, and masks will be recommended but not required - the  Park City School District can’t require them. 

Last May, the Utah Legislature passed a bill prohibiting schools from requiring mask-wearing.

In a letter published Sunday, Superintendent Jill Gildea said students and school employees will be encouraged to wear face coverings, but not required. The same encouragement applies to all, regardless of vaccination status.

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Park City High School

The Park City Board of Education is moving closer to a decision on seeking a possible $129 million school bond for voters to approve or reject on Nov. 2. The board plans to vote on it at its Tuesday, Aug. 17 meeting.

 

Utah law requires bond referendum decisions to be made 75 days before election day. This year that deadline is Aug.19, so the Park City School District must decide it’s going to seek a bond, and finalize an amount and ballot language, by then. 

 

Michelle Deininger

 

The Park City Board of Education held a special work meeting Tuesday to discuss incorporating green building initiatives into the $150 million master plan facilities expansions planned for six schools.

Park City School Board members explored the costs of green building practices when implementing the school facilities expansions in the Master Plan. The goal is to expand six Park City schools by 2024.

 

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Park City High School

The Park City School District will not need to raise taxes after all after the school board unanimously adopted next school year’s $94 million budget Tuesday night with little fanfare and no public resistance.

 

Park City School District Business Administrator Todd Hauber had anticipated a tax increase for the next three years to cover the salary increases for the four-year employee contracts that were approved last year. 

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More than $150 million in school facilities expansions are moving ahead in the Park City School District. The school board received an update on Tuesday and gave Business Administrator Todd Hauber authorization to proceed.

 

The Park City School District Master Plan entails renovating and expanding six of the seven schools in the district. The changes would accommodate grade realignments and new programming. 

 

On today's Local News Hour:

(04:16) - Park City Superintendent of Schools Jill Gildea and Business Administrator Todd Hauber have an update on next year's budget and what that means for opening schools.

(23:50) - Ben Lasseter reports on Midway Imposes Watering Rules for Drought

(25:24) - Assistant Park City Manager David Everitt has a preview of this week's city council meeting.

(41:10) - Park City Historic Alliance Executive Director Alison Kuhlow with an update from yesterday's board meeting.


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The Park City School District Board of Education meets Tuesday afternoon at 4 in the district offices at 2700 Kearns Blvd.

 

Park City School District Business Administrator Todd Hauber will have an update on the $150 million Master Planning initiative and the board will vote on a resolution recognizing 19 teachers and staff retiring this year. Fifteen of the retirees are teachers.

 

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  The Utah School Readiness Board has approved more than $12 million in grant applications for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. 

 

The money will support a mix of private, public, charter, and Head Start schools across the state.

 

Utah’s Student Readiness initiative aims to expand access to quality preschool education for children ages three to five. It focuses on economically disadvantaged children and English language learners. 

 

Summer McGuire

One of the rites of passage of high school is pulling off the senior prank. 

 

Over the years, Park City graduating seniors’ harmless stunts have included painting the PC at the top of PC Hill or adding rocks to spell out the word “POT.” In 2012, thousands of dollars of damage was caused by three seniors who vandalized the inside of the high school. This year, unsuspecting students found their cars parked in the school parking lot plastered with fake parking tickets and profane drawings.

 

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Some Park City School District staff and teachers continue to express frustration and concern with the district’s revised enrollment policy. 

 

The policy, which district officials say they were required to change to meet new state laws, has led to at least two teachers resigning and multiple teachers reaching out to KPCW News with concerns that the school board and administrators aren’t telling the truth about the impact.

 

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Last week, the Park City School Board announced it would not take public comments in person during school board meetings.

 

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Even though the Utah legislature passed two resolutions against teaching Critical Race Theory in K-12 schools Wednesday, the theory isn’t being taught locally or anywhere in the state.

 

 

The Utah School Board of Education released a statement earlier this week on Critical Race Theory in schools. CRT is an academic movement, which examines how racism has influenced American life and law.

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Until now, the Park City School District has allowed teachers to enroll their children in district schools regardless of where they reside. A change to the policy in January has created ambiguity and concerns for district staff who have school-age children.

On today's Local News Hour:

(4:02) - Leslie Thatcher reports on Park City Council member Nann Worel announcing her run for Park City Mayor

(7:02) - Park City School District Superintendent Jill Gildea and School Board President Erin Grady recap Tuesday's meeting, including a discussion on Open Enrollment and the mask mandate through the end of the month.

(27:32) - Park City Manager Matt Dias has a preview of this week's city council meeting.

(42:18) - Park City Historic Alliance Ex. Director Alison Kuhlow with an update from yesterday's board meeting.


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Last week, the Park City School District closed on a 55-acre parcel of land in the Trailside/Highland neighborhood. It cost the district $6 million in cash under an arrangement where the property owners donated about $7 million in value.

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