Education briefs, July 26-28 |

Education briefs, July 26-28


SSSD to vote on bond resolution
The South Summit School District is set to vote on whether to put a bond on this fall’s ballot to pay for a new high school and repairs to current facilities. According to the district’s website,, the vote will be held at a public meeting August 10. The vote comes after a master-planning committee recommended building a new high school to alleviate overcrowding. District officials have said the projects will cost about $57 million.

New Trailside Elementary principal hired
The Park City School District announced the hiring of Carolyn Synan as principal of Trailside Elementary School. According to a press release, Synan spent eight years as an elementary school teacher, then spent the last three years as an assistant principal at Edison Elementary School in Salt Lake City. She replaces Robin Williams. “We are thrilled to add someone with Carolyn’s diverse experience and expertise to the district,” said Andrew Caplan, a member of the Park City Board of Education, in the release. “She has been instrumental in the turnaround and subsequent success of Edison Elementary in Salt Lake, and we look forward to welcoming her to the Trailside — and Park City — family.”

PCSD announces new assistant superintendent
Dr. Benjamin Belnap will join the Park City School District as assistant superintendent of student wellness, the district announced. According to a press release, Belnap has 15 years of experience in education and mental health and comes to the district from his roles as behavior specialist for Washington County School District and Clinical Director of Assessment at Sunrise Residential Treatment Center. “I am excited to learn from Dr. Belnap,” said Ember Conley, superintendent of the district. “His knowledge and experience in student well-being will be a tremendous asset for our students, staff, and community.”