Jan. 24, 2017 Board Meeting Summary

Celebrating Riverton High
Adam Murray, Student Body President, said it has been an amazing year at Riverton High School because of amazing students. He talked about the school’s ‘Silver Rush,’ and how Millie’s Princess Foundation was selected as the charity because all of the money raised will stay in the community to support seven local families with children battling cancer. He said every heart at Riverton High was changed when the fundraising total was revealed…a record setting $191,274.17! In addition, South Hills and Elk Ridge Middle Schools participated, raising money for the same charity, which means the combined total raised for Millie’s Princess Foundation is $228,000. Adam concluded by saying he is so proud of everyone involved in ‘Silver Rush’ but it isn’t about the money, he said it’s about the change in people.

Public Hearing
Public input was gathered regarding proposed boundaries for two new elementary schools in Herriman and South Jordan. The majority of parents expressed support for the ‘Option C’ boundary proposal.

New Elementary School Boundaries
Based on parent and patron feedback, the Board chose a modified ‘Option C’ for the new elementary school boundaries, which includes adjustments between Herriman and Butterfield Canyon Elementary Schools. Both of the new schools will open on a traditional calendar in the 2017-18 school year.

  • Recommendation to Approve Transition From a Year-round to Traditional Calendar
    The Board approved transitioning the following schools from a year-round to a traditional calendar for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Daybreak Elementary
  • Eastlake Elementary
  • Welby Elementary
  • Midas Creek Elementary
  • Silver Crest Elementary

Consideration to Adopt New Board Policy
The Board adopted a new policy regarding expectations for safety and security in schools and District buildings. They also adopted revisions to a policy regarding homework.

Public Input
Vicki Olsen, JEA President, said teachers in the District support the policy revisions regarding homework.

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Patrice A. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, expressed her appreciation to Board members for the professional manner in which they conduct their business and for making sure that students are housed properly.

She thanked Administrators of Schools for going above and beyond in their work on establishing boundaries for the new elementary schools. She said it was exciting to see the District’s Office of Communications host a successful USPRA meeting involving school district communications professionals from around the state. It was a meeting that included some of the most respected members of the media in Utah who shared their thoughts on getting the good news out and stories told about schools and education.

Steve Peart, Director of Custodial Services, gave the Board an update on the Building Evaluation Progress Report, (BEPR) program and how it has increased productivity among custodians and cleanliness in our schools and buildings. He said the program provides for regular evaluations on 300 to 400 job functions in custodial services and has resulted in building progress evaluation reports. Mr. Peart reported that all managers are now trained along with regular training for sweepers. He said the goal is to clean for health, safety and appearance, and his department will continue to improve in accordance with the Cleaning Industry Management Standards.

  • Board Comments
  • Janice Voorhies thanked Susan Pulsipher for her time serving on the Board and sharing her knowledge, which she said has been valuable to everyone. Mrs. Voorhies reported on the Western Growth Coalition which is working to be more consolidated in respect to what happens on the west side of the valley.
  • Matthew Young expressed his appreciation for the work Susan Pulsipher has done on the Board and said it has been a privilege to learn from her and work by her side. He said he is looking forward to continuing his role working on the Finance Committee with John Larsen who he called a man of great integrity.
  • Susan Pulsipher recounted her time on the Board expressing her love for Jordan School District. She said at the conclusion of the meeting her resignation would be final as she moves on to a new adventure as a member of the Utah House of Representatives.
  • Jen Atwood reported on the School Community Council Board Committee meeting where they talked about helping the District create a ‘Parent University’ to answer parent’s most frequently asked questions. She thanked everyone involved with School Community Councils saying they truly do impact students and learning.
  • Marilyn Richards said she has loved getting back into schools again, especially having the opportunity to observe great PLC’s.
  • Bryce Dunford thanked Susan Pulsipher for her time on the Board and said he is grateful for everything she has done. He said he is humbled and honored regarding his new role as chairman of the Finance Committee.
  • Darrell Robinson said he appreciates everyone he has worked with so far in his three weeks on the Board. He reported that he met with the District-wide Safety Committee, which has evolved over time into a great committee.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel and negotiations. In open session, the Board reviewed the foundational pieces of the administrative plan for increasing student achievement, the distribution of AED’s throughout the District and received a bond update. They also discussed a Town Hall meeting topic and reviewed Policy Governance GP111 Types of Meetings and compliance with Open Meeting Law training.

– Sandy Riesgraf, Director of Communications

Board of Education
Janice L. Voorhies, President – Precinct 6
Matthew Young, Vice President – Precinct 2
Jen Atwood, Secretary – Precinct 7
Bryce Dunford, Member – Precinct 5
Susan Pulsipher, Member – Precinct 3
Marilyn Richards, Member – Precinct 4
Darrell Robinson, Member – Precinct 1