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Sadie Riel awarded grand prize for 2017 Teacher Feature By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com


GTI teacher Sadie Riel won the Zions Bank, KSL 2017 Teacher Feature grand prize, a two-year car lease courtesy of Burt Brothers Tires. (Aspen Perry/City Journals)

the process in recognizing the quality teachers out there,” said Adam Young, communications officer with Zions Bank during the grand prize reception. In accordance with the KSL Teacher Feature nomination page, from September through June, winning teachers are announced on KSL’s Utah’s Morning News with Brian Martin and Amanda Dickson. Upon winning, each teacher is given a plaque from Zions Bank, an overnight stay at the Anniversary Inn, certificate for dinner at The Roof, a pair of season tickets to Hale

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Centre Theatre, as well as being invited to the end-of-year banquet held at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, and being entered into the grand-prize drawing for a two-year car lease courtesy of Burt Brothers Tire and Services. Burt Brothers began their partnership with the Teacher Feature grand prize award six years ago and is an event the sons of the original Burt Brothers—who now run the family-owned company—look forward to each year. “Our favorite thing is seeing the reaction from the students, and from the teacher,


xcitement was in the air on May 11 as the students of Sadie Riel, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) teacher at Granite Technical Institute, surrounded what Riel would soon find out was her new car. “Seeing my students out there made it so special, and seeing how excited they were for me was the icing on the cake,” said Riel. Peggy Ayers, mother of one of Riel’s EMT students, Luke Ayers, nominated Riel for the KSL Teacher Feature award in an effort to recognize Riel for going above and beyond for her son. “What I most admire about Mrs. Riel is her ability to go beyond the mark for her students. Her example of reaching out… was more than any parent could ask,” Ayers said. Riel reached out to Ayers, asking how she could help Luke, upon learning he had tried to take his own life during his senior year of the EMT course at GTI. With Luke’s permission, Riel was able to share his story with other students. This led to Riel printing 80 individual cards for students to write “heartfelt” inspirational messages that Luke’s parents delivered to him in the hospital. As Ayers wrote in her nomination letter to KSL, Luke turned out to be one of six other students during that year who had attempted taking their own life. In the letter Ayers praises Riel for her continued effort and dedication to ensuring Luke had all he needed to earn his certification. “By never giving up on our son, Sadie Riel not only taught him how to save lives in a classroom setting, she put her lessons into action by helping him save his own life emotionally,” Ayers wrote. Each year, KSL receives thousands of letters nominating outstanding teachers throughout Utah. Those letters are then read by a panel of judges from KSL NewsRadio, Zions Bank, and the Utah State Office of Education. “Zions Bank has enjoyed being part of

they’ve all been so humble and deserving, and it’s really fun for us to honor (them),” said Brandon Burt of Burt Brothers. For Riel, being a teacher is most rewarding because she is able to make a real difference and always keeps in mind that all her students are going through something that is big to them. “I love teaching because it allows me the opportunity, every single day, to change someone’s life,” Riel said. “I’m glad I get to be with them to go through learning different life lessons. It is so fun to see them succeed.” 

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he South Salt Lake City Council accepted the tentative budget for the capital improvements fund, $2,390,000 in the water utility fund, fiscal year 2017-18. The budget was presented to and accepted by $2,221,000 in the sewer utility fund, $505,000 in the solid waste water council during the April 26 meeting. collection fund, $1,650,500 in the ambulance services fund, $141,000 in The tentative budget was presented by South Salt Lake Director of the housing fund and $642,000 in the insurance reserve fund. Finance Kyle Kershaw, who said it was a tough budget to compile for a Kershaw pointed out specific parts of the budget, including number of reasons, first being money is always an issue. highlighting the step increase in pay for public safety employees and “This budget reflects our first year of having a significant reduced public employees. amount of sales tax probably by half a million dollars. We expected that. “Employee benefits rise as employee salary rise because so many We planned for that,” Kershaw said. “We knew this year there was going benefits are a percentage of salary but one thing we feel great about is to be that dip in it. Next year, we’re hoping that it recovers.” two years ago on our medical insurance we had a zero percent increase,” In addition, Kershaw said Mayor Cherie Wood had heard the city Kershaw said. “One year ago, we had a zero percent increase. Coming up council’s desire for raises for the for fiscal year 2018, we were given city’s employees. The raises were a four percent increase. That’s about included for public safety and a 1.33 percent increase per year public employees. over the last three years.” “With the revenue dip and Kershaw said there was a big raises, that created some challenges increase to the general fund by that we tried to address. That’s one about $2.4 million in Class C funds, reason why this budget was tough. which will fund construction and And they’re tough every year,” “We knew this year there was going to be that dip in it. street maintenance projects. Kershaw said. “The requests far “They’ve been delaying them Next year, we’re hoping that it recovers.” exceed the resources.” and we’re going to be getting to The other reason the budget them this year,” Kershaw said. was difficult to put together was According to Kershaw, there the finance department began working with other departments on the were some major issues in the capital improvements fund that will budget around mid-February, right when the announcement of a potential require further discussions and conversations. One of the issues is a fund homeless shelter site was announced by the state. exchange with Salt Lake County of about $725,000 for the Fitts Park site. “The departments were plowing along, getting the information Another issue Kershaw brought up that he felt there needed to be more to us and then we had the whole homeless shelter issue that hijacked conversation about was Wood’s request to include $300,000 extra to the everybody’s time for about six to eight weeks,” Kershaw said. “Not only ambulance service fund to retrofit the ambulance rigs. once the decision was made in the two to three weeks since that, a lot “I know there’s another discussion still in process and what the of staff time has been on preparing responses and our reactions to the mayor did say any work will not commence until there’s authorization homeless shelter situations.” from the city council,” Kershaw said. Kershaw said with the added distraction of helping with the Kershaw warned the council the sewer fund will have to change after homeless shelter issue, the budget was put together by staff who found the budget is adopted because of the changes happening at the Central bits of time to do so. However, he felt they still did a comprehensive and Valley Water Reclamation Facility. conscientious job. “The sewer fund will change but this is the best we have right According to Kershaw, the overall tentative budget for fiscal year now,” Kershaw said. “We don’t even have any of the big bond costs or 2017-18 is around $44 million. This included $29,899,210 in the general acquisitions because we’re not sure on the timing from Central Valley of fund, $331,000 in the leased equipment debt service, $6,049,500 in when projects are going to start and when the bonds will fund.” 

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Rabies clinic to help protect area residents, pets from disease By Brian Shaw | brian.shaw@mycityjournals.com


n what stands to be a busy weekend for South Salt Lake residents with the annual Huck Finn Day taking place as well, the SSL Animal Shelter also plans to put on a rabies clinic Sat. June 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its building on 2274 S. 600 West. According to Debbie Pedersen, Animal Services supervisor for the city’s shelter, the clinic they’re putting on in June is not only important, it’s necessary in order for area pets to be out of harm’s way as well as the humans who live around these animals. “The vaccine is our best fight against the rabies virus and we do have rabies in Utah,” said Pedersen. “It’s mainly seen in bats and even in the valley we had a positive rabid skunk test in the Ogden area about two years ago.” The reason the vaccine is important is rather simple in theory. According to a recent study by the National Institutes of Health, animals who receive rabies vaccines before they contract the disease stand a far greater chance of survival than those who don’t. “Inactivated rabies vaccines have been used to pioneer the immunological and economical advantages of intradermal (ID) administration over 35 years,” the study stated.

Pets wait for rabies vaccinations. (Steve Baker)

Rabies is an “infectious viral disease that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals. People get rabies from the bite of an infected animal. Any wild mammals, including raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes or bats, can

have rabies and transmit it to humans.” It is also possible, but quite rare, according to Pedersen, “for people to get rabies if infectious material from rabid animal, such as saliva, gets directly into the eyes, nose, mouth

or a wound.” Pedersen added that one bite from an infected animal can be fatal to both pets and humans. Therefore, she said it’s incumbent on area residents to act before things get out of hand. “It is a virus that is contagious to humans and is deadly to all mammals,” added Pedersen. “It’s transmitted by blood and saliva contact from the animal to the human or animal to animal.” For pet owners, getting the shot makes sense. Pedersen said that at a cost of just $15 for spayed/neutered animals and $40 for those pets non-spayed or non-neutered, it’s reasonable— not to mention the staff will be on hand to support area residents through what she termed will be a rather efficient process. “Depending on how many people we have—this is our second year doing it and we try to do it twice annually—you come to the shelter, fill out the paperwork and stand in line for about 15 minutes. There’s just a short wait and we have a local veterinarian administer the injection.” For more information, contact the shelter at 801-483-6024. 



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SUMMERFEST AND MORE: 14 Salt Lake County festivals to check out this summer By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com


t’s summertime, and that means Salt Lake County cities are gearing up for their biggest celebrations of the year. From Draper Days to West Valley’s WestFest, here’s a chronological list of festivals to help you get your sun days on.

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SoJo Summerfest | May 31–June 3 Last year, South Jordan’s summer festival came back with a new name, SoJo Summerfest, instead of its traditional Country Fest title. “It’s all part of trying to meet the need of the community,” Melinda Seager, South Jordan’s acting director of administrative services said about the change last year. “The community is ever-changing, and the festival is too.” Featured events on June 3 include a traditional parade followed by an all-day outdoor market and a brand-new event—SoJo Summerfest Battle of the Bands—from 4 to 10 p.m. Two age groups will be performing, amateur (under 18) and professional (over 18), and the winners from each group will get a paid gig at South Jordan’s Tour of Utah Kickoff Party on Aug. 2. For a full list of events visit sjc.utah.gov/ sojosummerfest/. Fort Herriman PRCA Rodeo | June 2–3 While most of Herriman’s summer activities will occur at the end of the month, its rodeo comes a little earlier this year. Visit herriman. org/prca-rodeo/ for more information. WestFest | June 15–18 West Valley’s annual WestFest intends to celebrate the various cultural backgrounds of its residents through communal activities. Held at Centennial Park, 5415 West 3100 South, WestFest will offer multicultural entertainment, international cuisine and artisans, crafters and hobbyist booths from many demographics. A carnival, movie under the stars, West Valley Symphony concert, police K-9 demonstration and firework demonstration are also part of the schedule. Visit westfest.org for specific dates and times of each event. Taylorsville Dayzz | June 22–24 From tribute bands to camel rides, Taylorsville’s summer festival promises diverse activities. Carnival games and rides will run all three days, and each evening a free concert will be offered. IMAGINE, a Beatles tribute band, will perform with the Utah Symphony & Cannons on June 22; Lisa McClowry’s rock the ‘80s show will hit the stage on June 23, and Celine Dion and Neil Diamond tribute singers Brigitte Valdez and Jay White will perform the final Taylorsville Dayzz 2017 concert on June 24. Taylorsville’s celebration is also one of the

South Salt Lake Public Works drives a float during the city’s annual summer celebration. (South Salt Lake City)

few that offers fireworks on two nights (June 23 and 24). For the most updated information, follow Taylorsville Dayzz on Facebook. Fort Herriman Days | June 22–24 Fort Herriman Days held at the W&M Butterfield Park, 6212 West 14200 South, may be shorter than some other town celebrations, but the city crams a lot of activities into those three days. June 22 will feature carnival rides, a children’s parade, food trucks, an animal show and a magician show. June 23 will feature a carnival, water games, food booths, a foam party, a hypnotist show and a movie in the park at dusk. The last night of the festival includes races, a parade, more carnival games, a car show, live entertainment from the band Groove Merchants and fireworks. Exact times of events can be found at https://www.herriman.org/fort-herriman-days/. Riverton Town Days | June 29–July 4 A tradition since the early 1900s, Riverton’s Town Days is back again for 2017. The festival’s traditions include the Riverton Rodeo, July 3 parade, haystack dives and more, but there are several newer items coming to the celebration this year, too. Last year the city swapped out a traditional carnival with an inflatable “Fun Zone” that includes slides, zip lines, obstacle courses and boxing. This relatively new zone will find its place at the Riverton City Park, 1452 West 12800 South, again this year. The city’s recreation department is also offering mechanical bull

rides, pony rides and a petting zoo before the rodeo on June 30 and July 1. Events pick up again on July 3 with the Town Days Parade that ends at the Riverton City Park where food and activity vendors will be on site prior to a movie showing in the park. On Independence Day, Riverton will be hopping with activities from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. From races to free swimming to sports competitions, the celebration will keep going until sundown when residents will gather in the park to watch the annual firework show. Visit rivertoncity.com for more information. Stampede Days | June 30–July 4 West Jordan’s festival is centered around its rodeo, the Western Stampede. The rodeo runs on July 1, 3 and 4 at the rodeo arena located at 8035 South 2200 West. Other recurring events throughout the stampede include a carnival and photo scavenger hunt at Veterans Memorial Park, 8030 South 1825 West. The Independence Day celebration will also include a parade at 10:30 a.m., pie eating contest at 1 p.m., band concert at 1:30 p.m., movie in the park at dusk and a firework finale at 10 p.m. For a full and up-to-date list of activities, visit westernstampede.com. Fun Days | July 4 Murray City’s 58th annual Fun Days celebration at the Murray Park, 296 East Murray Park Ave. offers Salt Lake County residents with yet another set of Independence Day activity options. continued on next page…

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The day will start out with a sunrise service and will end with community members looking into the sky once again for a firework display. In the middle of those two bookends, the city will offer a breakfast, a 5k race, a children’s race, a parade, games and a talent show. Visit murray. utah.gov for more info. July 4th Parade and Festival | July 4 South Salt Lake residents and others will gather at Fitts Park, 3050 South 500 East, on Independence Day for a patriotic celebration. A fun run kicks off the day’s activities at 8 a.m., followed by a parade at 9:30 a.m. and a festival from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Check southsaltlakecity.com for more information. Sandy City 4th of July | July 4 This one-day celebration consists of vendors and a parade. Details are still being worked out. Visit sandy.utah.gov mid-June when more information becomes available. Draper Days | July 6–8, 11–15 Traditions like the Draper Days Rodeo, Draper Idol, a children’s parade, the Heritage Banquet, movies at the amphitheater and the Draper Days Parade are almost here. The eight-day Draper Days festivities tout activities for people of all ages, and even dogs. A Splash Dogs Jumping competition will hit the Draper City Park (12450 South 1300 East) on July 14 and 15. Human competitions, like a strider bike race, three-on-three basketball tournament and 5k race, will also abound. Check out a full list of activities at draperdays.org. Butlerville Days | July 21–22 Cottonwood Heights’ website boast about its Butlerville Days, named after the Butler family who originally settled the area, saying it will have the “most mouth-watering fare you can

Andrew K. Moore, MD Community members gather at Taylorsville Dayzz 2015. (Taylorsville City)

imagine” and “the best firework show in the Salt Lake Valley.” Don’t believe it? Head over to the Butler Park to find out. The festival will also offer a carnival, chalk art festival, free bingo and the Mayor’s Cup Pickleball Tournament. More info can be found at cottonwoodheights.utah.gov. Old West Days RMPRA Rodeo | July 28–29 While the majority of Bluffdale’s Old West Days celebration will occur the second week of August, its rodeo kicks off Bluffdale’s celebration at the end of July. Visit bluffdaleoldwestdays.com for more information. Harvest Days | Aug. 1–6 Midvale’s Harvest Days provides resident an outlet to celebrate their city in small black party groups and larger communitywide events. For a list of block party activities, visit midvaleharvestdays.com. The communitywide events include an art show, a group breakfast, a parade, live band performances and fireworks—quite an expansion from the humble

West Valley City’s WestFest will return on June 15. (Kevin Conde/West Valley City)

first Harvest Days celebration in 1938 that was based off the parade. Blue Moon Arts Festival | Aug. 5 Holladay doesn’t have a weeklong festival like some cities. Instead, the city hosts smaller celebrations all summer long with its concerts in the park series. Holladay Arts also hosts an evening music and artist festival called the Blue Moon Arts Festival. This year, the festival will feature the Joe Muscolino Band. The band performs a wide range of covers from Frank Sinatra to today’s pop hits. Other musicians and artists will be selected by June 30. In addition to live music, the event will feature culinary and traditional arts vendors. Visit holldayarts.org for more information. Old West Days | Aug. 7–12 Bluffdale’s weeklong festival is “like turning back the clock,” according to volunteer coordinator Connie Pavlakis. The Westernthemed celebration is highlighted by its ‘“Chuck Wagon” food cart and wooden facades that pay tribute to the city’s pioneer roots. The prices are also old-fashioned. With $10, a child can play every carnival game to win prizes, ride an inflatable water slide and buy lunch. The prices are possible because Bluffdale relies solely on volunteers to put the event together. Because it’s one of the later summer festivals, exact times and events have not yet been publicly announced, but the celebration has consisted of monster truck shows, concerts and car shows in the past. Check bluffdaleoldwestdays.com for updates. More to come Still not partied out? Don’t worry. Sandy’s Heritage Festival; Riverton’s Home, Hand and Harvest market; the South Jordan’s farmers’ market; and Herriman’s Pumpkin Festival are just around the corner. Keep reading your City Journal for updates. 

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Carpe Di End The TLC grant will allow South Salt Lake to finally develop a mobility master plan. (Wasatch Front Regional Council)

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he Wasatch Front Regional Council awarded South Salt Lake City a Transportation and Land Use Connection grant in late April. The TLC grants are made available through a partnership with Salt Lake County, the Utah Transit Authority and the Utah Department of Transportation whose purpose is to help communities promote better connections between transportation and land use. South Salt Lake plans on using their grant to develop a mobility master plan. When South Salt Lake City Engineer Dennis Pay began his job 11 years ago, he looked for any type of master plan but he was never able to find any kind of transportation master plan. “We’ve been working with the council to fund a transportation master plan for quite a while. This was an opportunity to be able to leverage our city funds to be able to do a more comprehensive transportation master plan,” Pay said. “Our local match is about $40,000 and we were awarded about $80,000.” According to Pay, the mobility master plan will look at all forms of transportation, including pedestrians, bikes, cars and transit and will also examine infrastructure improvements on sidewalks and streets in general. “Some of those things like bus and rail are out of our hands and take coordination with UTA (Utah Transit Authority). We want to be ahead of the game so that when we have anticipated redevelopment or growth we can intelligently discuss those issues with whatever entity we are dealing with, like UDOT (Utah Department of Transportation) or UTA. Many times this will require us to coordinate with adjacent communities like West Valley, Salt Lake City, and now Millcreek.” Pay said.. “Many times, it would also require us to coordinate with some of our adjacent communities like West Valley and Salt Lake and now Millcreek.” While the city does have a general plan and that general plan does have a transportation element involved, Pay said it’s not very specific. The plan is to take those elements and create something more specific and in-depth that includes the current transportation options in South Salt Lake. Pay believes the city currently has a good grid system but with the master plan, they want to make sure they have a good handle on what vehicular traffic looks like in the city and see if there are ways to improve it or make it more efficient. He

said there is also more and more demand for bike lanes and bicycle facilities in the city. “We want to try to incorporate bike lanes onto city streets where it’s safe and where it makes sense; and make a more bicycle friendly system within the city,” Pay said. South Salt Lake also has a lot of residents who use transit. Pay said building connections between pedestrian facilities and transit is critical to the master plan. “There are places where there are gaps in sidewalks and maybe there are places where crosswalks need to be done to make better connections between our bus and rail services in South Salt Lake for the people who are using them and make it easier for those people to use,” Pay said. “Also, an important part of the plan is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We need to make sure our sidewalks and pedestrian ramps are accessible and meet ADA requirements.” The mobility master plan will also take into consideration any trails that go through the city. South Salt Lake has some links to the Jordan River Parkway Trail and when Parley’s Trail comes into the city, they will have to figure out how best to accommodate that. “We want to try and tie into those systems as well,” Pay said. “Make sure those are integrated with what we’re trying to do.” Currently, the city is in the process of signing letters of concurrence and receiving an invoice for their local match from the Wasatch Front Regional Council. “Once we get that we’ll put together a request for proposals and hire a consultant team to start working on the project.” Pay said. “It will probably take a couple months. I would like to be started sometime in July.” The Wasatch Front Regional Council has allowed the city until January 2019 to complete the project but Pay believes they’ll be done sooner. “I think that this is something that we’ve needed to do for a long time and hopefully when we’re done, we’ll have a healthy idea of where we are and where we need to go to improve the mobility and transportation options and facilities in South Salt Lake,” Pay said. For more information about the Wasatch Front Regional Council Transportation and Land Use Connection grant, visit http://www.wfrc.org 

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Huck Finn Day lets South Salt Lake kids fish in an urban setting By Brian Shaw | brian.shaw@mycityjournals.com


hanks to the Department of Wildlife Resources, South Salt Lake residents will be able to participate in the annual Huck Finn Day yet again this year, according to Myrna Clark, recreation deputy director for South Salt Lake. On June 10, from 9 a.m. until noon at Fitts Park, 3050 S. 500 East, DWR officials and city recreation department employees will hand out fishing rods and bait hooks and assist in giving kids ages 12 and under the opportunity to catch a few fish. Last year, Clark said more than 200 people attended the free event. This year, she added that DWR officials will stock the stream at the park with rainbow trout. “Prizes will be given for the first fish caught, the biggest fish and the smallest fish,” said Clark, who added that a watermelon drop will also take place. “The South Salt Lake fire truck will hoist a guest up in the bucket and they will get a chance to drop two watermelons,” she added.

To entice those participating in the watermelon drop, Clark said that this year, “everyone has the opportunity to guess how far the water melon will splat. Prize will be awarded to the one who guesses the closest and will have their name engraved on a plaque that is displayed at the Columbus Center.” For the kids, they will have an opportunity to catch up to four rainbow trout during the three-hour event. With the forecast typically clear for the first or second week in June and with school nearing its end, Clark said she anticipates a good turnout this year. “It varies each year depending on the weather the day before and on the day of the event. But, the hope is that more people come this year than last year,” she said. In addition to Huck Finn Day, Clark said registration is now open for the annual 5K/Fun Run on July 4. New among the prizes given out at the run is a free hotel stay compliments of the Crystal Inn. 

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Talent on display at District Junior High art show

Cottonwood High School’s Yuri Perez awarded teacher of the year

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District wide artwork on display at Granite Education Center for district art show. (Aspen Perry/City Journals.)


tudents and parents filled the Granite Education Center on April 19 for the junior high district art show. This show is an event students look forward to all year. “Students start asking me almost immediately when the art shows will take place,” said Chris Wightman, art teacher for Wasatch Junior High. The process of narrowing down which art will be presented is not an easy task. Depending on the school, before competing in the district wide art show students submit their artwork, which is presented and judged in an art show at their school. Even for the schools that hold their in-school art shows after the district show, art teachers have the difficult task of selecting which art pieces are allowed to move to the district level, as Sutton Morgan, Evergreen Junior High art teacher explained. “Each participating school is limited to 50 pieces of art, so each school has to select what they are going to bring within that limit.” Morgan further added, “I try and select a range of different types of work from different classes and grade levels to show.” It would seem the teachers look forward to the event as much, if not more, than their students. “I love the excitement that exists at the artist reception, as students, families, and friends celebrate art,” said Kaitlin Baer, who teaches art at Olympus Junior High. Baer continued, “My favorite part of any art show, but especially a junior high art show, is watching artists when they walk in and see their work on the wall… It is so rewarding to see them recognize just what great work they have created.” Though the art show takes place in the spring there are some students who begin working on their pieces as early as June the year before. For some schools, the show represents an entire year’s worth of work, though depending on the school curriculum schedule for other schools the art may be representative of a semester. “My students have been working on their art since mid-January,” said Melina Tomeo, art

teacher with Bennion Junior High. Art for the district show is based on the following categories for 3D: best of show, wheel thrown ceramics, hand-built ceramics, tile/glass/ jewelry, sculpture, commercial art, graphics, and mixed-media. In the 2D category, the following art mediums were ranked: best of show, blackand- white drawing, color drawing, transparent painting, opaque painting, and photography. Wasatch Junior High collected the most awards, which totaled 15 and included: 2D best of show, first place in 3D sculpture, opaque painting, and photography, and one honorable mention. Although Wasatch collected the most district awards, first place was awarded to students in several Granite District schools including: Bennion, Churchill, Evergreen, Granite Park, Kennedy, Matheson, Olympus, and Wasatch. During the district art show, all students who placed came up to receive certificates, prizes, and applause from parents, teachers, and classmates. Students who placed in the top five spots received arts supplies based on the category they won, such as clay with tools, canvas and paints, or pencils, to name a few. Even students awarded honorable mention received a prize that was later distributed by their teachers in their school. Though placing in the art show has the obvious perks, for students and teachers art means much more than winning awards. “For some (art) is the best place to develop critical thinking, creativity, and confidence. So, for them, it actually means more,” said Wightman. Wightman, who has been teaching for 17 years, said he experiences joy knowing both his and his students’ work in the art class can go beyond the classroom and make a real difference in their lives. “Even better, is when I hear from kids or parents years later, to thank me for helping them start the journey that led them to a career in art, or helping them believe in themselves,” Wightman said. 

District wide artwork on display at Granite Education Center for district art show. (Aspen Perry/City Journals.)

Cottonwood High School math and life science teacher, Yuri Perez, was awarded teacher of the year by South Salt Lake for his outstanding work as an educator. “Mr. Perez is kind, tolerant, and a true inspiration in the lives of hundreds of students,” said Terri Roylance, principal of Cottonwood High School. Born in Chile, Perez’s family moved to Argentina due to political persecution. Perez moved to the United States in 1990, after completing medical school with the intent to learn about American health care practices. “I wanted to learn about the American health care methodology and see if that could be applied in Argentina,” said Perez. However, upon his arrival Perez learned his plans to practice medicine in the states were not going to be possible, as his Argentinian diploma would not be recognized here. Additionally, he would not be able to return to Argentina. “The political instability in my country become so bad that I could not go back there without putting my family or my own future at risk,” Perez said. Perez was accepted into Brigham Young University and decided to study health promotion and education, a degree that led to his first position at Heritage School, a treatment center for at-risk teenagers. From there, Perez gained experience with the various student populations in Granite District when he was in charge of the educational programs for tobacco and drug prevention. It was not until he helped fill in for a teacher on leave of absence that Perez realized how much he enjoyed teaching. “I loved teaching, being there with the students, as well as receiving so much back from them. I had to seek a permanent position… I was blessed enough to be accepted,” Perez said. It would seem his colleagues feel equally fortunate to have Perez at Cottonwood High School. When Assistant Principal Michael Miller was asked about Perez’s strengths, he responded, “The real question is… Does he

have a weakness?” Miller further said, “Mr. Perez is great in all aspects of education… he is very patient, he helps students in after-school programs, and many nights his classroom light is on well after 6 p.m.” Miller also explained how Perez’s history is a real asset for understanding his students’ lives both inside and outside of the classroom. During a Thursday math lesson, Perez broke away briefly from the lesson after a student mixed up their words, to tell of his experience with the English language and how he often confused “awesome” and “awful”, and mistakenly told a friend’s family their dinner was awful. His students laugh perhaps not realizing Perez’s retelling of the event is not only meant to show he can relate to their own language barriers, but also includes how Perez used facial cues to quickly correct his mistake. From there the lesson plan picks up where it left off. Despite the class being 10 minutes away from the bell signifying lunch time, students were actively engaged in the lesson. Though Cottonwood High School has recently become known for its challenges with the changing demographic. In response to many east side residents—within school boundaries— sending their kids to private school or receiving special permit to attend Olympus; Granite District has pulled students from throughout the valley to fill the school. But for the east side kids who remained at Cottonwood there is a real benefit, both in cultural and academic learning. As Perez explained, despite it being a transition, when given the opportunity to work together, the results are incredible. “The South Salt Lake students don’t want to merely be the recipients of pity, and the Holladay students many times are too afraid of offending or feeling awkward around another culture… but when they realize those are kids with the same expectations and feelings the rest is just a process of observing and being amazed.” 


June 2017 Cherie Wood, Mayor 801-464-6757 mayor@sslc.com

South Salt Lake City Council Members Ben B. Pender, District 1 801- 580-0339 bpender@sslc.com Kevin Rapp, District 2 801-485-5817 kdrapp@sslc.com Sharla Beverly, District 3 801-803-4127 sbeverly@sslc.com Portia Mila, District 4 801-792-0912 pmila@sslc.com L. Shane Siwik, District 5 801-548-7953 ssiwik@sslc.com Mark C. Kindred, At-Large 801-214-8415 mkindred@sslc.com Johnny McConnell, At-Large 801-712-4837 jmcconnell@sslc.com

City Offices Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 801-483-6000 220 East Morris Ave SSL, UT 84115 Animal Service 801-483-6024 Building Permits 801-483-6005 Business Licensing 801-483-6063 Code Enforcement 801-464-6712 Fire Administration 801-483-6043 Justice Court 801-483-6072 Police Administration 801-412-3606 Promise 801-483-6057 Public Works 801-483-6045 Recreation 801-412-3217 Utility Billing 801-483-6074 Emergencies 911 Police/Fire Dispatch 801-840-4000

Revitalization in Your Neighborhood Welcome to home improvement season, once again. In South Salt Lake, we take home improvement to a whole new level with our Community Connection program. Now in its seventh year, the neighborhood revitalization effort started with the principle of fighting the downward spiral that often takes place in neighborhoods when one declining home affects another and can hurt a whole block. We know that the opposite is also true – that one home improvement project usually leads to another and inspires others to start theirs. We decided we could be the catalysts for this virtuous cycle by choosing a neighborhood each year and helping a few homeowners improve their properties, and thereby encourage others to join in. Community Connection Support is offered at no cost to homeowners through generous volunteers and donations received every year from businesses, civic and church groups, residents and helpful neighbors. Our proven approach has also attracted significant support from Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The

National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED) has recognized Community Connection with an award for its innovative approach. We are now seeing an unparalleled rise in home values in South Salt Lake – proof that our approach is working. Several projects were completed this spring with help from American Express, Larry H. Miller Companies, and Young Mayor Cherie Wood Professionals Salt Lake City. This month we welcome over 1,500 volunteers on three church service project days and can’t wait to see the progress they make. If you know of anyone whose home could use a little boost, take the first step by contacting Community Connection and see what we can do when working together.

SSL Housing Update South Salt Lake has always been one of the places along the Wasatch Front where people seek out an affordable place to live. In the last few years, though, home prices and rents in our city have increased dramatically: According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the median price of homes for sale in ZIP Code 84115 increased from $178,000 in 2014 to $245,000 this year. Rents are also high: in our newer apartments, rents range from around $900 a month for a studio to $1,500 a month for a two-bedroom apartment. High rents and home values are not unique to South Salt Lake. In fact, Building Salt Lake, a local blog focused on regional development, reports that rents in the Salt Lake housing market grew nearly 8 percent from last year, making our housing market among the fastest growing in the nation. Rents and home values are increasing rapidly, mostly because demand is high and supply – construction of new housing units to accommodate the need – is slow to catch up. South Salt Lake is helping to meet the region’s demand for new housing in multiple ways: first, we are supporting new multifamily housing near TRAX and the streetcar lines, nearly 1,400 units are in planning or under construction along the streetcar line, in Downtown South Salt Lake, or adjacent to the Meadowbrook


On The Move SSL City Council Meetings

South Salt Lake Mayor Wood’s Community Connection Revitalization Program is now in its 7th year and is in full swing this season. Our community has seen amazing progress at both residences and public facilities. This year’s neighborhood is in District 3, which includes 2700 South to 3300 South and from 300 East to 500 East. We have had two great resident meetings including a neighborhood walk. If you or you know someone who could use some help with cleanup and repairs to their home, please contact the Urban Livability Department at 801464-6712 to apply. Additional information can be found at www. southsaltlakecity.com, under the Urban Livability Department tab.

220 E. Morris Ave., 2nd Floor Wednesday, June 7, 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, 7 p.m.

SSL City Planning Commission Meetings 220 E. Morris Ave., 2nd Floor Thursday, June 1, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15, 7 p.m.

Columbus Senior Center Highlights 2531 South 400 East South Salt Lake, Utah 84115 385-468-3340

Free Lunch

Monday thru Friday at noon *A lunch donation of $3.00 goes directly back into the meal program

Free Fall Prevention Series ‘Stepping On’

June 22-Aug. 10 Thursday Mornings 10 a.m. – Noon • Interactive sessions for 8 weeks, learning and sharing fall prevention strategies. • Led by Salt Lake County Health Department Educators and trained leaders. • Guest speakers include: Physical Therapist, Pharmacist, Vision and Community Safety experts. • Great for seniors wanting to maintain an independent lifestyle — Caregivers, too! To register, call Carol 385-468-5268

Pancake Breakfast

June 15 • 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Sponsored by Advisory Committee Free to seniors 60+ Come check out what the Senior Center has to offer! **For more Senior Events stop by the Columbus Senior Center!

SSL Housing Update CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 TRAX station at 3900 South and West Temple. This will provide housing options for people who are looking for their first home on their own, or who are looking to downsize, or who want to live close to transit. Nearly 500 of these housing units will be affordable to households that earn from roughly $20,000 per year to $59,760 per year, depending on household size. Considering that the median income for a South Salt Lake household is about $37,000 per year, this new development will help to address an unmet need for affordable housing for the region’s workforce. Of course, new residents attract new retail development too, which is one reason why WinCo foods is building a new grocery store in South Salt Lake. In the next few years, South Salt Lake looks to increase its inventory of single-family homes by roughly 150 units. These units will not be considered affordable housing, and will probably range in price from $250,000 to $350,000. Most of the new homes will be built on the south end of the Granite High School site, and at the Riverfront neighborhood at approximately 3700 South and 900 West. These homes will meet the need for growing, middle class or affluent households who are looking for a new home in a stable neighborhood close to the region’s employment centers. SSL also helps improve and renovate to ensure that housing remains affordable for residents. We partner with Salt Lake County to provide a critical needs home repair loan program to finance critical upgrades to homes, including roofs, furnaces, and air conditioning systems. Loans are available at low-to-no interest for income-qualifying households. The details of the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative can be found here: http://slco.org/greenhealthy-homes/ In partnership with the Community Development Corporation of Utah (CDCU), we offer a homebuyer education and down payment assistance program for qualifying first-time homebuyers. Information for these programs can be found at https://cdcutah.org/. We also work with CDCU to identify and refurbish vacant homes for resale to qualifying homebuyers. Together, we completed two IDEA homes, on Roberta Street and Whitlock Avenue. CDCU recently purchased a third vacant home on Baird Avenue, and will rehabilitate it this summer. South Salt Lake is committed to increasing housing choice for both existing and prospective residents, by providing opportunities for new housing and commercial development near transit, and by supporting programs and initiatives to stabilize existing neighborhoods and to provide opportunities for existing homeowners to stay in and improve their homes. That way, South Salt Lake can be a community of choice for people looking for a great home or apartment in a great neighborhood – for a good price.

SSL Utility Box Art Program South Salt Lake has been wrapping utility boxes with beautiful artwork for some time; we now have 30 utility boxes wrapped. This project has improved our streetscape and assisted with keeping graffiti off these surfaces. The project is completely funded by donations the city has received from partners. Our next box to be wrapped is at 500 E 3300 S, called ‘Hooked on Onyx’. Anyone can submit artwork for consideration by contacting Urban Livability at 801-464-6712 or vlelo@sslc.com.

June 2017 Neighborhood Center Spotlight: ®

Promise Youth Highlight: Soe Meh Soe Meh moved from a refugee camp in Thailand to the United States at the age of ten. Shortly after, her family located in South Salt Lake, where she has been highly involved at the Hser Ner Moo Community Center and other Promise South Salt Lake programs over the years. She has participated in the YouthLinc-Promise SSL tutor/mentor partnership and currently serves on the South Salt Lake Youth City Council, where she has had the opportunity to volunteer at city events and develop her civic portfolio. These programs have helped shape Soe Meh into who she is today—the first generation in her family to attend college. Soe Meh writes, “I am driven to be a great example to children who are from refugee backgrounds like me. I want them to know that they can achieve any goal they set their mind to!” Soe Meh has recently received a full scholarship to the University of Utah. She is also a finalist for Utah’s Young Humanitarian of the Year; the awardee will be announced on May 20th.

Youth City Council Update This fall, the South Salt Lake Youth City Council have been working with the YMCA Youth & Government program to learn about bill writing, public speaking, legislative debate rules, legislative research, leadership and teamwork. Youth across the state who have gone through this program are eligible to apply for a national conference. The 2017 Conference on National Affairs (CONA) will be held in July in South Carolina.

Meadowbrook STEM & Community Center The Meadowbrook STEM and Community Center (STEM Center) is one of South Salt Lake fourteen neighborhood centers. STEM Center partners with the Utah Refugee Education and Training Center located on 3900 South 250 West to provide free afterschool programs to support elementary and high school students and their families in the community. The center currently serves about 40 students and their families. The program offer homework help, one-on-one tutoring, interest-bases activities, arts, field trips, dinner, service learning and civic engagement projects. Enrichment activities at the center are mostly STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) focused.

South Salt Lake has 14 neighborhood centers serving our community: Hser Ner Moo Community and Welcome Center 479 East 2250 South South Salt Lake, UT 84115 801-828-7245 Roosevelt Community School 3225 South 800 East Salt Lake City, UT 84106 801-828-8219 Historic Scott School and Arts & Community Center 3238 South 540 East South Salt Lake, UT 84106 801-803-3632 Lincoln Community School 450 East 3700 South South Salt Lake, UT 84115 801-657-0416 Utah International Charter School 350 East Baird Circle South Salt Lake, UT 84115 801-520-7175 Central Park Community Center and PAL Boxing Program 2797 South 200 East South Salt Lake, UT 84115 801-466-3143

Promise SSL Coordinator, Joseph Genda’s favorite things about the STEM Center are the diversity of the children who attend the programs, the support from their parents, and seeing those children gradually overcoming their challenges both academically and socially. The center needs reading volunteer tutors from June 12 to August 4 for summer programs Monday – Friday, between 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to help students mostly English-language learners who are not reading at grade level. For more information please contact Promise SSL Coordinator, Joseph Genda at 801-518-5502 or email jgenda@sslc.com.

Columbus Center 2531 South 400 East South Salt Lake, UT 84115 801-412-3217 Woodrow Wilson Community School 2567 South Main Street South Salt Lake, UT 84115 801-386-0589 Granite Park Jr. High 3031 South 200 East South Salt Lake, UT 84115 801-440-4499 Meadowbrook STEM & Community Center (SLCC Campus) 250 West 3900 South South Salt Lake, UT 84107 801-518-5502 Cottonwood High Promise 5715 South 1300 East Murray, UT 84121 385-630-9748

This will be Utah’s first year bringing its own delegation of six students and it includes two of our own – Aaron Dustin, Mayor (11th grade) and Abby Dustin, YCC member (9th grade). Youth had to submit proposals which were then scored by a committee outside of the Youth and Government team. We are thrilled that our youth were given this opportunity and took full advantage of it.

Kearns Saint Ann Promise 430 East 2100 South Salt Lake City, UT 84115 385-630-9754 Commonwealth Performing Arts & Youth Entrepreneurial Center

2530 So. 500 East (@ Columbus Center) South Salt Lake, UT 84115 385-630-9753

Moss Elementary 4399 South 500 East Salt Lake City, UT 84107 385-258-6360

On The Move HOMELESS SHELTER UPDATE Review, Renew, Replenish and Rehearse Check your Emergency Supply Kit every six months to be sure nothing has expired or spoiled. Purchase foods that are nonperishable, do not require cooking and can be easily stored. During this time, your emergency exit and preparedness plan should be reviewed and acted out.

The phrase “It’s a marathon, not a sprint” comes to mind when thinking about the mitigation process for the Homeless Resource Center slated for our City. While it may appear that not much is happening from the outside, rest assured that there are dozens of dedicated members of my staff and others preparing for this event. Here are some things to keep in mind: • We have time. The Resource Center is not slated to open until sometime in 2019. The State and County have much work to do at the funding and organizational levels before a single shovel of dirt can be moved. • We have been promised funding. Both Mayor Ben McAdams and the State Legislature have made numerous commitments to mitigate against local impacts. My public safety, transportation and economic development teams are meeting weekly and working very hard to accurately understand and prepare for potential impacts so we can demand the necessary funding that we deserve. • We now have a seat at the table. Shelter the Homeless is the non-profit organization slated to oversee the new homeless resource centers in Salt Lake County. South Salt Lake has been promised a position on the board to ensure that we have a voice in all decision making. This is a major victory. The first milestone in the process is this summer when we will present our funding needs to the State Legislature’s interim session. Legislators will be collecting information to prepare for a funding decision during their 2018 session. I will be meeting with neighborhood and other stakeholder groups in June and July to gather information for this process. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time with questions or suggestions. We are in this for the long haul. Sincerely,

Coffee with a Cop is part of a national initiative to create a place for community members and police officers to come together. There are no agendas or speeches; just the opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and the chance to get to know the officers in their local neighborhoods. The South Salt Lake Chamber supports the program to help businesses increase their involvement in the community’s safety. The event takes place on the first Wednesday of each month from 9-10 a.m. at Village Inn, 2929 S. State St. The next session is Wednesday, June 7.

Master Water Safety Water related activities are popular for getting physical activity and have many health benefits. Here are some tips to stay safe while having fun: • Always supervise children when in or around water. A responsible adult should constantly watch young children. • Teach kids to swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning. • Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Your CPR skills could save someone’s life. • Install a four-sided fence around home pools. • Wear a properly fitted life jacket every time you and your loved ones are on the water. Beat the Heat and Sun Heat related illness happens when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. Infants and children up to 4 years of age are at greatest risk. Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather. • Never leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open. • Schedule outdoor activities carefully, for morning and evening hours. • Seek medical care immediate if your child has symptoms of heat-related illness. • Cover up. Clothing that covers your and your child’s skin helps protect against UV rays.


Coffee With A Cop

June is National Safety Month!

Mayor Cherie Wood

South Salt Lake Lions Club Annual

Chuck Wagon Breakfast Saturday, June 17, 2017 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m Reams Parking Lot 2783 South State Street Cost: $5 per person

• Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB protection every time you go outside.

June 2017

South Salt Lake CONSTRUCTION UPDATE Reported by: Bill Knowles, Community Ombudsman, South Salt Lake Contact for questions/concerns: 801-580-2626; knowles.bill@att.net 2245 S 300 E – Former Zellerbach Property – 292 units

Contractor: Jacobsen Construction Estimated completion date: late summer 2018 Current status/activity: under full construction, framing ongoing & footings set for all buildings

2245 S 400 E – Moda S-Line Townhomes – 32 units

Project owner: JF Capital Estimated completion date: late spring/early summer 2017 Current status/activity: near completion, paving of interior driveways & landscaping ongoing

2255 S State St – Ritz Classic – 287 units

Estimated completion date: spring 2019 Current status/activity: groundbreaking late spring 2017

2200 South between State & Main – WinCo Foods Project owner: Boyer Company Estimated completion date: late fall 2017 Current status/activity: construction in full swing

2209 S Main St – Liberty Crossing – 167 units

Project owner: Cowboy Partners Estimated completion date: spring 2019 Current status/activity: completing design review; construction beginning in late spring 2017

2100 S Main St – Liberty on Main – 120 units, 3,000 sf retail Project owner: Cowboy Partners Project description: mixed use, retail/residential Current status/activity: undergoing design and engineering process

Business and Neighborhood Watch Meetings June 2017: There will be a Business Watch meeting on Monday, June 26 at 5:00 p.m. American United Federal Credit Union, located at 3226 S Main St.

Rock Star – Christina Cline Christina Cline joined South Salt Lake in 2014 in the Code Enforcement Division. From the start, she demonstrated an exceptional work ethic, leadership, dependability, punctuality, job knowledge and integrity. Christina is very passionate about her work and strives to exceed expectations in service and support. She gets the job done and will not shy away from tough cases or asking tough questions. In the community she is attentive to residents and properties and is always willing to go the extra mile for them. We appreciate all she has done for Urban Livability and for the residents and businesses of South Salt Lake City. Christina – you are a Rock Star!

Nominate a South Salt Lake Beautiful Yard Today! Mayor Cherie Wood's Beautiful Yard Award is her way of thanking SSL residents who have made exceptional efforts that impact their neighborhoods in a positive way. Beautiful yards make neighborhoods more attractive and vibrant. It's easy to nominate, please take a moment to contact the Urban Livability Department at 801-464-6712 or vlelo@sslc. com to recognize a deserving yard.

The following Neighborhood Watch Meetings will take place in June: Thursday, June 8, 2017 Columbus Community Center, Room 101, 7:00 p.m., Community Policing Zones 1-2 Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Columbus Community Center, Room 101, 7:00 p.m., Community Policing Zones 3-4 Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Waverly Townhomes Clubhouse, 7:00 p.m., Waverly, Plymouth and Huntly Manor Townhome communities, Community Policing Zones 5-6 A recording with updated information on Neighborhood Watch Meetings can he heard by calling 801-412-3668.



SSL Recreation

2017 Summer Sport Camps Volleyball Camp

June 5 – 9 9:00 a.m. – Noon 4th-12th Grades $10.00 – Deadline May 26

Basketball Camp

July 17 – 21 Grades 1-12 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. $10.00 – Deadline July 7

First Tee Golf

July 31 – August 11 Ages 7- 17 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Central Valley Golf Course $25 – Deadline July 21 Registration at: Columbus Center Recreation Office 2531 South 400 East SSL, Utah 84115


Veterans Appreciation Reception

July 3, 2017 6 – 8 p.m. Veterans and their families are invited. Refreshments. Columbus Center, 2531 S 400 E, South Salt Lake

4th of July Festivities 5K, Fun Run/Walk

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to Noon Fitts Park, 3050 South 500 East

8 a.m. Registration required ($15) Sign Up: 801-483-6076 or mclark@sslc.com Start and finish line at Fitts Park at 3050 S 500 E


Fishing for ages 12 and younger. Fishing poles available for use on site. Prizes for first catch, smallest, longest, and heaviest fish.

9 a.m. Flag Ceremony 9:30 a.m. Parade start Kimball Ward to Fitts Park. Sign Up: 801-750-1632 or mclark@sslc.com

Water melon drop: Guess how far it will splat from 30 feet drop!


8 – 11 a.m. Pancake Breakfast ($3.00) 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Live music, games & food Fitts Park at 3050 S 500 E

Freedom Festival Parade Route

Camps Locations TBD and Time are Subject to Change

Start of Parade Haven LDS Chapel 2280 S 300 E

For more information contact Myrna Clark at 801-483-6076, mclark@sslc.com



2700 S

500 E

Did you miss “Spring Clean-up”?

If you are a South Salt Lake Resident, receiving garbage pickup through the City, for ONLY $25.00 you can rent a debris trailer to dispose of your old household items and yard waste. For more information or to rent a trailer, go to the Finance Department at City Hall or call: 801-483-6000.

700 E

New Resident


300 E

For more information call: 801-412-3217

End of Parade Fitts Park 3050 S 500 E

South Salt Lake


Boys and girls 12 and under, come fish for free and win prizes!!



JUNE 2017 | PAGE 15

Three valley school districts increase teacher pay, benefits By Mandy Ditto | m.ditto@mycityjournals.com


hree school districts—Granite, Canyons and Jordan—have increased teachers’ pay for the upcoming school year, in an effort to retain and hire enough teachers for growing classrooms in the valley. Granite School District Even if every graduate with a teaching degree from Utah colleges and universities chose to stay and teach in Utah, there still wouldn’t be enough to fill classrooms across the state, said Ben Horsley, communications director for Granite School District. “The reality is that we’ve been in a teacher shortage crisis for quite some time. Granite District has been fortunate that we’ve been able to almost 100 percent staff the last two years,” Horsley said. “Our board feels strongly that every kid deserves a great, instructional leader, a full-time teacher that is there and committed to that class for the full year.” However, as the district looked into hiring for the coming year, they found they had about half the applications they would typically receive, and would be short around 100 needed hires to fill positions across the district, he said. The board looked at their options, and seeing that Jordan and Canyons districts were looking to raise their pay as well, decided to make changes. The increases include the starting salary going up to $41,000 annually, which includes a 3 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) across the board for all teachers and administrators. The board also added an 8.67 percent market adjustment to salary schedule across the board, making it the 11.67 percent increase for all in the district, Horsley said. He said the district does anticipate some sort of tax increase through the local levy to offset the costs. The board is looking at any other cuts they can make to pursue other funds, and will use the 4 percent increase in the Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU) from the legislature to help with increase, as well as increase in levy. The legislature funds education through the WPU, which is money from the general PACs fund from the state, and that money is given to state districts to pay teachers, fund programs and other needs. Whatever increase the WPU goes up to each year—currently 4 percent—is what teachers can typically expect to negotiate as a raise amount each year. As for the increase in the local levy, “it would be anywhere from $75 to $100 on a $250,000 home within Granite School District (boundaries),” Horsley said. It isn’t just about increasing pay because it’s fair, said Susen Zobel, Granite Education Association president and a seventh-grade history teacher at Bonneville Junior High. It’s about keeping teachers in the districts they work in, while continuing to hire.

Those attending the Association Representative meeting for Granite School District in April wave the newly presented salary schedule that had to later be approved by the district board. (Granite Education Association/Cindy Formeller).

“What Granite did was honor the existing salary schedule and send it all the way across, so every single teacher will see an increase,” Zobel said. “This is a good start, we’ve got a really great salary schedule, if you look at the schedule and starting and where you could retire, it is more comparable to other professional salary schedules. I would hope they keep this momentum up.” Other states pay at higher rates, even with increases in these districts, meaning that districts in Utah need to be competitive, Zobel said. “If we are going to get teachers to come, we need to be competitive and Granite has made a great start. Our school board has done an amazing job to make this happen for us this year, but it’s not over,” Zobel said. “I think that this shows what a good working relationship between a teacher’s association and a school district can do to benefit teachers, that regardless this was a collaborative effort between the association and the school district and without that strength of membership in the association, it would not have happened.” Since the presentation and then official approval of the pay increase this spring, the loss of contracted teachers has slowed significantly, and many who opted out of contracts have come back to the district, Horsley said. Canyons School District Pay increases were approved for Canyons School District on April 25, with increases for beginning teacher’s salaries going to $40,500, said Jeff Haney, director of communications for Canyons School District. Every licensed educator in the district will receive at least a 4 percent increase, though the average increase is at 6.5 percent for teachers across the board, according to their teaching experience and education. “The Board of Education believes, and always has believed, it’s important to invest in the district’s people. The reason for that is

that we believe the students will benefit, we want our classrooms to be led by the best and the brightest educators that we can attract and retain, especially in this era of a national teacher shortage,” Haney said. Along with these pay increases to create a competitive pay schedule, the Canyons District has been working to make sure that other benefits are clear to potential educators since the district creation in 2009, he said. Since voters approved a $250 million bond to renovate and build new schools, the district has almost completed all 13 projects identified in 2010. A new middle school and elementary school will open this upcoming fall, Haney said. Achievement coaches and technology specialists are also at every school in the district to improve the teaching experience, he said. As for how the increases will be paid for by the district, taxes aren’t expected to go up as an increase in the local levy. “The law governing countywide equalization sunsets at the end of 2017. Under the parameters of this law, and because of increasing assessed valuations, Canyons District expects the certified tax rate to remain virtually unchanged in order to collect the funds necessary to operate the district at the same level of service while also providing a salary increase for teachers,” Haney said. Potential teachers from the valley and elsewhere were instantly interested in applying for Canyons District positions when they heard about the increases in the starting salary, he said. “The students will benefit from this. The vision of the Canyons School District is to make sure that every student graduates college and career ready, and the way to do that is to have amazing teachers in every classroom, in every grade level,” he said. “This new salary schedule will help us attract the best and the brightest to our classrooms.”

Jordan School District Jordan School District is no different from others in Utah looking to constantly fill teacher positions, and with their newly approved salary schedule they are hoping to continue to attract quality employees. Negotiations for a new salary schedule in the district began with a committee of five teachers from the Jordan Education Association, two administrators and three board members that met every other week through February. The new salary schedule has been officially approved by the Jordan Education Association and the district board, said Janice Voorhies, president of the Jordan School District Board of Education. The beginning salary has been raised to $40,000 a year, and every teacher on the scale has been moved up through the schedule from that, Voorhies said, effective for the upcoming fall. “We are working on a phase two for our experienced teachers with the Jordan Education Association, and our goal is to increase compensation for them through a menu of things they may already be doing or would like to opt into, like mentoring or teacher leadership or curriculum development,” she said, “and we’ll pay them more for that.” Another change the board approved was to take away a cap in the salary schedule, so that experienced teachers can now continue to get increased compensation after 15 years of teaching. The district will also be paying for increases in benefits costs for teachers in the coming school year. To pay for the increases, the district has adjusted their budget and are “applying a portion of our unassigned resources to increasing teacher pay for the next several years,” Voorhies said. “Additionally, we appreciate the legislature’s generous WPU allotment this past session and we intend to use those taxpayer dollars very carefully in order to continue to support reasonable compensation for all employees.” 

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he South Salt Lake City Council approved a report by the wastewater division that was then sent on to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. The report was presented to the council during their April 12 meeting. The report was presented by Corby Talbot, the South Salt Lake wastewater division manager. “This is an annual report we do for our collection system, not the treatment plant,” Talbot said. “Basically, it’s a report that goes over some of our funding, our (operation and maintenance) funding, funding sources and if we’re able to collect and have enough funding to do our jobs and maintain the system.” In the operations and maintenance section, the report stated the revenues are sufficient to cover operation, maintenance and repair/replacements costs both at this time and over the next five years. The report also said the collections systems have sufficient staff to ensure proper operations, maintenance and repair/replacement costs. However, the report stated there is no dedicated sinking fund to provide either repair/replacement costs. A sinking fund is created by periodically setting aside money for either repayment of debt or replacement of an asset. In this case, having a sinking fund would help pay for any eventual repairs necessary on the collections system as it ages. The city scored poorly in the capital improvements section of the report. While there are sufficient present revenues to cover all costs and provide funding for capital improvements, there is not sufficient projected funding sources for the next five, 10 or 20 years. Talbot explained to the council this was due to a lot of unknown elements surrounding the approved improvements at Central Valley Water Reclamation Facility in Salt Lake City. According to the report, the cost of

projected capital improvements in 2017 is $1,000. In 2018, it will be $1,500. In 2019, it will be $600. In 2020, it will be $2,000 and in 2021, it will be $1,000. Talbot explained a highlight of the report was there were no incidents that have occurred over the last fiscal year. These incidents, as defined by the DEQ, include sanitary system overflows, or backups that have affected more than five private structures, one or more public/ commercial/industrial structures. “We had none of those (incidents) to report to the state, which was a good thing,” Talbot said. “Our system is 77 years old so it’s old. It needs a lot of work.” The report also stated all collections systems operators are up to date on their certifications and participate in continued training in operations. The collections systems also has an annual preventative maintenance program, a written emergency response plan, an updated operations and maintenance manual and a written safety plan. A description of the physical condition of the sewer collections system stated it was 60 percent clay piping in fair condition, 40 percent plastic piping in good condition and the three pump stations are all in good/fair condition. Over the next 10 years, South Salt Lake plans on having several spot improvements and some capacity improvements that will be completed over that span of time based upon results of the master plan and redevelopment projects. The report also stated the collections system works with the South Salt Lake community development department to see what new city developments there are and how that impacts the capacity of the sewer system. The report was unanimously approved and sent onto the state. 



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Cottonwood softball wraps up disappointing season on a high note By Brian Shaw | brian.shaw@mycityjournals.com


ne year after the Cottonwood Colts softball team went all the way to the state tournament, a young roster took its lumps in 2017. In a difficult region, the Colts came out slowly and never fully found their groove until it was a little too late, according to head coach Alissa Smith. The slow start was due to a number of things, said Smith. “The fun and frustrating challenge as a coach is getting players to recognize that winning is a choice. You choose to make the sacrifices necessary to be better than the other team.” But when the Cottonwood girls started playing softball like they knew they could, the Colts turned a few heads. In the season finale with Brighton at home, the Colts took the state tournament-bound Bengals to eight innings. Then, in the bottom of the eighth inning being down four runs, Cottonwood finally did what it had been hoping to do, putting together a masterful rally to win 13-12. “Brighton was a result of the girls finally seeing their own potential, stepping into the box, and getting the job done at the plate and on defense,” said Smith. “They wanted it, so they went out on the field and did was what necessary to get it done.” Cottonwood split its last four region games and finished with a bang, but by then it was too late to battle for a state tournament berth. Of course, there’s always next year, added Smith—especially for a team that is still so young. Sophomore Carlie Roberts took her lumps as a starting


A Cottonwood softball player beats the tag at second base. Photo/Alissa Smith

pitcher, going 2-8 on the mound. But she was there down the stretch for the Colts and that experience will help her and her teammates next year when they plan to knock on the state tournament door after barely missing out on the opportunity. “We have a nickname for Carlie Roberts: MC,” said

Smith. “The M stands for ‘Monster’ and the C for ‘Carlie.’ That girl is a beast in the circle. I think she wants it more than a lot of other girls her age. She wants the pressure. She wants the responsibility. She thrives on the intensity.” Smith said that throughout the season she heard from other teams, “Your pitcher is a beast!” “If the other team hit a home run, she (Roberts) brushed it off and went after the next batter. Line drive to the thigh? No one knew about it until the next day,” said Smith. “She wants it. She works for it. I’m so excited to have her on the mound for the next two years.” Along with Roberts showing what she could do, the youth movement also stepped up to the plate and smashed home the only two home runs on the season for the Colts, courtesy of sophomores Kaysie Polad—who also went 2-1 on the mound in relief of Roberts—and Bailey Mitchell. As for the Colts elders, senior Lexi Frustaci belted five doubles to lead the team in that category while junior Jaylie Montoya smashed four. With all but two players planning to return for next year, Smith said things are looking up. “I think we, as a team, learned a great lesson this year, especially coming off of two ‘magical’ years. We have to put the work in to win,” said Smith of her girls. “Winning doesn’t just happen. They’re very determined to reverse the trend in our debut (season) in Region 7.” 

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with couple’s therapy and its improvement on natural conception. With all the success that Reproductive Care Center has achieved, it hasn’t always come easy.

Through continued research and scientific advancements, as well as the openness of many high-profile people, Reproductive Care Center is finally seeing the shift in the perception of infertility. For a long time, infertility was a topic that was not discussed openly. Through continued research and scientific advancements, as well as the openness of many high-profile people, Reproductive Care Center is finally seeing the shift in the perception of infertility. Patients seek out a specialist much sooner than before because they know it is available and acceptable. Another major challenge is that most insurance companies do not offer infertility treatment benefits. While they do often cover consultations and diagnostic treatment, they do not

typically provide benefits for intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF). Legislators are looking at how to improve coverage, but in the meantime, RCC has worked tirelessly to provide affordable treatment options to patients including income-based discounts, military discounts, financing for IVF, multiple IVF Cycle package discounts, and a 100% Money-Back Guarantee IVF Program for qualifying patients. “We understand that so many of our patients, especially those that need IVF, are having to pay for it out of pocket,” said Rachel Greene, the marketing coordinator at RCC. “It is a difficult hurdle to jump and we do as much as we can to accommodate.” Resolve.org, a national organization, has pushed the discussion of infertility to the national level with legislators and insurance companies. They initiated the National Infertility Awareness Week which was April 23-29. RCC participated by offering daily giveaways and providing a free seminar. RCC also sponsored a date night hosted by Utah Infertility Resource Center, a local counseling and support resource with whom RCC has chosen to partner. RCC is focused on providing compassionate and quality care to their patients. Reproductive Care Center has affordable consultation prices and are ready to see new patients in all their locations, visit www.fertilitydr.com to learn more. 

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How to Afford Your Bucket List Travel




ave you noticed all the bucket list articles lately? I don’t know what it is, but all of a sudden, I’ve seen article after article about sky diving over Dubai, riding a camel in the Sahara Desert, or cycling though South African vineyards on a carbon negative tour. I was wondering, if perhaps, I missed a sale on buckets at my local bucket store or maybe it was “national buy a bucket day” last week and everyone but me stocked up on buckets. And now to get some use of them, they are stuffing them up with dreams and lofty visions of travel grandeur. Being a self-proclaimed master planner, this all should be well and good to me. Besides, who am I to tell folks how to use their buckets? But it seems to me that creating a fantasy travel dreamland could end up in a wide-awake letdown when you hit the road. So, in keeping in the spirit of adventurous travel, here are some ideas to keep your dream bucket a reality. Understand your Travel Fund: Part of making travel a reality is to make a budget. Figure out your travel style. Are you a higher maintenance traveler that needs pricier hotels and to be entertained or does camping at a beach or hiking through the mountains meet your needs? No matter which kind of traveler you are and what your financial situation is, you’ll want to make sure to allow extra money for spontaneity and little luxuries. A general rule for us has been to plan for the vacation to cost 15 to 25% more than we think.

Set up an automatic savings account: Have your bank put aside a small amount into a travel fund and use it ONLY for travel. It doesn’t have to be much, because as it begins to grow you’ll start to make plans for where you’ll go. Now your travel vision is becoming a reality and this will encourage you to save even more in your day-to-day spending in effect tricking yourself into making it grow faster. Utilize Long Weekends: There’s a lot that can be accomplished in a 3 or 4-day weekend. No, I don’t mean giving the dog a bath and cleaning out the garage. Hop in the car and go explore the gems close to home. I am always surprised how many people I’ve met who have not been to Capitol Reef, taken a ride on the Utah Valley Railroad train, or gone for a dip in the Crater. Yet these places are at the top of someone’s bucket list in other parts of the world. Keep your Expectations in Check: With all the resources we have at our fingertips it’s easy to, over plan, set yourself up for failure, or just expect too much. I recently stumbled on a travel article for a roadside attraction I’ve been to on more than one occasion. I first discovered it while traveling between states and randomly stopped to stretch my legs and let the kids’ blow off some steam. It’s since become a traditional resting stop that we enjoy every time we pass through. The article however, made this destination look AMAZING, like some kind of bucket list fairytale. It had stunning photos accompanied with an article of interest. A quick search landed me on several similar

accountings. In reality, this tiny attraction takes less than an hour to explore and by the articles standard would be a bit of a let- down. Had we gone with the expectations the media set we would have been disappointed. It’s much better to adopt an attitude of discovery, this way you aren’t disappointed. Don’t Over Plan: This is my personal stumbling block. I tend to research and attempt to plan every minute of my vacation. Thinking that it would set my mind at ease and we wouldn’t miss a thing. With many failed attempts, I’ve finally learned that no matter how well planned I was I still going to miss something and having to be accountable for every activity in everyday just made the getaway stressful and me super annoying to my fellow travelers. While researching your destination is imperative, especially if there are tickets you’ll need in advance, it’s important to break from your normal self and let your adventurous side loose to let things roll. Most of us will only be able to afford a very few dreamy bucket list travel destinations, but taking time off is crucial for our mental and physical wellbeing. Travel freely to affordable destinations and restrain yourself from dreaming of what a vacation should be. With the right attitude your affordable travel can become your bucket list…checkmark. Joani Taylor is the owner of Coupons4Utah. com a blog dedicated to helping people save money on their day-to-day living and 50Roads.com a lifestyle and travel blog for the empty nester. 


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