July 22, 2014 Board Meeting Summary

Interim Business Administrator Appointed
The Board approved the appointment of John Larson as Interim Business Administrator.

  • Introduction of New Administrators
  • Carolyn Bona, Principal at Copper Canyon Elementary, transferred as Principal of Midas Creek Elementary.
  • Patty Bowen, Assistant Principal recently assigned to West Hills Middle, appointed Principal of Copper Canyon Elementary.
  • Rochelle Waite, appointed Assistant Principal of West Hills Middle.

Property Purchase
The Board approved the purchase of Riverton Miller property located at 12723 South Park Lane in Riverton to be used for additional CTE programs.

Recommendation to Approve Resolution Authorizing a Change in Escrow Investments
The Board approved a change in escrow investments that will save the District $50,000 which can be used to fund capital expenses.

Julianna Wing, teacher at Herriman High School, was recognized as the Utah Outstanding New Business and Information Technology Educator.

Facilities Progress Report
Scott Thomas, Administrator of Auxiliary Services, thanked custodians for the hard work they are putting in at schools during the summer months. He said the new Blackridge Elementary in Herriman is ready to open on Monday. He thanked everyone who has worked so hard at putting finishing touches on the school so that it can welcome students on the first day of year-round school.

Student Appeal
The Board upheld the decision of the appeals committee.

  • Patron Comments
  • Jennifer Boehme, JEA President, spoke in opposition to a district division. She said in a survey of Jordan School District teachers, 82% are opposed to a split because they fear it will mean a loss of jobs and opportunities for students.
  • Heather Reich, teacher, said she spent most of her summer break involved in professional development in an effort to be the best teacher she can be. She thanked Board members for their support.
  • Board Comments
  • Peggy Jo Kennett applauded Burke Jolley for all the great work he did in the District. She thanked Anthony Godfrey for his tireless work filling in for Superintendent Johnson. Mrs. Kennett said the Board has been very busy working extremely hard to serve the patrons and children of the District.
  • Lynn Crane said he appreciated Burke Jolley for the level of excellence he brought to the District and for his loyalty. Mr. Crane extended his best wishes for Mr. Jolley in the future. He said the new Blackridge Elementary School is ready to open and is magnificent.
  • Susan Pulsipher attended attended the 5th grade ‘We The People’ event at Jordan Ridge Elementary and said it was a phenomenal experience for students to learn about government. She thanked Anothony Godfrey for the work he is doing helping the Board get through an unusually busy time.
  • Kayleen Whitelock said she enjoyed participating in a number of parades. She attended new teacher induction where she said it was wonderful meeting educators coming into the District. She thanked the Board and staff for the extra time they are putting into work with cities.
  • Janice Voorhies thanked Auxiliary Services employees for all the hard work they do every day to keep District properties looking good. She also said she appreciates all the dedicated and respectful people who work in the District.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel, property, a student appeal, potential litigation, and negotiations. In open session, the Board reviewed the potential restructure of escrow investments. They also discussed portable classrooms at Copper Hills High School.

– Sandy Riesgraf, Director of Communications

Board of Education
Richard S. Osborn, President – Precinct 5
Susan Pulsipher, Vice President – Precinct 3
Janice L. Voorhies, Secretary – Precinct 6
J. Lynn Crane, Member – Precinct 1
Peggy Jo Kennett, Member – Precinct 7
Corbin White, Member – Precinct 2
Kayleen Whitelock, Member – Precinct 4