Utah education news

Granite School District readies tax hike to fund raises in teacher-retention race

The Granite Board of Education plans to raise property taxes this year to fund across-the-board pay raises for teachers and school administrators, the district announced Wednesday. Starting teaching salaries in the district will be bumped from $37,000 to $41,000, and current faculty members will receive a roughly 11.6 percent “market-based” raise, Granite spokesman Ben Horsley said. Amounts have not been ratified by members of the Granite Education Association, but Horsley expressed confidence... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

American Preparatory Academy's neighbors say the school erected a "spite fence" to silence critics

Good fences may make good neighbors, but a recently-erected construction barrier at American Preparatory Academy is adding to simmering tensions between the Draper charter school and nearby residents. Last Wednesday, homeowners Josh and Emily Aune hung a banner on their fence promoting ShameOnAPA.org, a website critical of American Preparatory Academy’s construction of a second campus on its Draper property. Their home is located next to the mouth of the school’s driveway on Lone Peak Parkway, ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

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...