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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. 

Liv Potter and Annie Sheinberg Student Survey

 

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:

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