Feb. 24, 2015 Board Meeting Summary

Administrative Appointment
The Board approved the appointment of Heather Ellingson, CPA, as Director of Accounting, Budgets and Audits.

  • Recognitions
  • Jason Skidmore, Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE), was recognized as Utah CTE Administrator of the Year.
  • Janae Barron, Midas Creek teacher, was recognized as Utah Outstanding Elementary Science Teacher
  •  Heather Christopher, Bingham High, and LaRue Edwards, Herriman High, were recognized for recertifying as National Board Certified Teachers.

Celebrating JATC
Karena Gonzalez, JATC student, told the Board her experience in Jordan School District has changed her life. She said she loves the hands-on learning provided by programs like Auto Body Repair and the professional skills students are taught through the Jordan Applied Technology Center (JATC). Karena is now an ambassador for the JATC, which she says gives her an opportunity to have a positive influence in the lives of young people. She described the JATC as a place that gives students college, career and leadership opportunities.

Bluffdale Student Comments
Students in Mrs. Cheeseman’s fourth-grade class at Bluffdale Elementary presented an alternative to the proposed 2016-17 pilot of a ‘Modified Traditional’ calendar at their school. They read a letter of support for their idea, which is a ‘Traditional Year-Round Win-Win Model.’ The students were told the Calendar Committee would consider their model.

Special Business Items
The Board adopted the 2015-16 student fee schedule and approved the purchase and sale agreement for property located at 12723 S. Park Avenue, Riverton.

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Patrice A. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, praised the students who spoke to the Board as exemplary and thanked them for their presentations. Wendy Harmon, Consultant, Curriculum & Staff Development, gave a brief overview of the MasteryConnect program. She described it as an instrument to give teachers and administrators individual data on students, which in turn allows for quick and effective interventions for individuals who are struggling. She said the District has offered more than 100 trainings on MasteryConnect. Rodney Shaw, principal, Fort Herriman Middle School, said MasteryConnect has made teachers’ jobs easier because they can do targeted interventions. He said the program is, in part, responsible for Fort Herriman having some of the highest science scores in the entire state. Todd Theobald, principal, Majestic Elementary, said MasteryConnect helps teachers chart a course for students and make corrections along the way. He said the program has helped Majestic go from one of the lowest performing schools in the District to outscoring 13 others last year.

  • Patron Comments
  • Alvin Merrill, parent, asked that his daughter be allowed to permit into Copper Hills High School.
  • Jennifer Boehme, JEA President, said she believes students are becoming overwhelmed by testing and that teachers are frustrated with the timing of testing.
  • Board Comments
  • Jen Atwood attended the Shakespearian play at Majestic Elementary, which she said was a very exciting experience and the performance was well done. She also attended the patriotic program at Westland Elementary where she said students did a beautiful job.
  • Janice Voorhies said it was delightful to see students taking charge of their lives with The Leader in Me program at Fox Hollow Elementary. She attended the Middle School Honor Band, Choir and Orchestra Concert and said the beauty of the music and talent brought tears to her eyes.
  • Kayleen Whitelock attended Elk Ridge Middle School’s ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ which she said was a wonderful performance. She also said she is delighted to serve on the Legislative Committee and reported that the Facilities Committee met for the first time.
  • Susan Pulsipher reported on two bills that the Board asked Senator Wayne Harper to run this legislative session. She recommended that Board members attend city council meetings in their precincts the first week of every month whenever possible.
  • Matthew Young reported that the Budget and Finance Committee is in the middle of solidifying the capital 2015-16 budget and he is very excited about where this committee is going. He reminded everyone that Southland Elementary is celebrating its 40th Birthday with an open house and a number of other special events.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel and property. In open session, the Board reviewed a timeline for potential implementation of a Modified Traditional Calendar pilot, the student fee schedule for 2015-16 and Policy Governance. They also discussed the capital projects budget and renaming the Jordan Applied Technology Center (JATC) to Jordan Academy For Technology and Careers.

– Sandy Riesgraf, Director of Communications

Board of Education
Susan Pulsipher, President – Precinct 3
Janice L. Voorhies, Vice President – Precinct 6
Kayleen Whitelock, Secretary – Precinct 4
Jen Atwood, Member – Precinct 7
J. Lynn Crane, Member – Precinct 1
Richard S. Osborn, Member – Precinct 5
Matthew Young, Member – Precinct 2