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Publication of Park City School District

 

JANUARY 2022
 

En Español

WHAT'S INSIDE:

HIGHLIGHT -
Principal James Martin of Trailside Elementary School 

 
A warm welcome to new Trailside Elementary School’s new Principal, Dr. James (Jim) Martin! While he only started at TSES the fall of 2021, he is no stranger to the education field. Dr. Martin has been in education for 25 years, having been a principal for 10 of those years. He has also worked at the district office level as a supervisor of principals.

In his free time, Dr. Martin enjoys being involved in theatre as both a participant and an audience member. He even serves on the Board of a theatre company in Salt Lake. He loves to read and spend time with his family: his dad, his 18-year-old son, his two dogs and his cat Rosie.  

So far he has enjoyed his new role saying, “The families and children have been so welcoming!” Additionally, he commented on a few things he was proud of at TSES: “I am proud of how hard everyone works and the fact that we have been able to look at data and make needed improvements. I am also proud of the work we have done in creating a schoolwide mission statement and core values.”

Dr. Martin loves what he does and already knows about 80% of the students’ names at TSES. He says, “My goal is to make a positive difference every day.”

Impacts of Recent Bond Resolution


The school board’s passage of the bond resolution puts the district on the pathway to sell school bonds to the investor community as authorized in the bond proposition passed last November. The bond resolution establishes the parameters of the bond offering as well as introduces the district to the financial community.

The next steps in the process include an update to the district’s bond ratings with Fitch and with Moody’s. The district has been financially well managed and expects to receive favorable bond ratings. Better ratings result in better borrowing rates which in turn means lower cost to the district’s taxpayers to borrow money. 

In addition to the district’s bond rating, the district has also applied to the State of Utah Bond Guarantee program. The program provides investors a guarantee that the state will stand behind the district to assure bond payments. The Guarantee will allow the district to sell bonds under the state’s AAA bond rating. Bond rating interviews will take place the second week of January. The district expects to be able to offer bonds for sale later in January or early February.
 

What’s Next with Facilities?


New designs will reflect the functionality recommendations of key staff members and optimize the efficient use of the newly planned spaces. Challenges with meeting the aggressive energy efficiency goals are being met head-on, and fiscal constraints are being applied as building desires meet financial reality. By the end of January, the team hopes to produce semi-formalized plans that can be brought to market early to pre-empt the many national supply chain challenges these projects will surely face.

On January 12, progress to-date was shared with the public during the district’s first State of the District event.

Human Trafficking Prevention Training 


Human trafficking is occurring every day on a national and global level. Human trafficking involves the use of manipulation, deception, debt-bondage, force, fraud and coercion to exploit children and adults for labor and commercial sex acts against their will. Traffickers exploit individuals' vulnerabilities to hold men, women and children in situations of abuse, ultimately robbing them of their future. This crisis is largely a hidden crime. "[Traffickers] look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of social safety net, natural disasters or political instability. The trauma caused by the traffickers can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help," according to the Department of Homeland Security. 

Utah State Board of Education passed Utah Code 53G-9-201 that ensures all school staff complete mandatory Human Trafficking and Sex Abuse Prevention training. With the code comes an obligation for the school districts to provide training to parents as well. The PCSD has partnered with “3 Strands Global Foundation” which is one of two state-approved organizations to provide this training.

The PCSD offers this link to parents and guardians to complete the training and increase their knowledge of signs to look at regarding human trafficking and prevention. Utah is ranked #4 per capita for human trafficking, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, and we need to continue to be aware of what is happening in our own backyard.  
Parent/Guardian Training

Inaugural State of the District


On January 12, 2022, the Park City School District hosted its inaugural State of the District. We hope that you were able to attend the live presentation on Zoom. If you missed it, an audio recording is posted on the homepage of our district website along with our school district video: Who we are, where we've been and where we are going. 
www.pcschools.us/
 

We'd like to thank the community members who were able to attend and our entire community for your ongoing support for our students, the faces of our future.

2021/22 PCSD Calendar

www.pcschools.us/calendar/


 
For more information and frequent updates, please visit our website: https://www.pcschools.us/

Park City School District 
2700 Kearns Blvd.
Park City, UT  84060

Phone: 435.645.5600
Fax: 435.645.5609

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