On Wednesday, January 30, our Board will have our semi-annual retreat (open to the public: see below for agenda more information*). At the retreat we will discuss and prioritize the priorities for the year. This is the main opportunity for the Board to give direction to the District Administration. As your representative, please let me know what you would like to see as the priorities for your school district.
We received an update on the Space Center. On February 11, the Space Center will re-open for field trips within the district. Not all of the simulators will be available, but some of them will. The committee is still meeting and discussing long-term options. Of these, three were mentioned.
1) Build the Space Center on property right next to Central Elementary that ASD already owns.
2) Build the Space Center on the "Scow Property" that is near the water tower in PG. (I think we already own this property as well.)
3) Establish the Space Center at Thanksgiving Point. They are very interested in working some sort of deal with us. They are opening a "Museum of Natural Curiosity" with a specific STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) focus, including ecosystems, ancient ruins, climatology, etc. They currently have 4000 sq ft in the Dinosaur Museum that we could use right now. Thanksgiving Point is incentivized to partner with us because it will allow them to qualify for additional grants. Right now, the Space Center costs us about $4.50/student. Thanksgiving Point currently charges $2.60/student and for every 10 students, one teacher gets in free.
Lehi High School
We reviewed plans for rebuilding Lehi High School on the current site (by the Roller Mills). It is proposed that the Board budget $1.3 M from our budget this coming year to pay for an 18-classroom satellite, and $4.5 M for the construction of a 3-story classroom wing of 12 -18 rooms. The permanent classroom wing would be completed by Fall of 2014. After that, it would cost about $40M and roughly 3 years of construction to rebuild the "old" parts of the school in phases, so we can still use the existing facilities as we build new ones. The $40M would require a bond to accomplish, we were advised.
*Board Retreat Information: Priorities for the District
Jan. 30, 2013
Mountainland Applied Technology College, Room 230-N
2301 W. Ashton Blvd.
PUBLIC MEETING, but no public comments
8:30 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 Past Basket Items Report (Priorities)
9:30 - 10:30 Current Basket Items Conversation/Suggestions
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 12:00 Current Basket Items/Rating/Ranking to Prioritize
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 2:30 Question: "How do we unite and move forward as a Board to make sure these priorities are realized?"
We used to discuss the Code of Conduct. It appears, we will address only the question listed at the end of the agenda. However, that is the "stickiest" point for me in the Code of Conduct.
I welcome your input and your attendance.