The Park City Board of Education has unanimously reaffirmed the following grade realignment configuration:
- Preschool – 4 in lower elementary schools
- 5-6 in an upper elementary school
- 7-8 in a middle school
- 9-12 in our high school
You will find updates on this page as this process moves forward. For any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to email your Board representative.
An RFP was posted on March 2 for the architect and engineer for a 5-6 upper elementary school design. Next, PCSD expects the Board of Education to authorize a 5-6 Design Team to begin site designation and programming for the school. Potential sites include the Ecker Hill campus, property at Bear Hollow or space on the Kearns Campus. Decisions about location of the new elementary school will potentially be made by the end of this month, along with possible financing options. The process of the 5-6 Design Team will likely follow the blueprint of the HS Expansion Design Team.
The Board empowered Superintendent Conley to mobilize the administration team to move forward as if grade realignment will happen for the 2018 – 2019 school year. This means the administration’s focus is to get students, teachers and parents ready to realign. This includes transition teams to guide our families and extensive professional development for teachers and staff throughout the 2017-2018 school year.
The 5-8 Curriculum Task Force’s January presented its recommentation the Park City Board of Education. It can be found through these links:
Here’s what’s next in the Park City School District Realignment process:
The RFP posted on March 2 (for the architect and engineer for a 5-6 upper elementary school design) will close on March 10. PCSD expects the Board of Education to authorize a 5-6 Design Team to begin site designation and programming for the school.
- Ecker Hill Campus
- Kearns Campus
- Bear Hollow Property
5-6 Design Team
The process of the 5-6 Design Team will likely follow the blueprint of the HS Expansion Design Team. We will communicate who is on this facilities team when the Board authorizes its formation.
Park City School Board of Education Meetings (held at the District Office, 2700 Kearns Blvd.)
- Tuesday, March 7 –> Special Regular Session at 9 a.m.
- Tuesday, March 21 –> Regular Session at 4 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 4 –> Work Session at 9 a.m.
- Tuesday, April 18 –> Regular Session at 4 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 2 –> Work Session at 9 a.m.
Parents, Students and Community,
We (Board, administration and staff) are in full support of grade realignment — independent of when it is implemented. We will continue to keep you posted as the process moves forward; the PCHS Expansion, the 5-8 Curriculum Team’s findings of the ideal learning environment for middle-level learners, and discussions and decisions around realignment and bond timing.
It is evident we are a unified team in support of the middle level philosophy researched and recommended by our own team of Park City School District professionals, and it comes down to this: we need more space and appropriate facilities not only to manage our current, excellent programs, but also to accommodate anticipated future growth. Here’s what we will do to demonstrate that need:
- Middle Level Learning Philosophy Events (held February, 2017)
- Tours (for community and media) of ALL buildings during school hours: this will shine a bright light on the urgent need for our students (and programs) to have more space.
- Three of four elementary schools are at capacity and need additional rooms immediately
- TMJH is a building we are band-aiding year after year
- PCHS Expansion tours will show where options will go to ease overcrowding when our 9th graders are moved into the building
- Regular Board update emails and communications with links to relevant videos
A bit of great news – your voices are being heard! The Board listened to both benefits and concerns from staff and administration — and read dozens of emails from the community. We are working closely with Board members to demonstrate that all concerns, while valid, are not going to stop us from doing what’s best, academically, for our students. We will find answers and workable solutions. We continue to welcome your feedback and thoughts as we work to implement what we all know is best — realignment of our grades.
As we move toward that goal, funding is a big question mark. We must be sure our staff and our community are on board for the next bond attempt. As you know, we need all the support we can get as we ensure our students have access to the very best resources for learning, both in facilities and programs. We need your input: we need to make sure you know your questions are being heard, that we are providing solutions to your concerns and that you have complete understanding of this complex facility issue – we want you to be assured that we are taking the most thorough, thoughtful steps we possibly can.
The next big step: the Board has scheduled an additional work session to continue to outline details for realignment facility needs on Thursday, February 16 at 9:00 a.m., here at the District Office (2700 Kearns Blvd.). A change to the existing decision for grade realignment (scheduled for 2017-2018) is anticipated (but not certain).Here’s what that means: the Board could make a motion to rescind or amend the realignment decision with a 2017-2018 timeline. They could also make a motion to implement a Fall 2018 realignment implementation, although that may happen in a later meeting.
The next regular Board meeting is MONDAY, February 27 (not Tuesday, Feb. 28). This will be the public’s opportunity to give feedback (the public comment period begins at around 5:30 p.m.). However – WE WANT YOUR INPUT BEFORE THEN! Please send me an email or call me at 435.614.0234.
It seems highly likely that additional Board work sessions will be scheduled in March to review final costs and adjustments for the PCHS expansion and grade realignment timeline. Please stay involved. We value your opinions and input!
Ember Conley, EdD
Superintendent, Park City School District