Aug. 30, 2016 Board Meeting Summary

Parent Engagement with STEM Standards
Laura Finlinson, Administrator of Curriculum and Staff Development, and Jane Harward, Science/STEM Consultant, presented to the Board plans for engaging parents regarding the new science and engineering education standards. A series of five parent meetings will be held at select middle schools throughout the District to inform patrons on the new standards.

Policy on Board Authorization for Charter Schools
The Board approved a new policy regarding charter schools and authorized the charter school agreement for the proposed REAL Salt Lake Charter School, which the District is sponsoring in Herriman.

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Patrice A. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, said that the District had a successful start to the school year.  She commended all classified staff, teachers and administrators for their hard work as the new school year begins for students. She also thanked all employees who are mentoring new teachers.  Scott Thomas, Administrator of Auxiliary Services, and Dave Rostrum, Director of Facility Services, updated the Board on the status of summer projects. All projects undertaken this summer are either 100% complete or nearly 100% completed, with a few punchlist items to be finished.

Finance and Audit Board Advisory Committee
Joe Christensen, CPA, presented to the Board his findings during a recent internal audit of the District’s Transportation Department. Mr. Christensen explained how the audit was conducted. Comparisons were made with other similarly sized districts in Utah. Four recommendations were made to the Board for the Transportation Department to potentially implement:

  1. Evaluate bus utilization to improve passenger loads.
  2. Evaluate ways to improve eligible miles.
  3. Work with other districts in the purchase of new buses.
  4. Improve reporting of “courtesy riders.”

Patron Comments
Vicki Olsen, JEA President, thanked the Board for listening to teacher comments during a discussion about State Board Rule R277-511 Alternative Path to Teaching Program (APT). She felt that the teachers have been heard and that the Board cares about their opinion on the new rule.

  • Board Comments
  • Kayleen Whitelock praised the administrators and staff at Riverside Elementary for their dedication to Modified Traditional Scheduling that is being implemented this year. She also complimented staff at Bingham High School for helping to find a resolution to the crowded parking situation at the school.
  • Lynn Crane attended a recent meeting of the Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation board and reported briefly on this end of summer meeting.
  • Richard Osborn attended the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) board meeting and reported that the UHSAA will have training for athletic directors and principals soon.
  • Janice Voorhies attended the Western Growth Coalition meeting where select committee projects were discussed.
  • Susan Pulsipher attended the Utah School Board Association delegate assembly. She also praised the opportunity to partner with the RSL soccer club as providing a “great opportunity for students and a great opportunity for teachers.”
  • Matt Young praised the RSL soccer club for being a “great partner” with the District regarding the negotiation of the recent agreement to form a District authorized charter school.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel and property issues.  In open session the Board reviewed two policies and discussed other Board issues and concerns.

– Scott Iddings, Communications Manager

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