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Greetings from me and the Provo City School District. I hope you are having an enjoyable summer!
We issue this publication every summer to the residents of Provo in an effort to keep you informed about happenings within the school district. We try to be very careful with our finances so we don’t send newsletters as often as we would like. However, please be aware that Provo City School District has a website that is updated regularly (http://provo.edu), and we also have Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages. We encourage you to check in with us regularly through any or all of these sources.
The 2016-2017 school year was an exciting, eventful year. I do not have space here to outline all of the many accomplishments, but here are a few:
- We opened 2 newly constructed elementary schools, Rock Canyon and Sunset View.
- Thirteen (13) of our eighteen (18) schools received either an A or a B on the state’s new school grading system, even in a year when the cut scores were raised and it was more difficult to earn high grades.
- Comprehensive improvement plans were implemented at the other four (4) schools.
- Ten (10) National Merit Scholarship program-honored students.
- 950+ students district-wide comprised the district’s graduation class of 2017.
- Our Title 6 program hosted the first ever Native American Youth Pow Wow in our district. It was very well attended and featured Billy Mills, an Olympic Gold Medalist.
- We recently hired Provo City School District’s first “Equity and Diversity Coordinator” to help us understand and meet the needs of students from various cultures and backgrounds.
- We completed the 17th annual Easter Basket Auction that raised over $160,000. 100% of these funds will go to support students in after-school programs and intervention opportunities. With the generous time and support of local businessmen Brent Brown, Dan Campbell, and Tracy Rawle as the leaders of this auction, the past 17 years has generated nearly two million dollars of support to our school district.
- The Provo Adult Education program graduated 101 students so far in 2017: 68 credit diplomas and 33 GED diplomas.
- Nearly 1,300 AP exams were administered, another significant increase over the previous year.
- Administered anti-discrimination and anti-bullying training at all sites throughout the district.
- Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) awards from Government Finance Officers’ Association (GFOA) and Association of School Business Officials (ASBO). This makes 14 years in a row for the budget award from GFOA and 9 years in a row (10th year is pending) for the award from ASBO.
- On the state assessments reported in Fall 2016, district scores met or exceeded state averages in 24 of 27 tested areas.
- Selection of the district’s Child Nutrition program as Best of State in Utah for the eighth consecutive year.
- 84 student candidates for state Regents Scholarships (formal notice of recipients has not been shared with the district as of this date).
- We have 121 sections of concurrent enrollment offerings, with 1,325 students enrolled and earning 3,709 credit hours of total college credit. The on campus cost for these hours would exceed $5,000,000 in tuition.
- Seven students earned associate of science degrees concurrently with their 2016-17 high school diploma.
- 152 students earned 244 pathway completion cords at high school graduation for their work in taking courses in a designated Career and Technology Education (CTE) pathway.
- A student run art gallery has been created in cooperation with the Provo Towne Centre Mall to display student, alumni, and staff work and provide a wonderful internship opportunity.
In August 2017, we will be opening the doors of the new Edgemont Elementary School. As I write this, construction of the new Provo High School is still underway with a planned opening date in early August 2018. In early summer 2018, we expect to formally open the new Provost Elementary School as well. With both Provost and Provo High, all five schools from the 2014 school reconstruction bond will have been completed.
Although we have had several great years in terms of student achievement and overall district improvement, our desire is to always find areas where we can increase and then, in turn, accomplish those successes as well. We take this stewardship very seriously: for our community, for our taxpayers, and especially for our students.
Best wishes to you and yours for the remainder of the summer. Please remember to keep up-to-date by checking the online sources I mentioned above.
Keith C. Rittel Provo City School District Superintendent