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Education The Park Record. BOARD DELAYS DECISION ON WELLNESS POLICY, A-8 A-7 SCHOOL TEACHERS TAKE A YOGA BREAK, A-9 www.parkrecord.com WED/THURS/FRI, JANUARY 24-26, 2018 Editor: Carolyn Webber firstname.lastname@example.org 435.649.9014 ex.118 Finding fulfillment by filling others’ needs PARK CITY DISTRICT IS NAMED BEST IN THE STATE High school’s pantry gives basic necessities to students in need Business Insider named the Park City School District the best district in the state earlier this month. According to the district’s newsletter, the company that researched and compiled the information for the list, Niche, gave the district an A grade in academics and health and safety, a B- in diversity and an A+ in teachers. CAROLYN WEBBER The Park Record SOUTH SUMMIT DISTRICT SEEKS COMMUNITY INPUT South Summit School District is set to host a community meeting regarding the district’s future on Jan. 25, according to a news release. The meeting is set to take place at South Summit Middle School from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and all community members are invited to attend. The meeting will address the possible steps to move forward after the failure of a bond measure last fall that would have funded a new high school. Five options will be discussed for the school district. ECKER HILL MIDDLE TO PUT ON “ALADDIN JR.” PLAY Ecker Hill Middle School is scheduled to put on the play “Aladdin Jr.” According to the school’s newsletter, the play will be presented in the school’s auditorium on Friday Jan. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for all ages and is available at the door. SCHEDULES MODIFIED DURING SUNDANCE FEST Due to heavy traffic from the Sundance Film Festival, Park City schools on Kearns Boulevard will have modified schedules. According to the Park City School District’s Facebook page, Treasure Mountain Junior High will be released at 2:15 p.m. on Jan. 24 and 25. On Jan. 26, students will be released at 2:25 p.m. At Park City High School, students will be released at 2:15 p.m. on Jan. 24 and 25. On Jan. 26, they will be released at 2:25 p.m. McPolin Elementary School’s schedule will remain the same. It started with two freshmen who wanted to make a difference. They saw and heard that some students at Treasure Mountain Junior High were in need and they decided to step up. They put out a box at the school, dropped in some deodorant, toothpaste and snacks and let students take what they needed. Now, the pop-up pantry has moved to Park City High School and is almost bursting from its five cabinets in the counseling center. “It kept growing and growing,” said Claire Booth, who helped start the pantry with Josie Slobodow. Now, the two are juniors and are proud to see where the pantry is today. They no longer worry too much about running out of supplies because every now and then, a bag full of donations from regular donors will silently appear beside the pantry. Booth and Slobodow are both members of the high school’s Student Council and first heard about the idea of a pop-up pantry from one of their advisors. They originally wanted to provide food to kids who showed up to school on an empty stomach or did not have the means to pay for lunch. “Kids, when they are hungry, don’t CAROLYN WEBBER/PARK RECORD Josie Slobodow, left, and Claire Booth started the pop-up pantry at Treasure Mountain Junior High two years ago. Now, the two juniors help run the pantry for students in need at Park City High School. focus at school,” Booth said. But then, people started donating a large amount of hygiene products. Since then, the pantry’s inventory has only expanded. It now has a whole cabinet for feminine hygiene products and another that is full of clothes. “(We’re) making sure that every student is well prepared to learn in school and not distracted by if they are hungry or they didn’t brush their teeth or they need deodorant,” Booth said. Since the two are wary of people Please see Students, A-9 In session: Lawmakers to rework education policies PCSD official says bills deal with teacher licensure, equalization CAROLYN WEBBER The Park Record As leaders around the state turn their eyes and ears toward the Utah state legislative session, education officials anticipate another year of changes. Todd Hauber, business administrator for the Park City School District, said that one of the biggest changes is a rewrite of the public education code, aimed at updating the language as well as the layout of the code. The equaliza- tion of school funds and teacher licensure are also sure to be hot topics during the session, which started Monday and is set to end on March 8. Providing more equal funding to schools around the state is a conversation that has been humming at the Capitol Building for the last few years, Hauber said. Park City school officials have long been concerned about equalization efforts because they would take more of local residents’ property taxes and distribute the money to other districts. This year, three different bills so far are on the table that would affect how much property tax revenue the Park City School District receives. One, by Sen. Howard Stephenson (R-Draper), Please see Session, A-8 FEATURED REAL ESTATE “One of America’s Top 10 Vacation Home Communities.” CUSTOM ESTATE HOME 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom mountain modern home located on the 4th fairway of Victory Ranch’s private golf course. 6,015-sq. Ft. with 3-car garage and 4 fireplaces. 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