The Provo Review

PCSD August Community Newsletter

Each month we will be sending out a new Provo Review Newsletter as part of our efforts to keep everyone informed about what’s happening here in Provo City School District. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, or if you would like to submit a story, please feel free to contact us at

Fourth Grader Raises Money for School Libraries

On the first Tuesday of August, Emi Kim, a 4th grade girl from Westridge Elementary, donated 15 books to Franklin Elementary. The books were bought with money from a lemonade stand and bake sale that she organized and staffed on July 8th, the hottest day of the summer. Franklin was not the only school that benefited from her generosity.
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The School Board Report

August Board Meeting Summary

Here are the highlights from the August 10th Board Meeting:

  • The Timpview Parking Plan on the south side of campus was approved

  • The August 2021 Special Education Policies and Procedures Manual modifications were approved

  • The Large Purchase Request of $140,000 for a web filter upgrade was approved

  • The UELP 21-22 Early Learning Plan was approved

  • The Fee Schedule Change was approved

  • The Items on the Consent Calendar were approved

Board meetings are open to the public. If you would like to view the full minutes, they are available on our website under Board Docs.

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Upcoming Events

Labor Day - September 6

There will be no school on Labor Day.

To find out about events happening at your school, please check the calendars on your school's website. You can find a link to your school's website here.

School Board Study Session and Business Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 14th, 5pm

280 West 940 North

Provo, UT

  • 5:00 p.m. Study Session broadcast via Youtube.
  • 7:00 p.m. Business Meeting broadcast via Youtube.

You can find the link to the Youtube broadcast on our District Events Calendar.

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The District Refrigerator

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Welcome to The District Refrigerator, a virtual fridge door for us to show off art created by our students. August's featured art is from Tayler Lewis. A 5th Grader, Tayler wrote and illustrated the story of how her parents met in Mrs. Elton’s class.

We would love to see your child’s masterpiece on our "fridge"! If you would like your child’s art to be featured in this newsletter, please send your submission to

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The Financial Report

ASBO Award

The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) awarded the Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in the preparation and issuance of a 2019-20 school system annual budget to Provo City School District.

The Meritorious Budget Awards Program was designed by ASBO International and school business management professionals to enable school business administration to achieve excellence in budget presentation. The Meritorious Budget Award, sponsored by ING, is only conferred on school systems that have met or exceeded the Meritorious Budget Award Program Criteria. We believe our current FY 2020-21 budget also complies with ASBO’s Meritorious Budget Award standards, and we will be submitting the budget in an effort to win the award again.

If you would like to view our financial reports, they are available on our website.

Derek Anderson Business Manager

New Business Manager

We are pleased to welcome Derek Anderson as the new Business Manager for Provo City School District. Derek was born in Provo and grew up in southern Utah. After finishing his tour in the Army, he graduated from Southern Utah University with a BA and MA in accounting. From there he worked for Deloitte as a CPA and audited public companies before he moved into the world of public schools. Before he came to PCSD, he worked in the Jordan School District as the Director of Budgets and Accounting.

Derek is the father of four boys and a little girl. He loves to enjoy the outdoors, whether it’s through fly fishing, upland game hunting, or backcountry hunting. He has a passion for learning and remembers what a large impact a passionate teacher can have on a student.

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About This Newsletter

We hope you enjoyed this update from us. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, or if you would like to submit a story, please feel free to contact us.