Aug. 26, 2014 Board Meeting Summary

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Patrice A. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, thanked everyone in Facility Services for the hard work they did getting District schools ready for the new year. She said all of the facility upgrades completed over the summer months are phenomenal and the excitement in the buildings is tremendous as principals, teachers and staff welcome students back. She thanked District leaders for a great Administrative Conference and bus tour of the cities Jordan District serves. Teri Timpson, Administrator of Schools, reported on the implementation of the Turnaround project at three District elementary schools, Heartland, Majestic and Westvale. She said it is an intense program with data driven decision-making that will move schools from good to great. She said all three Turnaround schools have 90-day action plans and are committed to the very hard work that will result in changes in student achievement. Paul Bergera, staff assistant, Auxiliary Services, presented information about the launch of the District pedestrian safety program, “Green Ribbon Month.” He shared packets that have been distributed to all elementary schools to help them with safety activities during the month of September and showed a safety video produced by the District’s Communications office which will kick off “Green Ribbon Month” in our schools. Scott Thomas, Administrator of Auxiliary Services, said it was a busy summer for Facility Services and custodians in the District. He said 2,300 work orders were completed while students were on summer break.

The Board recognized Jason Skidmore, CTE Director, as the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s 2014 National School Administrator of the Year.

  • Elected Official Comments
  • Herriman Mayor Carmen Freeman said he was grateful for all the effort put forth by the Board of Education in working collaboratively with the cities.
  • Board Comments
  • Kayleen Whitelock thanked the administrative staff for all the extra time they spent over the summer months working with cities in the District.
  • Peggy Jo Kennett enjoyed the Administrative Conference and bus tour of West Jordan with school principals. She said parents and patrons appreciate the walls that have been installed at West Jordan Elementary.
  • Susan Pulsipher attended the Legislative Committee meeting where members set priorities for the upcoming legislative session. She also attended a Legislative Task Force meeting where they discussed school principal training.
  • Richard Osborn said the Jordan Education Foundation golf tournament was a success. He thanked teachers and principals for making District schools so successful.
  • Janice Voorhies said everyone at Mountain Shadows was thrilled to see the bus lane and parking alterations that increase safety at the school. She also enjoyed the Administrative Conference and new teacher induction.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel and property. In open session, the Board discussed the West Jordan City Memorandum of Understanding and proposed revisions to Administrative Policy DA167 Transportation. They also reviewed the Peachjar communications system, Dual Immersion staffing and an exit survey for students and parents. In addition, they received a Board calendar update and reviewed policy governance.

– 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