Fun Fact Friday: Congratulations to Our Award Winning Principals!

Each year the Jordan Association for Elementary School Principals (JAESP) recognizes leadership qualities that contribute to educational success in our schools. They award outstanding principals, who have demonstrated excellence and made significant contributions in seven different categories.

  • The 2017-18 winners are…
    • Innovator: Joel Pullan, Oakcrest Elementary School Principal
    • Principal Mentor: Kyle Hansen, Golden Fields Elementary School Principal
    • Instructional Leader: Michelle Lovell, Jordan Hills Elementary School Principal
    • Rookie: Suzanne Williams, East Lake Elementary School Principal
    • Community Leader: David Butler, Hayden Peak Elementary School Principal
    • Student Advocate Principal: Kim Gibson, Herriman Elementary School Principal
    • National Distinguished Award: Meredith Doleac, Monte Vista Elementary School Principal

Picture of Principals

FUN FACT FRIDAY: Dedicated Educators Drive CTE Success

Career and Technical Education courses give students a head start on the path to successful careers, often with the opportunity to earn college credit in high school. Jordan School District now offers 25 CTE courses at our JATC campuses.

The programs are successful in large part due to dedicated educators and JSD has some of the very best. We are proud of our latest award-winning CTE teachers.

  • Melinda Mansouri, Web and Mobile App Design Teacher, (JATC South) is Teacher of the Year for the Utah Association for Career and Technical Education. Ms. Mansouri is the author of the Advanced Website Creation Curriculum for Utah, a new course that is being added to the CTE course listings. She is described as a teacher who inspires students to be their very best every day.
  • Sue Taylor, Dental Assisting Teacher, (JATC North) is the Lifetime Achievement Award winner for the Utah Association for Career and Technical Education. Ms. Taylor was recognized for her outstanding contributions and service to CTE and her approach of returning to the basics, focusing on dental lab work.

Congratulation to these amazing educators!

Melinda Mansouri & Sue Taylor

2018 Legislative Priorities

The Utah 2018 Legislative Session begins on Monday, January 22, with a number of bills that will be debated impacting education.

Utah State Capitol BuildingThe Jordan School District Board of Education has determined priorities they would like lawmakers to address. Here is a summary.

  • High Quality Teachers – Student learning is our highest priority. We recognize that our teachers are the primary influence in successful students. We are continuing to look at teacher compensation to further develop a system to reward quality teachers.
  • Technology – Help us improve our digital learning environment by increasing funding for technology including professional development and technical support.
  • Classroom Funding – We want to get funding into the classroom where it can best impact student learning.
  • Additional Psychologists and Counselors – Support mental health initiatives for students by funding additional psychologists and counselors in our elementary schools.
  • Equalization – Support equalization legislation that creates greater property tax equity throughout the state to help all children.

Please join Jordan School District on Thursday, February 8, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. for a Legislative Forum at Elk Ridge Middle School in South Jordan. This is part of our Jordan Parent University. It is free and open to the public.

Fun Fact Friday: Tax Rates

Did you know that different school districts levy different rates for taxes? A school district’s tax levy is significantly impacted by the commercial tax base within its boundaries – the more businesses, the more money coming into a school district. Districts with a strong established commercial tax base can levy a much lower tax rate. For the past several years, Jordan’s tax rate has been below the state average.Tax Rate Comparison Chart

Fun Fact Friday: Cost Per Student VS. Graduation Rates

Graduation rates are in for the 2016-17 school year and they continue to rise in Jordan School District. The graduation rate is now 87.2% up from 86.7% last year.

When you compare the cost per student versus the graduation rate, you can see Jordan has the lowest expenditures per pupil and one of the highest graduation rates among districts along the Wasatch Front.

The chart below shows the numbers compiled by the Utah Taxpayers Association and the Utah State Board of Education.

Expenditures per Pupil vs. Graduation Rate