Principals Get Sneak Peek Inside New Elementary Schools

Principals Touring New SchoolsWearing big smiles on their faces and hard hats on their heads, the recently appointed principals of the District’s two new elementary schools were treated to a sneak peek inside the buildings.

Kyle Hansen is principal of the new elementary school in South Jordan at 10252 S. Split Rock Drive, and Doree Strauss is principal of the new elementary school in Herriman at 5692 W. American Park Drive.

Mrs. Strauss says she loves the natural lighting throughout the school with skylights to illuminate interior classrooms as well, which she says will positively impact student learning. She believes students will also benefit from the bright colors throughout the new school designed to help guide everyone from one area to another in the building.

Kyle Hansen says he is very impressed with the collaboration areas set aside for students and teachers to work collectively as a group. Mr. Hansen says he also loves the bright color scheme in the building and the abundance of natural lighting.

Construction on both schools is on time and on budget. They will open their doors in August for the 2017-18 school year.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates.

Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Students Break Record in Fundraisers for Souper Bowl of Caring

Herriman High StudentsAs people everywhere get excited for the big Super Bowl game, students in Jordan School District have been focused on something else, raising money for the Souper Bowl of Caring.

 The Souper Bowl of Caring utilizes Super Bowl weekend in America to mobilize young people to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities. Its vision is to transform Super Bowl weekend into America’s largest youth-led weekend of giving and serving.

This year, our students once again opened their hearts and managed to raise a record amount of money, all of which will go to 54 principal pantries at schools in the District. The money will help feed students who might otherwise go hungry during the school day or on weekends.

With money still coming in, the total raised so far is about $40,871!

Here are totals from several schools, which have finished their fundraising. The local Women in Business organization also contributed to the District’s effort.

  • Bingham High – $25,000
  • Copper Hills High – $5,000
  • Herriman High – $5,000
  • Riverton Elementary – $900
  • Eastlake Elementary – $700
  • Daybreak Elementary – Still Collecting
  • Fox Hollow – Still Collecting

Fun Fact Friday: District Receives Triple A Credit Rating

AAA Bond RatingJordan School District is one of six governmental agencies in the State of Utah to receive a Triple A Credit Rating from two rating agencies. Both Moody’s and Fitch recently affirmed the District’s AAA rating which is the highest credit rating available for a government entity.

Credit ratings represent the credit worthiness of an entity and are used by investment professionals to assess the likelihood a debt can be repaid. A Triple A rating means the District can borrow money at the lowest rates. When it comes to bond sales, this is important because it saves taxpayers money. The rating is also an indicator of an organization’s skill and experience with regard to financial operations including budgeting, forecasting and cash management.

  • The six entities in Utah with a Triple A rating from two rating agencies include:
  • Jordan School District
  • State of Utah
  • Salt Lake County
  • Salt Lake City
  • Canyons School District
  • Salt Lake City School District

We’re Doing Our Part to Reduce Air Pollution

CNG BusEvery day Jordan School District is trying to make a difference contributing to cleaner air for children and all citizens of Utah now and in the future.

Here are some of the things being done to reduce air pollution:

  • The District has 75 Compressed Natural Gas buses, which emit 40 to 86% less particulate matter into the air compared to diesel buses. And according to the U.S. Department of Energy, just one CNG bus can displace 1,400 gallons of diesel fuel per year. That amounts to 105,000 gallons less diesel fuel used per year in JSD.
  • A No Idling Policy reduces the time each bus is running by 24 minutes per bus per day. This also reduces pollution and saves on fuel costs.
  • The State Division of Air Quality just awarded JSD a $500,000 grant to help pay for 10 new CNG buses.
  • A Total of $2 Million in State, Federal and Local Grants have supported expansion of the CNG bus program in the District over the past five years.

CNG buses not only help reduce air pollution, they save taxpayers money. The fuel savings are huge. After a .50 cent federal rebate on every gallon of natural gas used in our CNG buses, there are times we pay nothing to fuel a CNG bus. That’s because compressed natural gas is just .50 cents to $1.00 a gallon.

Please join us in doing everything possible to reduce air pollution.

Energy Savings Add Up!

Every day a team of three energy experts travels from school to school and building to building throughout Jordan School District looking for efficiencies in water, power and gas usage.  And every day their hard work is paying off in a big way for taxpayers.

From July 2015 through April, 2016 the team identified:

  • A total of $787,399 in energy savings District wide
  • In addition, we received utility incentives totaling $170,821
  • That amounts to an overall savings to our taxpayers of $958,220

To get an idea of how much energy we are saving, take a look!

How Much Energy is Jordan District Saving?