The Park City Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a $5.2 million tax increase. The additional revenue will go toward district salary increases that were put in place two years ago, as part of the three-year contract negotiated in 2017.

The increase is less than what Park City School District Business Administrator Todd Hauber thought it would be when he presented the budget to the board in May. The increase was expected to be closer to $5.6 million.


The Park City School District resumes the master planning efforts they started last fall. The Board recently presented the Park City Council with an update and they are planning a couple of town hall style meetings.

Park City Board of Education President Andrew Caplan says they’ve identified three big decisions the board is facing. One is whether to pursue universal Pre-K for every child. Research shows it is an important component for future academic success and the community, Caplan says has shown initial support.

Park City Board Of Ed Considers Future School Calendars

Jun 20, 2019

The Park City Board of Education discussed future school calendar guidelines after receiving an update on the district calendar survey.  With 1100 respondents weighing in, school administration has been given clear direction.

PCSD Grade Alignment Decision Pushed To 2020

Jun 19, 2019

The Park City School Board decided to wait until January of 2020 to make a final decision on the grade alignment decision. They’ve narrowed options down from four to two. Another survey and at least two more focused task forces are being formulated.

PCHS Debate Team Sends Five To National Championships

Jun 7, 2019
Gavin Serr

The Park City High School Debate Team is going to Dallas, Texas to compete in the national championships this month. Their coach is retiring this year, but they’ve got a solid plan in place to maintain momentum and continue the success of this relatively new club at the high school.

Assistant Coach and Park City alum, Gavin Serr will travel with the team as he is taking the place of Sharon Ellsworth-Nielsen who is a debate teacher at the high school. She’s been coaching for six years and says the program has exploded with about 150 per kids taking classes.


School kids are out of classes for the summer, but school administrators are hard at work on the budget. Its required that preliminary budgets are made available to the public before budget hearings occur. There are a few regulations districts have to follow before a budget is finalized.


The Park City Board of Education discussed the four grade alignment options during the work session on Tuesday. Having the master planning survey results and the preliminary estimates showing a range of project costs helped them to eliminate two of the four options from consideration.


The Utah Education Association was pleased with the results for schools from this year’s legislative session, but UEA’s president says there are always areas to work for improvement.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill funded education to the tune of nearly $5.6 billion, increased the WPU by four percent, and have funded the Teacher Student Success Act to an amount approaching $100 million.

Still UEA President Heidi Matthews, a Park City resident, said there are three areas where they always strive for improvement.

Park City Day School Face book / Park City Day School

The Pre-K through 8th grade Park City Day School received an anonymous $1 million donation this week.  They have about 140 students in the school and have the capacity to accommodate up to about 210.

Park City Day School is a private, independent, non-profit school located in the Pine Brook area of Park City. The Head of School, Ian Crossland says he does not know who made the donation. He says no one does.


The Park City High School Class of 2019 graduates on Friday at Dozier Field providing the weather allows. Administration will bring it inside if it is very stormy. More than 370 students, all born in this third millennium will don red and white gowns, toss their caps into the air and commence their lives outside the Park City School District.

Caleb Fine has been the assistant principal since this graduating class began their sophomore year. He knows them well and says as the end of the year closes in, he has realized a few things.


The Wasatch School District is holding an open house on Wednesday. A $150 million school bond for two new schools is under consideration and the Board of Education wants public input.

The Wasatch School District Board of Education will provide information, answer questions and seek input from the community on the $150 million bond. It would fund a secondhigh school and replace the existing Midway Elementary school.

If unable to make the meeting they’ll accept comments through the email


The Park City High School Marching Band will perform in France next month as part of the 75th anniversary celebration of D-Day. It’s the only band from Utah that will perform and it’s one of 13 bands invited.

On June 6, 1944, 160,000 allied troops invaded a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast. It was the start of a long trek across the European continent to defeat Adolf Hitler’s troops and liberate Europe. 

Parents Oppose Standards Based Grading System

May 23, 2019

The Park City School Board heard from about 20 people during their meeting last night. (Tuesday night) As we’ve reported, parents continue to express concerns about the standards-based grading pilot program implemented at Ecker Hill Middle School this year. Standards-based learning is in place in the elementary schools and has been for a long time. Nearly all the parents said they oppose expanding the grading system into the junior high and high school.

Park City High School Student Wins Innovator Award

May 17, 2019
Nicholas Markels

 A 17-year-old Park City High School PC Caps student won the Edison Award last month for his bio-degradable multi-function plastic spoon, fork, knife utensil.

Park City High School Senior, Nicholas Markels says it was a surprise to learn his invention, called the sporknife, won the Edison Award grand prize for innovation and design. He submitted 3-D images, engineering designs and a photograph of the prototype he had built.

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.