Dirty, unhealthy air in the Salt Lake Valley is getting some help from Jordan School District. For the past 16 years, Jordan has pioneered the way in implementing new technologies that have cut millions of pounds of emissions and helped save taxpayers’ money.
The District installed boiler controls in nine schools over the past few years, which have dramatically reduced air pollutants.
The District is adding to its fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which it began using in 1999. Jordan was first in the State to implement CNG buses. By July 2015, we will have a total of 67 CNG school buses in Transportation.
Idle Reduction Savings
Another significant initiative is an idle reduction program implemented by the District. Our bus drivers have reduced idle times by 24 minutes per bus, per day. It takes approximately one gallon of fuel to idle a bus for 12 minutes. We have cut fuel consumption in each of our 230 buses by two gallons each day just by turning the key off. This reduction in idling cuts carbon dioxide emissions from Jordan School District buses by 1.4 million pounds per year.
These efforts have combined to eliminate more than 3.6 million pounds of emissions from the air in Salt Lake County every year. Broken down, the annual savings to Utah’s air includes:
- Carbon dioxide 3.6 million pounds
- Carbon monoxide 279.4 pounds
- Nitrogen oxide 8,083.1 pounds
- Sulfur dioxide 22,543.2 pounds
- Particulates 1,621.2 pounds
- Mercury 0.1407 pounds
Schools across the nation spend $6 billion annually to keep buildings warm and lights on. Because of these efficiencies, Jordan School District saves its taxpayers more than $540,000 annually. This includes more than $73,000 savings in added boiler efficiencies and $470,000 savings from fuel costs for buses.
The District also receives a financial break in the form of grant monies offered by local utilities and IRS fuel tax credits that add to the savings for District taxpayers.
Students are making the world a better place with one creative work of art at a time. After moving on from school and council level competition, 198 entries have made it to PTA Reflections, District level. In all, 45 different schools from Region 6 are being represented. Reflections, sponsored by Chick-Fil-A, is open to grades K-12 with seven categories to enter: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, 3D Art, Dance, Music, and Film. A new category was created this year called Special Artist, made for special needs students. The theme was, ‘The World Would Be A Better Place If…” There was photography sending anti-bully messages and one young artist made flowers out of two-dollar bills. The entries were beautiful and creative. The PTA invited local artists to help judge. Winners will be announced Jan. 26 at Copper Hills High from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and those students will go on to compete at the state level. Congratulations to everyone who made it this far! Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.
The Jordan School District Board of Education has two new members and three new Board officers. Congratulations to Matthew Young and Jen Atwood who officially became members of the Board after taking the Oath of Office administered by Salt Lake County Clerk Sherry Swensen. Susan Pulsipher was re-elected and also took the oath. Jen Atwood is married and the mother of two sons who go to school in the District. She said she is humbled by her new position and will work hard to gain equality for every child, every day in schools throughout the District. Matthew Young is married with one son who attends school in the District; both of his parents are educators. He said he is excited about the many opportunities in Jordan School District to work with great people in creating and maintaining quality schools.
Congratulations also go out to newly elected Board officers. Susan Pulsipher is the new Board President, Janice Voorhies, Vice President and Kayleen Whitelock, Board Secretary. Good luck to everyone as we strive to make this year the very best for children throughout the District. Enjoy a photo gallery of these events on our Facebook page.
It is time again for the District to begin the annual testing with Healthy Utah. Here are the steps involved in participation:
- Get Started: Create a myHealthy Utah account. If you haven’t created an account yet, please visit www.healthyutah.org/myhu. You will need your PEHP identification number.
- Get Checked: Participate in a Healthy Utah testing session (click on Testing Poster Schedule 2015). All employees and spouses covered on the Jordan School District PEHP medical plan are eligible to participate in the health incentive program. Healthy Utah offers a free 30 minute appointment with a professional staff member. If you would like to schedule an appointment, you can log into your myHealthy Utah account or call Healthy Utah at 801-366-7555. After you receive your biometrics / lab results from Healthy Utah, and take the Health Assessment, you can earn $50 for the “First Steps” annually. You can also see if you’re eligible to receive the $50 “Good for You” rebate.
- Get Involved: Participate in a health rebates and the educational opportunities.
- Stay Fit: Participate in a health challenge or other Healthy Utah activity or service.
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They are celebrating Career and Technical Education (CTE) in some fun and unique ways at Fort Herriman Middle School throughout the month of January. The celebrations kicked off with a special visit by high school students enrolled at the Jordan Applied Technology Center (JATC). The students not only talked about the variety of opportunities available in CTE, they did demonstrations aimed at showing how much fun hands-on learning at the JATC can be. Right now 18 courses are offered in everything from Fire Science and Pharmacy Tech to Aviation and Engineering. Their message to middle school students was to start thinking about careers early and understand that you can earn college credits in CTE in high school. Thanks to the JATC ambassadors for sharing their inspiring insights on exciting futures in CTE. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.