Oct. 28, 2014 Board Meeting Summary

Celebrating Copper Hills High
Matt Lyon, Student Body President, said the Copper Hills High School theme this year is ‘Our Time is Now.’ He said it encourages all students to do their very best and succeed. He said Copper Hills is proud to have one of the largest Advanced Placement (AP) and concurrent student enrollment. He said the school is also proud of its diversity and organizations like Latinos in Action and People of the Pacific. He said Copper Hills is very strong in the arts and has the best classified staff dedicated to students. He also said CHHS has the best principal in the state who makes everyone at the school feel like family.

Kelly DeHaan, music teacher at West Jordan High School, and Bruce Gunn, elementary math specialist, were recognized for receiving Utah Education Association Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Patrice A. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, thanked employees who do such a terrific job resolving conflicts in the District. She said SAGE assessments are a great opportunity to get our children career and college ready. Dr. Johnson said the District’s goal is to produce the very best students possible for the state of Utah. Clyde Mason, Director of Evaluation, Research and Accountability, gave an overview of SAGE tests and results from spring 2014 testing. He said the public can access results at the ‘Data Gateway’ on the Utah State Board of Education website. He said individual student scores in Jordan School District will be given to parents at parent teacher conferences at the elementary level. At the secondary level, reports will be sent home. Mr. Mason said administrators and teachers need to look at what can be done to strengthen SAGE test scores at schools District-wide. He said great potential can come from the proper application of individual student scores. Laura Finlinson, Administer of Curriculum and Staff Development, said “the District must intensify professional development because we have a responsibility to help our teachers help students do better in SAGE testing.” She said the District is changing its mentoring program to ensure new teachers are getting the help that they need and there will be more coaching from curriculum consultants.

Special Business Items
The Board approved a proclamation in support of Utah College Application Week (Nov. 10–21), a Bullying and Cyberbullying policy, the 2014-15 Utah Consolidated Application and a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the potential sale of District property.

  • Patron Comments
  • Vicki Olsen, a teacher, said she is very happy with the changes made to the bullying and cyberbullying policy and feels the result will help employees in the District.
  • Linda Stocking, an employee, said the dress code at West Jordan High needs to be defined so that there is no gray area. She said every student needs to adhere to the dress code every day.
  • Veronica Pehrsm, a parent, said she does not agree with how the dress code was enforced at the Bingham High homecoming dance. She said there needs to be a standard on how the dress code is enforced.
  • Kristie Frost, a parent, said she agrees with the Bingham High dress code but disagrees with how it was enforced at the homecoming dance. She believes the dress code was taken to the extreme.
  • Board Comments
  • Peggy Jo Kennett said she enjoyed the wonderful dedication ceremony at Blackridge Elementary School and the Utah Education Association banquet where two District teachers were recognized. She also attended the West Jordan High School Community Council meeting and thanked the District Communications Office for getting so many positive stories in the media.
  • Susan Pulsipher attended the Prosperity 2020 symposium where they said the key to achieving the goal of having two-thirds of Utah’s adult workforce holding post-secondary degrees by the year 2020 is to invest in teachers. She also attended the Utah School Boards Association meeting where results of the Governor’s Utah Core Standards survey were shared.
  • Janice Voorhies attended the Western Growth Coalition meeting where Mr. Larsen made a presentation on county-wide equalization. They also talked about petitioning legislators to change state law that will not allow car dealerships to be located within 15 miles of one another.
  • Richard Osborn thanked high school football teams in the District for displaying such great sportsmanship throughout the season.
  • Kayleen Whitelock thanked Jordan School District students. She also thanked the PTA for sponsoring a Meet the Candidates night and parents who participate in School Community Councils. Additionally, she took part in interviews for South Valley students and thanked teachers and staff at the school for doing such a great job.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel, property and potential litigation. In open session, the Board reviewed the draft of a five-year building plan, a memorandum of understanding with cities regarding undeveloped property owned by the disrict and enrollment distribution. They also considered a proclamation of support for Utah College Application Week and discussed questions for a survey on magnet schools.

– 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