March 31, 2015 Board Meeting Summary

Administrative Appointment
The Board approved the appointment of Dan Ellis as CPA/Internal Auditor, Accounting, Budgets & Audits.

  • Recognitions
    The Board recognized the following:
  • Todd Quarnberg, Utah High School Principal of the Year
  • Pam Su’a, BYU Alumni Cluff Award
  • Terry Price, Utah Family, Careers, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Alumni Achievement Award
  • Sterling Scholar Finalists
  • Aspen Clark, Herriman High, Family & Consumer Science
  • Melissa Ivie, Copper Hills High, Science
  • Justine Rupprecht, Herriman High, Dance
  • Stephanie Jencks, Douglas F. Bates Community Service Award

Celebrating Valley High School
Principal Sharon Jensen described Valley High as a school with amazing students who make her proud every single day. Isabella Clemans, student, said Valley teaches young people to be responsible and helps them get back on track to graduate. She said it is a school that transforms lives and futures. Aric Bennett, a recent graduate, talked about the wonderful diversity at Valley High. He said the halls are constantly filled with students who surpass expectations.

Pay Transition for Year-Round to Traditional Calendar Changes
The Board approved a pay transition schedule for employees in seven elementary schools that are transitioning from year-round to traditional calendars in 2015-16 (Butterfield Canyon, Columbia, Hayden Peak, Herriman, Mountain Shadows, Oquirrh and Riverton) and for all new employees.

  • Pay Transition Comments
  • Debbie Atwood, teacher, said she supports the new pay transition schedule and is grateful to the Board for recognizing how hard the pay transition is on teachers.
  • Becky Pratt, teacher, thanked the Board for considering options on the pay schedule.
  • Bobbi Loosli, an administrative assistant, urged the Board to go back to the drawing board to look at other options for a pay transition schedule. She suggested a 16-month pay period.
  • Jim Swapp, bus driver, asked the Board to consider the human cost, along with the bottom line, in any pay transition schedule that is approved. He said he does not support the proposal brought before the Board for the bus drivers.
  • Jennifer Boehme, JEA President, said she was pleased to work with District officials on the pay transition schedule and liked the options. She said overall teachers are supportive and see the wisdom in the proposed pay transition schedule.

Proposed Boundary Changes
The Board approved boundary changes affecting undeveloped property within the boundaries of Herriman and Silver Crest Elementary Schools.

Recommendation to Approve Capital Projects
The Board approved capital projects for the summer of 2015.

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Patrice A. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, said she was proud to celebrate the accomplishments of so many young people and District employees at the Board meeting. She also praised District employees who work with the homeless and for achieving zero Title II non-compliance issues. Teri Timpson, Administrator of Schools, presented an update on progress in three Turnaround schools in the District. She shared a video conveying an inspiring message from teachers and students who are excelling because of the Turnaround initiative. She praised the dedicated teachers and outstanding administrators who are making significant changes happen in all three schools. She said an intense focus on 90-day action plans and targeted interventions are leading to greater student success. She showed the Board how math benchmarks are up at each of the Turnaround schools and there has been a change in culture and expectations at the schools.

  • Patron Comments
  • Vicki Olsen, teacher, suggested the Board could make teachers feel more valued by visiting schools and getting to know teachers better.
  • Michelle Clark, parent, asked the Board to consider remodeling the parking lot at South Jordan Middle. She said parents have some serious safety concerns about the lot.
  • Roy Harward, parent, said State Risk Management has determined the South Jordan Middle parking lot needs to be expanded to align with current state standards for safety and the Board should seriously consider remodeling the lot.
  • Tracy Miller, PTA legislative liaison, thanked Board members for their active role in the legislative session, which she says made a big difference this year.
  • LaRue Edwards, teacher, said she does not support student fees paying for secondary foreign language assessments, AAPPL tests.
  • Tammy Johnson, teacher, believes students are being over tested and she does not support AAPPL tests.
  • Preston Affleck, Oquirrh Hills Middle student, requested better food in cafeterias throughout the District.
  • Parker Smith, Karter Andreason, Rhett Butler, Dallin Trickett, Logan Newbrough and Austin Oldroyd, Oquirrh Hills Middle students, asked the Board to approve installation of air conditioning at their school.
  • Board Comments
  • Lynn Crane said he truly appreciates all the great work that is being done by District teachers and staff.
  • Richard Osborn congratulated all the PTA Reflections winners and said the District will be well represented at the State competitions. He also congratulated Copper Hills, Bingham and Herriman High drill teams for taking the top three spots at State.
  • Susan Pulsipher thanked Mike Anderson for representing the District during the legislative session. She also applauded everyone at the Kauri Sue Hamilton School for the great musical performed by students.
  • Matthew Young said he is excited about the bright future ahead for Jordan School District.
  • Kayleen Whitelock thanked everyone who attended the Board meeting and District employees for all the work they do.

Closed and Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel, property, potential litigation, and negotiations.  In open session, the Board reviewed projected student enrollment, early retirement incentives, the teacher transfer fair and received potential budget items. They also reviewed the health benefit plan for District employees.

– Sandy Riesgraf, Director of Communications

Board of Education
Susan Pulsipher, President – Precinct 3
Janice L. Voorhies, Vice President – Precinct 6
Kayleen Whitelock, Secretary – Precinct 4
Jen Atwood, Member – Precinct 7
J. Lynn Crane, Member – Precinct 1
Richard S. Osborn, Member – Precinct 5
Matthew Young, Member – Precinct 2