Plans for a new bus turnaround approved
Of the Record staff
From donations to a new school bus turnaround at Jeremy Ranch Elementary School, the Park City School Board had a full plate on Tuesday night.
The first agenda item for the board was a donation from Tanger Outlets totaling $4,555. The money was split between Jeremy Ranch Elementary School, Parley’s Park Elementary School and Ecker Hill International Middle School. Alicia Rutledge presented the donation, which came from money earned through their "TangerBucks for Schools program."
Schools that are part of the program receive a portion of $1 from Tanger Savings Booklets that are purchased at the outlet center.
Rap Tax Applications
Next, Judy Tukuafu, Director of Community Education, asked for the board’s support as she applies for RAP tax funding to refurbish parts of the Aquatic Center. This includes replacing the men’s and women’s showers and adding flooring to a 1,900-square-foot room to the left of the lobby. Potential uses for the room include community education classes and the possibility of renting it out for children’s parties was discussed.
The board voted unanimously to support her.
Bonnie Park, director of Snydervill Basin Recreation District, sought the board’s approval for a RAP tax application to help install shading for spectators watching field sports at EHIMS. She also asked the board to support her efforts to improve trails near Kilby Road.
There was some concern that schools would have to maintain the portion of the trail that is on their property. Park assured the board that it would not incur any new costs for the district and they voted to support her application.
Steve Oliver, director of support services for PCSD, gave an update on the high school construction project.
The portables are now occupied, but some complications arose with the restroom facility. He reported the quality of the plumbing is low and many of the pipes had to be replaced or repaired because they arrived frozen.
Board member Kim Carson asked if it needed to be replaced.
"We’ll know by summer what kind of disaster we’re looking at," he replied.
The computer labs are functioning, all of the classrooms that are scheduled to be demolished have been vacated and a lot of work is being done behind the scenes, such as electrical wiring.
The largest problem that has been encountered is electrical conduits needing to be relocated. The incurred cost will be between $80,000 and $140,000. The expense will be covered by the contingency building fund. Oliver remarked he wished they were not touching it quite so soon.
Oliver gave a report on revamping the bus turnaround area at JRES. The new plans allow for buses to drop students off at the door and also discourages parking along Bluebird Lane.
He estimated the cost would be approximately $600,000. The board approved the new plans and Oliver will begin accepting bids for the project, a process that should be complete around May 1.
The PCSD’s contract with Group Benefits Services, the company that collects insurance bids for the district, will expire in March. Von Hortin, director of human resources for the PCSD, reported that after a request for a proposal was sent out the best course of action is to continue using GBS. The board voted unanimously to follow his recommendation.
Hortin also reported the PCSD needs to acquire five new school buses to replace older ones. This will maintain their current fleet of 27 buses. The older models are typically sold online at a profit of $10,000. The board voted unanimously to allow the purchase of newer buses.
The board discussed their policy titled Recognizing Religious Freedoms and Rights of Conscience in Schools and also their policy titled Harassment and Discrimination Prohibited. Some of the language in the religious freedoms policy has been reworked to include employee-to-employee discussions about religion.
Both Lisa Kirchenheiter and Kim Carson were concerned the harassment policy was not clear in protecting students regardless of sexual orientation. The language of both policies was deemed unclear and will be discussed at the next meeting.
Some minor changes were made to Conditions of Employment for Newly Hired Certified Employees and Leave of Absence Full-Time classified Employees. The board approved these two policies for posting.
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