School districts gear up for a new year
As students prepare to go back to school some changes lie ahead.
In the Park City School District enrollment is projected to be up 2-percent. Last year 4,367 students were taught in the district, that number is expected to jump to 4,491, said PCSD Business Administrator Patty Murphy.
The high school landscape continues to change due to construction. Four new classrooms will open up in the basement and portions of the new building are complete.
"They’re coming back to a school that is still very much under construction," Hays said.
Another change students can anticipate is a larger presence from the administration in classrooms and hallways, she added.
Teacher salary negotiations are underway. As of Wednesday head of the Park City Education Association Bob Burns reported they were starting their seventh day of negotiations on Thursday.
"We’ve worked very hard so far and we’re getting close to a settlement," he said.
This is the longest they have met in years, Burns noted. One of the complications is the changes in administration in the district office.
"We’re hoping to reach an agreement that is fair," he said.
North Summit School District
In North Summit School District they are also undergoing teacher salary negotiations.
"We’ve offered and they are still needing to meet," Superintendent Steve Carlson said.
He predicts enrollment will be about what it was last year, 1,010 students.
After adding four new rooms to the elementary school and building a new middle school, Carlson said he is looking forward to seeing the finishing touches completed.
"It’s wonderful, we’re finishing up landscaping but other than that everything is up and running," Carlson said.
One new goal Carson said the district has outlined for the year is helping the English as a Second Language learners.
"We’ve tried to increase our ESL offerings to help our ESL students, so we hope we can do a better job with that," he said.
Carlson added another one of their goals is also, "helping students to be the best they can be."
South Summit School District
In the South Summit School District Superintendent Tim Smith reported school board had yet to set specific goals but they will relate to communication, finishing the school drug testing policy, continued "in-service" or teachers gaining endorsements in areas of need such as math, reading and help for ESL students, and getting to know the kids better.
Nineteen teachers in the district earned ESL endorsements last June, he said.
Smith does not anticipate much enrollment growth.
"Probably slight growth but nothing dramatic," he said.
Last year the school district had 1,386 students and Smith said the number might rise to 1,400.
Smith reported the district completed salary negotiations in the spring.
Business Administrator Zane Woolstenhulme said teachers got a 3.5 percent raise along with a modified salary schedule to reward teachers for acquiring more post graduate education.
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