Education

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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The Future of Education open house attracted a room-full of parents, teachers and students. It was conducted by the Consulting Team of GSBS and was the first of several public input sessions hosted by the Park City School Board and Administration. Carolyn Murray attended the meeting and has this report:

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Park City enrollment numbers were down about one percent this year over last year. The impact on the budget will result in a short fall of state funds of about $250,000-dollars. The school budget has a little padding that covers the impacts of the lost revenues without dipping into any other essential funds. Carolyn Murray has this:

Business Administrator, Todd Hauber manages the Park City School District’s $78 million-dollar budget. He said the budget audits are nearly complete and it looks like they have reserves to cover the difference in WPU state funds.

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The Park City School District is holding a Future of  ducation Visioning session at the Richin’s Building on Monday. They’re offering two-one-hour sessions back to back starting at 5:30. They want the community to come and give input. It’s quick and simple and won’t take longer than an hour. Carolyn Murray has this:

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The Park City School District hired a new Special education Director who started August 1. Most recently, she’s coming from an academic job as a professor of psychology at Weber State University. Carolyn Murray has this:

Jacklyn Knapp said she wants to be in the Park City School District because there is so much opportunity with seven schools and an active community that includes the contributions made by the Education Foundation.

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The four school districts in Wasatch and Summit County have submitted their final head counts to the State. Schools receive state funds based on student enrollment and October 1st head counts. School district budgets are finished in June several months before the enrollment numbers are finalized. Park City School District has fewer students this year than projected so budget adjustments are needed.  Carolyn Murray has this report:

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This year, the Park City School Board voted to waive student fees for all families in the district. It’s an effort to bring equitable access to all students by providing AP and Elective classes to students or families without additional fee charges. The impact on the decision carries some unintended consequences which are causing fund shortfalls for a handful of important school district partners. Carolyn Murray has this:

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The Park City School Board met Tuesday with a presentation on enrollment numbers and the impacts on state funds to the district. The board discussed how the district policy addresses the very small class sizes in some of the elementary schools. Carolyn Murray has this:

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The Park City Board of Education met Tuesday  morning in a work session. The School Board’s goals were discussed which included a new policy on how the board will communicate with the media. Job survey results were presented and Board President, Andrew Caplan read a statement about their plans to bond for capital projects next year.  Carolyn Murray has this:

Early Utah Territorial Leaders Were All Democrats

Sep 28, 2018
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The Utah History Lecture Series opens on Friday at 4 PM with a lecture about Utah’s early territorial government. The speaker promises some curious details about how long it took Utah to become a state and how the early settlers in Utah were all Democrats. Carolyn Murray has this:

 

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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and the nonprofit, PC Reads continues its work to educate, advocate and support struggling readers and their teachers. PC Reads is bringing a renown dyslexia program developer and speaker to help kick off the month of events. Carolyn Murray has this.

Alissa Aten is one of the founders of PC Reads. She said the school district has introduced a new phonics program that helps dyslexic kids learn to read.

Park City School Board Approves Early Literacy Plan

Sep 20, 2018
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Park City’s new Superintendent, Jill Gildea isn’t quite settled in her new home in Jeremy Ranch, still, she loves her new neighborhood. Meanwhile, the school district is moving at a quick pace with board meetings and a retreat, master planning committee work and new curriculum roll-outs. Carolyn Murray has this:

     

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The Park City School District’s newly established master planning committee met for the 1st time last week. Committee members will meet regularly for the next eight months to identify the district’s educational direction. Based on suggestions from the community, a 15-person steering committee will bring options to an executive board who will then make final recommendations to the school board. Carolyn Murray has this:  

   

Park City School District Business Administrator Todd Hauber sits on the Executive Committee. He describes the master planning process as layered.  

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The Park City Board of Education spent nearly eight hours this week  in a team building retreat with the new superintendent and the district business administrator. As a result, the Executive Board now has a handful of unified goals and objectives for the coming year. However, most of the members said they’ve been very frustrated with public criticism of their decisions. Carolyn Murray has this:

During the two days of meetings, the board addressed issues on leadership, public relations and academic objectives.

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