Utah education news

District approves $2.5 million demolition of Granite High School

The century-old Granite High School campus in South Salt Lake is facing its final days after a $2.55 million demolition contract was approved by Granite School District on Tuesday. District spokesman Ben Horsley said demolition is likely to begin in August after work on asbestos mitigation has been completed. Granite High School opened in 1907 and has been closed since 2009. Over the last decade, various proposals have been floated to preserve the school’s iconic structures. But after an $11.6 m...

Salt Lake City schools hopes to retain $8M in property taxes after equalization 'quirk' ends

Property owners throughout Salt Lake County will face tax adjustments this year after a 7-year-old school equalization law expires. In most cases, the changes will be negligible, such as the estimated 55-cent annual tax break that Granite School District administrators say average homeowners there will receive. But in Canyons and Salt Lake City school districts, combined effects from the changes are putting millions of dollars at stake as the byzantine revenue-sharing system among districts is... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

'Orange Is the New Black' actress to speak at SLCC commencement

Actress Diane Guerrero, known for her roles in “Orange Is the New Black” and “Jane the Virgin,” will give the keynote address at Salt Lake Community College’s May commencement ceremony, the school announced Friday. Guerrero was named a White House ambassador for citizenship and naturalization in 2015 and is an advocate for immigration reform. Born in New Jersey and raised in Boston, Guerrero has spoken publicly about her experience remaining in the United States after her Colombian parents were... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Navajo Mountain robotics team headed to championships for first time

The Navajo Mountain High School robotics team qualified to compete in the FIRST Robotics Championships in Houston, Texas – an accomplishment the newly formed team never anticipated. The team is looking to raise about $11,000 to travel and compete in the championship, taking place April 19-22 in Houston. The team secured their spot in the championship after winning the Rookie All Star Award at the Idaho Regional FIRST Robotics Competition March 31- April 1 in Boise, Idaho. Team members from the r...

30 students quarantined after charter school with lower vaccination rate gets hit by whooping cough

Spring break came early at Murray’s American International School of Utah, but the holiday will be full of sick days for several students and faculty members. Administrators closed the charter school Friday, ahead of a scheduled recess next week, after an outbreak of pertussis — also known as whooping cough — led to roughly 30 students being quarantined and hundreds of absences. “Understandably there are some concerned parents,” AISU operations director Kelly Casaday said, “and our absentee ra...

Mid-career teachers feel overlooked in proposed Jordan School District salary plan

Teachers in Jordan School District got their first look this week at a proposed overhaul of educator pay, and not everyone is pleased. The Jordan teacher’s union is currently shopping the salary reform package to its members, in anticipation of a vote by the district school board later this month. The plan would pump nearly $10 million of new cash into teacher compensation. But informational meetings have reportedly generated pushback from rank-and-file educators, who worry that the focus on e...

University of Utah announces plans for varsity esports team

The University of Utah will be the nation’s first Power Five conference program to offer a varsity esports team — student athletes competing in video and computer games just like their counterparts on the court and field. Angela Klingsieck says she doesn’t want the U.’s pioneering move into the world of esports to remain unique for long — instead she hopes that universities embrace gaming as an obvious addition to NCAA standbys like football and basketball. “I don’t think it should be odd th...

Construction ban lifted for Draper charter school

American Preparatory Academy in Draper was given the green light Tuesday to resume construction of its new high school campus. The Utah Board of Education issued a stop-work order last week until the state fire marshal could approve an emergency access route the charter school created by purchasing a nearby residential property and converting its driveway into a construction entrance. Without that driveway, American Preparatory Academy’s property is landlocked, forcing it to rely on an easemen... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Utah LGBT-rights group plans to negotiate school lawsuit

SALT LAKE CITY • An LGBT-rights group says it plans to start negotiating with Utah officials about a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on the “advocacy of homosexuality” in schools. State lawmakers recently approved a measure that gets rid of this ban. It is expected to go into effect in May. Equality Utah’s Troy Williams said on Monday that they plan to talk with the attorney general’s office and the state’s board of education to make sure all of Utah’s school districts will implement the pol...

Regents hike tuition at Utah's colleges and universities

Utah’s Board of Regents voted unanimously on Friday to raise tuition by an average of 3.4 percent. The change will cost college and university students in the state an extra $80 to $290 next year, depending on their school. “All of us are concerned that tuition remain as low as possible,” Regents vice-chair France Davis said. “But it is out of necessity that we find ourselves having to deal with recommendations for increases.” Each of the eight campuses in the Utah System of Higher Education w...

American Preparatory Academy ordered to halt construction of Draper high school campus

A Draper charter school’s attempt to open a new high school this fall was hit with a one-two punch this week. Third District Judge Su Chon ruled Tuesday that American Preparatory Academy’s property falls short of a nearby roadway. On Thursday, the school was ordered to halt construction on its new high school campus until the state fire marshal can sign off on an emergency access route that reaches the site through a nearby residential neighborhood. “They were sent a stop-work order this morni...

Herbert completes 2017 bill signings during visit to Riverton middle school

Riverton • Before adding his signature to the final bills of the 2017 legislative session on Wednesday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert donned a pair of rainbow-colored safety goggles and took a robot for a spin. Touring Oquirrh Hills Middle School, Herbert visited members of the school’s Velocity Raptors robotics team, who handed the controls to their competition machine over to the governor for an attempt at scooping up a blue exercise ball. Herbert was able to line the robot up with its target. But a...

College tuition proposed to go up by 3.4 percent across Utah

Students at Utah’s public colleges and universities will likely pay an extra $80 to $290 in tuition next year. Agenda materials released Tuesday show the Board of Regents will consider an average 3.4 percent tuition bump at Utah’s eight campuses during the board’s Friday meeting in St. George. The proposal includes a hike of 2.5 percent at all campuses, known as “tier 1 “ tuition. And four schools are requesting individual, or “tier 2,” increases ranging from an additional 1 percent at Weber S...

No vote on teacher salary boost, reform as Jordan School District continues negotiations

A proposed overhaul of Jordan School District’s salary system wasn’t finished in time for Tuesday’s school board meeting. But school board and union representatives say negotiations are ongoing and expected to be completed in the coming weeks. “I can’t imagine it’s going to go past April 25,” school board president Janice Voorhies said, referring to the board’s next scheduled meeting. “You’ll probably be able to hear us cheering when we finish.” The district is looking to fund across-the-board...

Member of the state charter school board resigns abruptly over scheduling conflict, says not tied to lawsuit

Rob Enger, a member of the state charter school board since 2012, resigned abruptly Thursday in an email to his board colleagues. Enger’s resignation letter, obtained through a records request, did not state his reason for quitting the board, a subsidiary panel to the Utah Board of Education that oversees charter schools. “I know that it probably can’t come at a worse time, since [American Preparatory Academy] is on the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting and I was quite honestly looking forward to f...

Medical tech, 'hip' fanny pack designs among ideas vying for $100K in college entrepreneur challenge

Jarred awake by their infant daughter’s oxygen alarm, the couple raced into her bedroom to find the plastic tubing connected to the tank wrapped tightly around her neck. They unwound it, saving her from suffocation, but that scare showed that the basic oxygen tube was no longer an appropriate way to treat their daughter’s infant sleep apnea. The problem is that other options are either more cumbersome or expensive, said Jared Bruton, a Brigham Young University student pursuing a master’s degree...

Disaster simulation offers residents a trial run at community chaos

At 4:48 a.m. Saturday, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake shook Mountain Town, USA, damaging roads and homes, knocking out power and cell phone service, and causing flooding due to a water main break. By 6 a.m., the governor had declared a state of emergency, and volunteers and relief organizations were working to set up shelters, distribute resources and provide medical care to the injured. “We’ve lost our daughter,” said Grace McMullin. “Roads are down. Phones are down.” Of course, there is no Mounta...

New concerns surface as Vineyard charter school reports on probation status

Representatives of Vineyard’s Franklin Discovery Academy drew additional scrutiny on Friday as they gave their first report since the school was placed on probation. Last month, the state charter school questioned whether the school should continue to operate due to concerns of student safety, operational dysfunction and financial mismanagement, and gave Franklin Discovery administrators until June to resolve those concerns. On Friday, the school’s monthly presentation sparked a debate over a p...

Utah Charter School Board votes to stay out of Draper property dispute

Utah’s state Charter School Board won’t take part in an ongoing legal dispute between Draper’s American Preparatory Academy and a neighboring industrial park. The school’s governing board, Utah Charter Academies, had asked the state Charter School Board to intervene on its behalf and use the legal power of eminent domain to condemn and claim a narrow piece of land that blocks access to American Preparatory Academy’s parking lot. But after more than an hour of closed-door debate, charter board... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Dispute over Utah charter school property forcing question of eminent domain authority

A Utah charter school group is asking the state charter school board to settle a longstanding property dispute through eminent domain. The board is scheduled to discuss Friday whether to intervene in the conflict over road access on behalf of Utah Charter Academies, which oversees the American Preparatory Academy network of charter schools. At issue is a narrow strip of land in Draper that runs along the south side of an American Preparatory Academy parcel and renders it functionally landlocked...

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