Dec. 9, 2014 Board Meeting Summary

The Board Adopts a Resolution Against Selection of West Jordan for the Prison Relocation Site
The Board unanimously adopted a resolution stating strong opposition to the selection of 400 acres of undeveloped land in West Jordan as a proposed prison relocation site.

Public Comment
South Jordan Mayor Dave Alvord thanked the Board for adopting a resolution against selection of West Jordan for the prison relocation site.

Recommendation to Approve Traditional and Year-Round Calendars
The Board approved the traditional, year-round and AB2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.

Celebrating Riverton High
Parker Wilder, student body president, said Riverton High students have begun their annual Silver Rush

Elected Official Comments
Riverton Mayor Carmen Freeman expressed his love and appreciation to Peggy Jo Kennett for serving the District well.

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Patrice A. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, reported  She applauded teachers for doing an excellent job and said the five-year AP test performance is up with more students taking and passing tests. Superintendent Johnson also reported that the outstanding work of teachers and counselors has resulted in a 3.8% increase in concurrent enrollment. She said graduation rates also increased. She said teachers must challenge students at individual levels, because all children can learn at high levels. The Superintendent expressed her appreciation for outgoing Board members Corbin White and Peggy Jo Kennett and said it was an honor and privilege to work with them. Laura Finlinson, Administrator of Curriculum and Staff Development, reported that the District received more than $2.5 million in grant money in the 2013-14 school year with a good portion of that money going to fund STEM programs.

  • Patron Comments
  • Vicki Olsen, teacher, thanked the Board for allowing high schools to have half-day professional development time and she asked that it become permanent.
  • Matt Young, Board member-elect, praised Riverton High for having such a profound impact on the community with Silver Rush activities. He said Silver Rush is part of the soul of the community and everyone should be very proud of the students behind the annual charity fundraiser.
  • Sandy King, teacher, asked the Board to support more technology training for teachers and additional technology in the classrooms. Debbie Bills, past JESPA president, thanked Corbin White and Peggy Jo Kennett for their service on the Board and the difficult decisions they often had to make.
  • Jennifer Boehme, JEA president, urged the Board not to place year-round schools on a two-year, temporary traditional calendar. She also thanked Corbin White and Peggy Jo Kennett for their service on the Board.
  • Becky Pratt, teacher, said she appreciates all the work on behalf of the Board that goes into making decisions for the District. She said moving year-round schools to traditional calendars whenever possible is healthy because it allows teachers to collaborate.
  • Board Comments
  • Corbin White said it has been a growing experience sitting on the Board of Education and he has made tremendous friendships. Mr. White said he realizes how much people working in the District and on the Board sacrifice and he thanked voters for their support.
  • Peggy Jo Kennett said leaving her seat on the Board of Education is bittersweet and she has been honored to serve the District for 16 years. She thanked Superintendents Johnson and Newbold for being two of the finest in the state and the voters for their confidence. She also acknowledged John Larsen and Burke Jolley for their work in keeping the District financially sound.
  • Richard Osborn thanked Corbin White and Peggy Jo Kennett for their service. He said the UHSAA extended its congratulations to Bingham High for consecutive state 5A titles in football.
  • Kayleen Whitelock said she enjoyed attending the patriotic program at Jordan Ridge Elementary and said it is nice to see a school so civic minded. She also thanked teachers in the arts for their hard work producing so many wonderful concerts and holiday performances this time of year.
  • Janice Voorhies thanked Peggy Jo Kennett and Corbin White for choosing difficult tasks as Board members and sticking with the job. She also thanked those who attend Board meetings for their support.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel, property and potential litigation. In open study session, the Board discussed the potential prison relocation site. They also reviewed the school schedules for 2015-16, which includes moving five elementary schools from year-round to a traditional calendar, benefiting families and saving operational costs. Riverton, Columbia, Hayden Peak, Mountain Shadows and Oquirrh Elementary Schools will begin a traditional calendar in the 2015-16 school year. The policies regarding student conduct and dress and early notification incentive for resignation and retirements were also discussed.

– Sandy Riesgraf, Director of Communications

Board of Education
Richard S. Osborn, President – Precinct 5
Susan Pulsipher, Vice President – Precinct 3
Janice L. Voorhies, Secretary – Precinct 6
J. Lynn Crane, Member – Precinct 1
Peggy Jo Kennett, Member – Precinct 7
Corbin White, Member – Precinct 2
Kayleen Whitelock, Member – Precinct 4