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Full-time Communications Director Joins PCSD

Park City School District has hired Melinda Colton as its first full-time communications director. Colton previously served as public relations director for Utah Valley University, and prior to that was the communications director for Jordan School District for 13 years.

“We feel fortunate to have found an experienced communications professional,” said Dr. Ember Conley, superintendent of PCSD. “We are eager to increase engagement and communication with our stakeholders and this hire is an initial step toward more informed taxpayers.”

Conley said Colton has expertise in integrated strategic communications, crisis communications, branding, marketing, internal and external publications, customer service, media training, social media, and bond campaigns.

Colton has a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. She worked as a journalist before transitioning to public relations. She has worked in public relations in higher education at UVU as well as BYU-Idaho, and Weber State University. But her true passion is public education.
“I am thrilled to be back in public education,” Colton said. “I’m excited to share the success stories of Park City School District. There are great things happening in Park City schools thanks to great teachers and administrators who devote their lives to education.”

Colton has won state, regional, and national awards for her writing, and has won honors for public relations campaigns and strategic planning. She has also been a presenter at state and national education conferences. Colton grew up in Libby, Montana, near Glacier National Park. She lives in Draper with her husband and her two sons. She currently volunteers as School Community Council chair, and as a member of the PTSA Board at her sons’ middle school.

Colton officially begins Aug. 21. The public is invited to meet Colton at a “meet and greet” Aug. 22 from 2-3 p.m. at the District Office, 2700 Kearns Blvd.


School Registration for 2017-2018

Please see the Registration page for information on Returning Student Registration and New Student Enrollment.

Children must be five years old on or before September 1 to enroll in Kindergarten (per state law, no exceptions). If your student is attending Park City School District Preschool, your student is already enrolled and you don't need to complete new student registration.

Park City School District Welcomes New Principal of Trailside Elementary School

Park City School District is proud to announce Carolyn Synan as the new principal of Trailside Elementary School. Mrs. Synan joins the district with 11 years of experience in education. She spent her first 8 years as an elementary school teacher in Illinois, North Dakota, and Salt Lake City. For the last three years, she has served as assistant principal at Edison Elementary in Salt Lake City School District.

“We’re very pleased to have Mrs. Synan join the Park City School District administration team,” says Dr. Tim McConnell, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources. “Several of her former colleagues contacted me directly to tout Carolyn as a highly effective leader and mentor with a calm, professional, and competent demeanor who establishes positive relationships with students, staff, and parents. ”

Board member Andrew Caplan adds, “We are thrilled to add someone with Carolyn’s diverse experience and expertise to the district. 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.”

Ms. Synan graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Education in 2005 and from Northeastern Illinois University with a Masters of School Leadership in 2011. She begins work in Park City in August.

Park City School District Superintendent Dr. Ember Conley says Mrs. Synan brings strong expertise in academics and student well-being. She adds, “Carolyn’s strong educational background will continue to grow the excellence at Trailside Elementary School.”

Mrs. Synan lives in West Jordan with her husband, Brian, and their two dogs, Montana and Legacy. “I’m so excited to be part of this elite district,” she says. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the students, community, and staff. Here’s to an amazing school year!”


Park City School District Welcomes New Assistant Superintendent of Student Wellness

Park City School District is proud to announce Dr. Benjamin Belnap as Assistant Superintendent of Student Wellness. Dr. Belnap joins the district with 15 years of experience in education and mental health, and most recently served as Behavior Specialist for Washington County School District and as Clinical Director of Assessment at Sunrise Residential Treatment Center. He’s held those positions since 2016 and 2014, respectively. Dr. Belnap previously worked in private practice as a licensed clinical psychologist and was the first psychologist hired for the Primary Children’s Hospital Residential Treatment Center.

Dr. Belnap sees himself as a dad first and foremost. He and his wife, Jamie, have 4 children, and whether hiking to find the perfect swimming hole, rowing a raft through narrow canyon rivers, or even enjoying a Netflix binge-watching session, his adventures are best when shared with his family.

“I am excited to learn from Dr. Belnap,” said Dr. Ember Conley, Superintendent of Park City School District. “His knowledge and experience in student well-being will be a tremendous asset for our students, staff, and community.”

Dr. Belnap completed all of his post-secondary education at The University of Utah. He graduated in 2004 with a BS in Psychology and in 2009 with an MS in School Psychology. He earned his Ph.D. in School Psychology in 2011.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Belnap join the Park City School District administration,” said Andrew Caplan, a member of the Park City Board of Education. “His wide breadth of educational and clinical experience will allow him to successfully coordinate the mental health and wellness initiatives for our district’s children.”

"I am so happy to join PCSD because this district is clearly ahead of the curve in recognizing the need to take all aspects of a student's well-being into account,” says Dr. Belnap. “Students cannot be expected to learn until their physical, behavioral, social, and emotional functioning are fully guided and managed. My goal is for students and families in Park City School District to learn to independently manage stress appropriately and access the resources available to them inside - and outside - the district.”


School Start Times Update

In the June 6 Special Regular Session, the Park City Board of Education unanimously passed a motion to go forward with planning to move to a later start time with a 2-bell schedule, and to work with Park City and Summit County on solutions for the traffic issues.

The target implementation for this is the 2018 - 2019 school year.

Start Times Survey Results

School Start Times Motion Specifics

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A number of decisions about what to do next, based on the information gathered in the meetings and surveys, will be made in an all-day Board of Education work session scheduled for March 15.

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