Aug. 25, 2015 Board Meeting Summary

Celebrating Schools
Band and orchestra directors from the District’s high schools, along with Fine Arts Consultant, Mary Ann Erdman, were recognized for their work this summer making history in the Days of ’47 parade. In a record amount of time, the five high school marching bands combined into one band with a wonderful performance in the parade, making themselves and the District proud.

Statement Regarding Moving to Traditional Calendars from Year-Round Calendars
The Board approved and adopted a statement, which helps teachers and parents understand that whenever feasible, year-round schools will be moved to a traditional calendar. This will be done with sensitivity to the scheduling needs of families and that of employees.

5-Year Building Construction Plan Approved
In compliance with the District’s Interlocal Agreement with cities, the Board adopted a 5-year building plan to accommodate growth and address financing new schools. This plan will be reviewed each year.

New Administrative Policy
The Board approved DP 376 – Nursing Mothers in the Workplace. This policy was adopted in accordance with state law.

Student Appeal
The Board approved a student appeal to waive out-of-state fees.

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Patrice A. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, said it has been a great start to the new school year. She reported that enrollment is at 52,857, an increase of about 1200 students over projections. The Superintendent received a letter from the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) praising the exceptional work done by District staff in Title II funding plans and hiring highly qualified teachers. She commended Scott Thomas, Dave Rostrom and their team for the outstanding work they did on reconstruction projects in schools over the summer. She also talked about weekly PLC visits and how she was able to witness Daybreak Elementary teachers in action pinpointing and addressing student needs in unique intervention periods.  She shared a video that captured the students and teachers at work and she said the interventions are responsible for an increase in proficiency in math, language arts and science at the school. Scott Thomas, Administrator for Auxiliary Services, said his team completed 2700 work orders in the past month and they have had a very busy summer. He shared a slide show of all the construction projects now complete or near completion at various schools.

  • Board Comments
  • Kayleen Whitelock said she attended a Facilities Committee meeting where they are working on plans to build two new elementary schools in the District. She said that final plans for the schools will be made by September, with construction scheduled to begin in March and the new schools opening July 1, 2017. Mrs. Whitelock also thanked Dave Rostrom and his team for the hard work they did in schools over the summer months.
  • Janice Voorhies attended a School Community Council Committee meeting where she said they talked about ways to strengthen School Community Councils throughout the District. She thanked Mike Anderson for his help in the effort.
  • Susan Pulsipher said serving on the Finance Committee has been a great experience. She expressed appreciation for all the hard work that has been put into new and updated facilities throughout the District and thanked the audio/visual team for their work in the new Board room.
  • Richard Osborn said he visited students and staff at Welby Elementary and they are extremely happy with all the upgrades and changes at the school. He also praised the staff at Elk Ridge Middle for accommodating Welby over the summer months.
  • Jen Atwood thanked Dave Rostrom and Scott Thomas for the hard work their team did over the summer months on reconstruction projects in schools. She attended back-to-school night at West Jordan Elementary, Heartland and Joel P. Jensen where she said students and staff are elated over school upgrades.  She said she was very impressed by parent participation in the back-to-school night activities.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel, property and a student appeal.  In study session, the Board reviewed math assistance for parents to help children, recommendations for the summer 2016 capital outlay projects and middle school course requirements.

– 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