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Hillside Park - KL blocks changes planned by C of SJ

By Scoop, on 07-09-2008 23:00

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UPDATE:
Unfortenately Kennecott Land has instructed (per the contract of the park being given to the City that still gives Kennecott Land the right to sign off on changes) the City of South Jordan NOT to make these changes:
NOT put in concrete for the paths (which is a clear sign that KL does not care about families trying to use the park)
NOT put in BBQ's
NOT put in new play equiopment
NOT put in concrete or asphalt near the tables
NOT to put in more trees
however they will fix the grass..
UPDATE:
It looks like the HOA and KL is denying this (no suprise)....HOA and KL are claiming they asked the City to run the changes throught the DCR process, this is not what the City says, here is what went down...
There was a meeting last week with the City and KL and the City in which the City was voicing their concerns on how KL is not properly building or maintaining the parks and when they are turned over to the City that the City is ending up having to pay for the fixes/changes to the parks that should have been addressed before KL turned them over to the City. And it was in this meeting when KL did in fact remind the City that KL had the right to NOT approve any changes being made to the park (s) that have been turned over to the City, and that they did NOT approve to the changes being made to Hillside park.
However...now it looks as if KL has reached out (so the HOA says) and told the City to submit the changes to the DCR for approval by the BOD (which is KL). So hopefully once the DCR process is done KL will allow the City to make the changes they were planning and trying to make.
 

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The Oquirrh Alliance

By Scoop, on 23-07-2008 13:18

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Who is the Oquirrh Allaince?

 

    Well if you visit their website here http://www.oquirrhalliance.org you will see that they are a group who's mission is to advocate Salt Lake Valley growth-related solutions immediately, particularly on the western side of the valley, where development is exploding. This is interesting to me, because their main focus is the West Bench and there are many things going on in the very early stages in the West Bench that are of concern to me and should be to you as well (I.E. the section 8 housing going in just west of Daybreak on 118th) There is some serious issues/concerns with the traffic planning by The City of Herriman that are being kept under wraps and do you feel comfortable having 4000 section 8 apartments a stones throw away from the new High School being planned? I don't... 

 

    I am curious as to what the Oquirrh Alliance is doing to help or prevent some of these concerns that are happening close to our community. I have tried to have some dialogue with the Oquirrh Alliance and am trying to find out more about them. What I do know is that the Oquirrh Alliance was formed by Kennecott Land a few years ago and its members list is impressive. I hope to see some results come out of this Oquirrh Alliance, the only press releases I have seen on them have to do with the transportation in the West Bench and it seems the Oquirrh Alliance is more of a tool to protect the business interests/opportunities of its members in the West Bench, who knows I could be wrong. It seems this Oquirrh Alliance is some what of a secret society; it would be nice to see more resident involvement in working with the Oquirrh Alliance so the concerns of the residents of the West Bench are also addressed as we watch the West Bench grow.

 

If you know anything about the Oquirrh Alliance please comment on this article.


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Early Light Academy

By Daybreak Man, on 08-06-2008 20:06

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                I do not currently have children in my home and therefore have not been aware of the many educational issues that have surfaced recently.  I know about the Jordan School District and its problems and I voted last November on the issue of vouchers, but I did not know of the local concerns of parents in Daybreak.  However, my interest in the subject has increased since I saw a post in the discussion forums of this website about the Early Light Academy.  I decided I would try and find out as much as I could about the proposed charter school.  I found the school’s website at www.earlylightacademy.org and found the decisions made about the school in the meeting minutes of the state board of education.  I found that charter schools all have an initial charter document that explains almost every detail of the school and its purpose.  A friend of mine was able to get an electronic copy of the charter and I scanned through the 140 pages of detailed information. 

     The Early Light Academy (ELA) is a proposed K through 9 school that will most likely be built here in Daybreak.  The founding board of the school is working with Kennecott Land to select a suitable location.  Right now there are two proposed locations: one just West of the Row Homes on the Western edge of village 1, the other is in the Northwest corner of what will be village 3.  As Kennecott has donated generous portions of land to the two other public schools in Daybreak, I do not see why they would not do the same for this academy.  The school will be fairly small compared to Daybreak Elementary as it is being built for a capacity of 750 students.  The physical size is also smaller as Daybreak Elementary is 116,700 square feet (including the DCC) and ELA is a mere 57,400 square feet. 

     Besides physical characteristics and student population, how will this school be different from regular public schools in the Jordan School District?  The main difference will be the governance of the school.  ELA will be run by a parent board instead of a school district.  As the board has more discretion of what is emphasized in their curriculum, the school will be different academically as well.  ELA has decided that the emphasis should be in history, “The Early Light Academy offers a high-quality education by combining a linear, content-rich curriculum emphasizing history utilizing effective instructional techniques, taking our students from the Stone Age to the Space Age, the Information Age and beyond. With an emphasis in history, students are better able to tie in the lessons from the past with the present reality of the world around them, and are empowered to see how their actions today will impact the future.” 

     Although ELA may have a different emphasis in their curriculum they are subject to the same standardized tests that our public schools are and thus the same accountability.  This guarantees that faculty will still teach those concepts and facts directly related to the standardized tests.  ELA will actually be buying their curriculum from a company called K12.  This may be good or bad.  I am not a curriculum expert so I really cannot criticize this aspect of ELA’s program. 

     As for logistics, ELA has proposed that they have a maximum of 25 students per class.  This fact alone is why I like the idea of this charter school.  Having a better student teacher ratio in classes will improve education outcomes.  However, this is only 2 students under the currently reported student teacher ratio at Daybreak Elementary.

     A large amount of research concurs that more parental involvement in their child’s education will deliver better education outcomes.  This was the main reason the school is being founded.  A group of parents called Daybreak Parents for Academics originally conceived of the idea of ELA.  In fact, the school will require the parents of students to volunteer for 35 hours per year.  This requirement, in my opinion, will actually weed out some of those parents who are complacent about their child’s education.  This will in turn deliver students to the school whose parents are committed to their education making a better environment in which to learn.  Another aspect of the school that I personally like is the fact that they will have a strict dress code.  Some people feel that this limits expression, but I think it just eliminates distraction and competition.  This also makes distinguishing rich kids from poor kids more difficult. 

     As mentioned previously I am not an education expert.  These are my thoughts and opinions only.  If you are a teacher or administrator and you would like to comment on this story you can.  Just register and click the button below to comment.  I think that these comments will enhance the analysis.  Thanks goes to Scoop for inviting me to write an article on the Daybreak Daily.  If you would like to see more of my articles just go to http://daybreaktoday.blogspot.com 


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Slow Down....Neighborhood Traffic Safety

By Scoop, on 02-06-2008 08:35

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     I wanted to first say THANK YOU to the City of South Jordan for their ongoing efforts in working with me in improving the safety of our neighborhood. As you know many of us Daybreak residents have been concerned about the traffic issues that we have in our community and many of you have voiced your opinions and have asked the HOC to help in this effort. The first new traffic controls signs have been installed on Pale Moon Lane between Krestle and Oakmond and you can already see the difference in the speeding on that street. These new signs will now help protect the children whom take this route to and from school and are just the first steps in improving the safety of our neighborhood. If you haven't had a chance to see the new signs I suggest you drive by and see them, these signs are have radar and show the cars driving by their speed so you know if you are speeding or not. The signs are also green, meaning they are solar, which is also cost effective. So please if you have any suggestions or traffic areas of concern that you feel should be looked at please let me know scoop@daybreakdaily.com.

 

 

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Daybreak Founders Village Landscaping Committee

By Scoop, on 30-05-2008 08:11

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A Founders Village Landscaping committee is being form to look into ideas and ways to improve and change some of the current landscaping in Founders Village. If you are interested in being on this committee please contact Derek Terries @ dtarries@ccmcnet.com

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Daybreak Village and Mansion Homes

By Scoop, on 10-05-2008 10:23

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Here is a nice looking Daybreak Village Center and Mansion Homes artist drawing...not news but it looks nice...

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