Nov. 25, 2014 Board Meeting Summary

Recommendation to Adopt the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
The Board adopted the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2014. Paul Winward of the auditing firm of Squire & Company, PC, said the District’s financial statements conform with state and federal accounting principles. Because of this, the firm has issued an unmodified opinion (clean opinion) that the statements given to the Board accurately reflect the business that has taken place this past year. He said policies and procedures are being followed consistently throughout the District.

Patron Comments
Matthew Young, board member-elect, praised District accountants for their stewardship of taxpayer dollars. He also said it was disturbing to see in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, (CAFR) that the proportional allocation of general fund dollars for instruction has been decreasing over the past five years.

Celebrating Herriman High School
Tanner Gus, Student Body President, said he loves all of the amazing opportunities to create traditions for Herriman High which has been open for five years. He said there is growing student support and involvement in the school every day. Tanner praised the great work done by the school’s student body officers. Herriman’s ‘Hearts of Gold’ charity drive is about to begin and Tanner said this year all the money raised will go toward a Utah charity which provides holiday financial support to families with young cancer patients.

Information Items
Dr. Anthony Godfrey, Administrator of Schools, reported on new hire and staffing data for employees. He said Human Resources has done a great job recruiting with a total of 2,632 Classified and 2,811 Licensed employees hired for the 2014-15 school year. Scott Thomas, Administrator of Auxiliary Services, said 3,640 work orders were completed in the month of November and they are already looking at a summer project schedule. Mr. Thomas said an outdoor basketball court was installed at Valley High and a design for the new JATC South campus is nearly complete.

Bid Accepted
The Board accepted the bid for Board of Education legal counsel from the Burbidge & White law firm.

Patron Comments
Jennifer Boehme, JEA President, said lawmakers need to adjust the Parental and High School Responsibilities law because student attendance does make a difference in academic performance.

  • Board Comments
  • Corbin White said he is extremely proud of Rosamond Elementary for their annual ‘Read-a-Thon’ and everything the school does to get children excited about reading.
  • Peggy Jo Kennett said she was moved to tears by the West Jordan High Veterans Day program and enjoyed the school’s production of “Fiddler On The Roof.” She also appreciates the student body officer luncheons hosted by Superintendent Johnson each month.
  • Richard Osborn said the UHSAA will be looking at realignment of schools over the coming months. He said it was a privilege to accompany the Jordan Education Foundation, (JEF) as they delivered 100 grants worth $76,000 to schools throughout the District.
  • Susan Pulsipher said the production of Peter Pan at Bingham High was awesome, as well as the Jordan Ridge 5th grade patriotic program. She thanked all volunteers throughout the District, like Alan Hickson, who give so generously of their time.
  • Kayleen Whitelock congratulated the Bingham High football team for their state championship. She said Bingham High’s production of Peter Pan was great and Jordan Ridge did an amazing job with their patriotic program.
  • Janice Voorhies thanked employees in the Transportation Department and said it is always gratifying to see bus drivers doing all they can to transport students safely. She said the Sunset Ridge anti-bullying program was very moving and she applauded Hayden Peak and Falcon Ridge for their wonderful Veterans Day programs. 

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel and property. In open session, the Board reviewed traditional and year-round calendars for the 2015-16 school year and tentative calendars for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years. They also reviewed leave requests and policies, student conduct and dress code and NFUSSD conference sessions.

– 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