July 10, 2012 Board Meeting Summary

  • Administrative Appointments
    The Board of Education approved the following appointments and transfers:
  • Scott Thomas, currently staff assistant to the Administrators of Schools, appointed Administrator of Auxiliary Services.
  • Jennifer Fisher, currently Curriculum and Staff Development consultant, appointed principal at Welby Elementary
  • Amanda Edwards, currently a teacher at Butterfield Canyon Elementary, appointed assistant principal at Welby and South Jordan Elementary Schools.
  • Tamra Bird, currently elementary math specialist in Curriculum and Staff Development, appointed assistant principal at Hayden Peak and Jordan Ridge Elementary Schools.
  • Mandy Braby, currently LPP administrative intern, appointed assistant principal at Foothills and Herriman Elementary Schools.
  • Rebecca Smith, currently Title I literacy coach at Columbia Elementary School, appointed as gifted and talented consultant in the Curriculum and Staff Development Department.
  • Kevin Pullan, currently principal at Welby Elementary, transferred to a position to be determined at a later date.
  • Jennifer Ludlow, currently assistant principal at Butterfield Canyon and Midas Creek Elementary Schools, transferred to Butterfield Canyon.
  • Rebecca Lee, currently assistant principal at Mountain Shadows and South Jordan Elementary Schools, transferred to Midas Creek Elementary.

Board Approves Revisions to Policy
The Board approved revisions to policy AA403-Competency Levels and Remediation Classes for Core Courses and Graduation Requirements for Grades 7-12. 

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Patrice A. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, gave a brief update on the School Improvement Academy held with elementary principals. She turned the time over to Jana Cruz, director of Nutrition Services, who reported on how the Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act will affect the District school lunch program this next year.  John Taylor gave a brief facilities update.  All construction projects are on schedule and progressing well.

  • Patron Comments
  • Many JEA representatives and teachers spoke to the Board about negotiations.  They encouraged the Board to collaborate with the JEA throughout the negotiations process.  Several shared their disappointment about how the negotiation process is proceeding, while others spoke about compensation concerns.
  • Larry Short, city councilman for South Jordan City, asked the Board to apologize to the parents and community of Bingham High School because of the play “Dead Man Walking.”
  • Todd Orullian, a parent, asked the Board to provide an accounting of the funds used on the books and the play “Dead Man Walking,” and demanded a public apology.
  • Board Comments
  • Peggy Jo Kennett attended the recent School Improvement Academy with elementary principals.  She thanked John Taylor for his work in the District.
  • Carmen Freeman thanked the staff at Herriman High for their efforts as an evacuation center during the recent Rose Canyon fire.  He also read a letter sent to the coaches at Herriman High from a parent, praising the athletes on the football team for their example in public to her children.
  • Susan Pulsipher recognized the fifth grade students at Jordan Ridge Elementary for their presentation on the Constitution.  She also read a letter provided by State Senator Aaron Osmond in regards to the Bingham High performance of “Dead Man Walking.”
  • Corbin White invited teachers to contact him so he can better understand their concerns.  He told the teachers in attendance that there is no additional money available, and the District is not holding back.
  • Rick Bojak recognized several schools and employees, including Monte Vista Elementary, for their efforts for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the fundraising efforts at Herriman High.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel, property, potential litigation, and negotiations.  In open session, the Board listened to a review of policy DA168 NEG—Assignment of Bus Drivers and Bus Attendants, and held a detailed discussion on policy AA413—Drama Production Selection Committee.

Steven Dunham—Communications Manager

Board of Education
Rick Bojak, President – Precinct 4
Leah Voorhies, Ph.D., Vice President – Precinct 6
Carmen R. Freeman, Member – Precinct 1
Peggy Jo Kennett, Member – Precinct 7
Richard S. Osborn, Member – Precinct 5
Susan Pulsipher, Member – Precinct 3
Corbin White, Member – Precinct 2