Interim Principal reports high school is number one in the state |

Interim Principal reports high school is number one in the state

At Tuesday’s board meeting Interim Principal Hilary Hays reported that Park City High School has been named number one in the state for the third year in a row.

The award will be presented later this month by the Best of State organization. Schools enter the competition and are judged on a series of criteria including innovation and ways the school contributes to improving the quality of life in the state of Utah.

Hays also gave a graduation report and provided board members with a list of Park City High School accomplishments for the 2005-2006 school year. Those included the $107,697 awarded to graduating seniors as part of the community scholarship program, six seniors who are National Merit Scholars, 740 advanced placement exams were administered and 85 percent of graduates will attend college in the fall.

School calendar will remain the same

Administrative assistant for the superintendent, Nancy Scott reported on the results of the calendar survey.

"Very few opted for anything other than C," she said, adding the survey received over 1,000 responses.

Option C was one of 3 proposed school calendars to be effective over the next five years. It is the option closest to the current calendar.

The calendar committee will review the 40 pages of comments received from the community and a calendar recommendation based on option C will be presented to the board at their next meeting on June 20.

State increase on student spending fairly small

Business Administrator, Patty Murphy, reported the district has a $2 million dollar deficit in their budget. (See story above.)

She also commented that for all of the positive press the state’s 6 percent increase in the Weighted Pupil Unit, or the amount of money spent per child is not much.

"The reality is that doesn’t amount to a lot of money," Murphy said.

For Park City School District the increase comes to $787,348.

Construction is still on schedule

Director of support services, Steve Oliver, reported on the Park City High School construction.

"Things are on schedule, we’re still seeing no evidence of a labor shortage or a material shortage," he said.

Dozier Field is still on schedule, but there is still an issue about what kind of scoreboard will be installed.

"Frankly, I’d be surprised if we can get a scoreboard before the first game," Oliver said adding there are several different interest groups who want different features for the new scoreboard.

Board Member Kathryn Adair said the old one could be used and community feedback should be sought regarding the new scoreboard.

Oliver gave an update on the counseling area in the high school which is not cool enough and sometimes reaches temperatures of 80 degrees.

"That’s been a festering problem for the past eight weeks," he said adding a solution has been found.

He showed the board renderings of the completed school interior. Board member Vern Christensen said many of his constituents have asked what the inside appearance will be and where can they go to comment on it.

It was decided a committee of students, parents and teachers would be formed to give feedback on the interior’s appearance.

Registration procedures for ineligible bus riders

Director of Transportation, Brent Chaston reported to the board on planned registration procedures for ineligible bus riders, or students who live within a mile and a half of the school but would still like to ride the bus to school.

As in past years, those students may purchase bus passes for $200 on a first come first serve basis. New this year is a replacement fee if the pass is lost or stolen, Chaston said.

"I’m comfortable with that, I think it’s reasonable too," board Vice President Kim Carson said.

Board president, David Chaplin thanked Chaston for helping to make transportation available to ineligible bus riders, a service very few districts provide.

Procedures will be made public as the registration date gets closer.

Interventions process being reviewed

Director of Curriculum, Merry Haugen and Director of Student Services Tom VanGorder said they are in the process of refining student interventions to make sure the service is provided to students that need it.

Student intervention includes programs for struggling students, such as math remediation.

Haugen added they are also examining programs for accelerated students needing extra challenges.

Superintendent Dave Adamson said with so many students, all with different needs, the district wants to be sure to help everyone.

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