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The Park City School District Master Plan established a Treasure Mountain Junior High School task force. One of the questions they’re asking is how safe is the school - especially given this year’s snow load?

Park City School District On Legislative Watch

Feb 21, 2019
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Each year, the Park City School District carefully watches legislation during the 45-day session.  They’re monitoring school safety bills, standardized testing policy and bills requiring seat belts on school buses.

The Park City Board of Education will hold a swearing in for the new district 3 school board member in the next board meeting later this month. KPCW had a chance to meet with Wendy Crossland and talk about her background and hopes for the school district.

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The Park City Education Foundation celebrates 10 years of Running with Ed, a team relay race which circumnavigates the Park City School District. It’s also a fundraiser which the Ed Foundation has come to rely on, so it can continue to support enhanced educational programs in Park City’s public schools.

Early bird registration is open until the end of February. Runners can save $10 if they sign up by February 28th. Park City Education Associate Director Jennifer Billow says the event raises $250,000 for the organization.

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Research shows children who attend pre-school have better academic outcomes and higher earning potential. Utah public education funding does not include pre-school programs. The Park City Education Foundation contributes over $100,000 to the school district to help pay for pre-school.

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The Utah League of Cities and Towns held a mock legislative session for 500 youth who participated from across the state. Some of Park City’s Youth Council attended the event at the Capitol (yesterday) on Wednesday. Carolyn Murray has this:

The mock legislative session at the Utah State Capitol brought a distracted driving bill to the visiting students to debate. House Bill 13 is sponsored by Representative Carol Spackman Moss and addresses minors driving with hand held devices.

KPCW-Students Participate in We Rise Up

 

Park City High School and Treasure Mountain Junior High students greeted the week with a school wide assembly, outside, on the snowy ball field while Navajo drummers welcomed the sun rise. It’s part of the We Rise Up initiative which is about empowering youth across the US to contribute and engage in making the world a better place. Carolyn Murray covered the event and has this:

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As a rule, Park City School District does not cancel school for snow. Administrators look at a handful of concerns and decide to close or stay open in the wee hours before buses leave the garage. Last week, a wet, heavy snowfall snarled Park City traffic causing many delays. But school was on. Carolyn Murray has this:

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The Park City School Board selected the replacement for the open seat vacated by Petra Butler last fall.  There vote was three to one in favor of Wendy Crossland.  Carolyn Murray has this:

Park City School Board President Andrew Caplan said they had six excellent candidates to choose from for the open school board position.  It’s the District 3 seat.

Caplan said they were looking for a candidate with children in secondary school in order to balance out the existing board.

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The State Board of Education will use a new school assessment test beginning this year. This means the SAGE test will no longer be used in Utah schools. Park City School District has had a very high Opt-Out rate with the assessment tests. It affects the overall grade of a school when high numbers of students don’t’ participate. Carolyn Murray has this:

 

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The 2019 legislative session starts its 45-day session on Jan 28th. With Utah’s robust economy and Governor Gary Herbert’s budget proposing a 4% increase in the WPU, education funding will be watched by school districts throughout the state. Carolyn Murray has this update:

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The Park City School District Master Planning process is focusing on how the district delivers education to its 4500 students. The Master Planning Committee continues its work collecting community and stakeholder input. The deadline for completion is May. Carolyn Murray has this:

School Calendar Changes To Be Voted On In January

Dec 19, 2018
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The Park City School Board discussed next year’s school calendar in Tuesday’s meeting. They received feedback from the public along with the Park City Education Association representative. Carolyn Murray has this:

The Calendar Committee arrived at two options for next year. Each option presents small changes to this year’s calendar. School Board Member Erin Grady said the committee was made up of district administration, district staff and members of the education association. She said the survey results supports the B version over the A-version.

Nonbinding Opinion Question 1 which was the 10 cents per gallon gas tax increase for education, failed. It was an advisory bill that would have supported funding for roads allowing other transportation dollars to be diverted for education funding.

Question 1 was voted down 66 to 44 percent. The nonbinding opinion question was an advisory bill written to gauge voter interest. The initiative would have required Utah legislatures to pass another bill to support the tax increase.

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The Park City School District sent a text alert to parents and guardians alerting them that a student was transported to the hospital after passing out at Treasure Mountain Junior High School. It is believed that the student smoked THC from a vaping pen. A 9th grade student who provided the THC was referred to the police. Carolyn Murray has this:

District Communications Director, Melinda Colton does not know if the child overdosed, just that the student passed out at school. 

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