Sept. 5, 2017 | Special Regular Session
Safety Upgrades at School
Superintendent Ember Conley outlined the interior and exterior safety upgrades needed in schools. Buildings will receive security upgrades, including front entry vestibules, front entry security equipment, secondary door security, classroom hallway and exterior door security, fencing, emergency response database, and visitor management system. Front offices at schools will be improved to be more secure and visitors will be required to check in at the office. Elementary front offices should be complete by December, and second front offices finished in April.
Preliminary District Enrollment
Although official enrollment numbers are not available until Oct. 1, Business Administrator Todd Hauber provided the Board with a preliminary report of enrollment as of Aug. 29. District enrollment is at 4,671 students. There are currently 140-180 students from outside the district attending PCSD (about 40 of those are employees’ children). The Board wants to review its out-of-district policy to see if it needs to close open enrollment at some schools because of limited capacity.
District Strategic Planning
The Board postponed the Bond in 2017 until a comprehensive strategic plan more clearly outlines the vision and values of the school district. The first step on the process is to engage parents, students, staff, and the community at large in an initial planning meeting Oct. 2, from 6-8 at the Park City Hospital Blair Education Center. The community’s input will help the District determine its priorities as it shapes the future of PCSD. The strategic plan, which will be developed during the 2017-18 school year, will help update the district Learning Plan (academics) and Master Plan (facilities).
Homework Pilot Program
Jeremy Ranch Elementary is piloting a homework program this school year designed to reduce student and family stress. Principal Shawn Kuennen said the school’s administrative leadership team has been examining research around the “homework debate” to assess the value and impact of homework on student wellness and student performance. The current national debate focuses on the nature and purpose of homework, appropriate amounts of homework matched to student grade levels, and the impact homework has not only on students but also on their families. The school’s intent is to continue its discussions around homework, based on research and experience, with administrators, teachers, and community members prior to developing a new policy for the district. The school’s new guidelines for students include: read at least 20 minutes per night based on interest and enjoyment, either independently or with another person, spend time outside, either in structured or unstructured play, enjoy time with family at the dinner table or just time together, and get a good night’s sleep. Kuennen said the pilot program is a work in progress and adjustments will be made throughout the school year.
Policy 4010— Travel and Conference Reimbursement: The Board voted to post it for public input.
Policy 7160 —Orderly Termination: The Board sent it back to the policy committee for additional clarification on the revisions.
Policy 10086—Anti Discrimination: The Board voted to post it with minor revisions.
Policy 10090—Prohibition of Corporal Punishment: The Board voted to post it.
The Board approved the new hires for the 2017-18 school year.
The Board met in closed session to discuss the purchase, exchange, or lease of real property and to discuss the character, professional competence, or physical or mental health of an individual.
Board of Education
Julie Eihausen, President,
JJ Ehlers, Vice President
Petra Butler, Member
Andrew Caplan, Member
Anne Peters, Member
Katie Miller, Student Representative