School board greets new IB Coordinator
March 11, 2006
Of the Record staff
Abdul Rasool has reported for work and came to meet the board on Tuesday.
Dave Chaplin welcomed him to Park City.
"We all look forward to getting to know you better. We are very, very pleased that you’re here," Chaplin said.
Rasool was optimistic about beginning his job as the new IB coordinator for the Park City School District.
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"I have a very positive feeling about what it is you’re trying to do," Rasool said.
He is impressed with the resources and the vision the district has and feels confident that any problems can be worked out with understanding between the school board, schools and the parents.
"The little negative things can be sorted out," he said. "Working together you can surmount any difficulty."
After touring the schools he observed the teachers are willing to learn and Rasool said he is glad to be in Park City.
"I am happy to be here, even though it’s cold," he said.
Steve Oliver reported on the high school construction project.
"Demolition is on pace, the East wing is totally down," Oliver said.
Through mid-March to mid-April a jack hammer will be used during construction, Oliver said this is when he anticipates the most complaints.
"They will try to do as much as possible over spring break," he said.
At the last board meeting Oliver reported electrical conduits needed to be relocated. New service lines have been laid for those and the problem is solved, Oliver reported.
A new problem surfaced when water line ruptured last weekend. It was fixed when students returned to school on Monday. But repairs are costly.
"I get a little concerned about the contingency amount we have," Oliver said.
Four months into construction, 12 percent, approximately $160,000 of the $1.5 million contingency fund has been used.
Oliver mentioned parents were concerned about the asbestos work, which he said was being done carefully.
"Every possible precaution was taken," Oliver said.
The project is still on schedule and building may begin as early as mid-May or near the first of June.
Tom VanGorder, Director of Student Services for Park City School District and Brenda Hedden, Coordinator of the Park City Learning Center reported on their development of the alternative education program for the PCSD. A final plan will be presented to the board in May.
They are working to define what the program will accomplish, and ways to track student progress.
"I hate the term alternative education," Brenda said, adding the phrase has negative connotations.
This lead to a brief discussion about changing the name of the Park City Learning Center because Brenda reported students are embarrassed about having the name on their transcript.
The board will post the following policies on March 28: Recognizing Religious Freedoms and Rights of Conscience in Schools, Harassment and Discrimination Prohibited, Drug Testing of Bus Drivers, Orderly Termination and Extra-Duty Assignments.
Adoption of the policies will be considered in May.
Chaplin acknowledged the passing of past superintendent and WWII veteran Burnis Watts.
An adult high school diploma was presented to Gloria Palacios.