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Faces of Sandy

Locals Who are Passionate about the City They Call Home

Hilary Ingoldsby Whitesides

October 1, 2011

But for George and her husband and young son, it’s not all about work.

“I truly love the mountains,” says George, who started a running group in her neighborhood last fall and recently completed her first half and full marathon. “My family and I spend as much time outdoors as we can.”

Whether you’re talking about business and economic development, work and accessibility to services, city safety and caring citizens, or leisure and family life, George wants everyone to know that Sandy has it all.

“We really are the ultimate base camp for business, leisure, family, events and restaurants. We have it all,” she says.

 

David Doty:
A Collaborative Approach

If there’s one word that describes David Doty’s feelings about working in Sandy, it’s collaboration.

Doty lives in Sandy and is the superintendent of the Canyons School District. The school district itself is living proof that one of Sandy’s greatest traits is the ability to come together for an important cause.

The establishment of the Canyons School District in 2008 was a group effort. Parents and city and school officials, feeling that the Jordan School District was too large to meet everyone’s needs, started the groundwork for a new district. With everyone’s help and input, the new school district didn’t waste any time in establishing itself as a premier district in Utah.

“Early on we developed four core principles to govern our district: excellent customer service, community engagement, student achievement and innovation. We’ve strived to make a culture where high student achievement is our main focus and the other pillars support that ultimate goal,” Doty says. “We don’t want public schools to be the schools of default; we want them to be the schools of choice.”

The district’s accomplishments in its short existence so far are impressive. Not only are new schools being built and older schools being completely refurbished, but new programs are helping students graduate with more impressive transcripts than ever before. Doty also says the district is in regular communication with city and business leaders and parents, and has forged a strong partnership with the Sandy Chamber of Commerce.

“We are always looking for ways to improve, and collaboration within the community is incredibly important. The time is long gone when public schools could operate by themselves. We need to be a part of the business community and political community to make sure our students are college and career ready. It will help the students and the community overall,” Doty says.

Doty and his family were first attracted to Sandy because of the school system, but that’s not all they love about the area. The outdoor activities, impressive park and trails system, and sense of community also make the Dotys proud to call Sandy home. And Doty is confident Sandy will continue to build a wonderful legacy.

“[Sandy] is a community that honors the past, but is also progressive about the future,” he says.

 

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