May 26, 2015 Board Meeting Summary

Jordan School District was recognized as the 2015 Utah Department of Transportation SNAP Award winner for fostering safe walking and bicycling to school.

  • The Jordan Education Foundation recognized the following as Outstanding Classified Award winners:
  • William (Mark) Raines, Facility Services
  • Jodie Bowles, Nutrition Manager
  • Lydia Hart, Bus Driver
  • Angela Allen, Nutrition Manager
  • Traci Mariano, School Administrative Assistant

Region VI PTA recognized nine students as State Reflections Award winners and six students who placed in Nationals. Jordan had more national winners than any other school district in the state.

Celebrating Joel P. Jensen Middle School
Sina Green, student body officer, said there is a new sense of pride at the school with tardies down by nearly 90% over the past four years, students working hard to increase passing rates with a goal to reach 85% and successful intervention programs which are helping with student achievement. She thanked the Board for approving installation of air conditioning at Joel P. Jensen Middle. Sina said Joel P. is also proud of its anti-bullying program, Latinos in Action, having hosted Governor Herbert in a bill signing event and being featured as Fox 13’s “Cool School of the Week” this year.

Recommendation to Approve Policy
The Board approved and adopted revisions to Administrative Policy AA409 Scope of Employment and DP324 Negotiated Sick Leave pending JEA ratification.

  • Public Input
  • Vicki Olsen, a teacher, said as a member of the Joint Relations Committee and a teacher she really liked the language in AA409 and encouraged the Board to approve the revisions.
  • Jennifer Boehme, JEA President, said the revisions to DP324 Negotiated Sick Leave don’t affect a lot of employees but do rather significantly impact employees who become parents through adoption.

Student Appeal
The Board upheld the appeals committee’s decision regarding a student appeal.

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Patrice A. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, said the students representing Joel P. Jensen Middle were fantastic in their presentation to the Board. She introduced Director of Special Education, Lisa Robinson, as someone who has done a wonderful job in her new position this year. She complimented Lisa for being proactive in addressing the needs of students and staff. Mrs. Robinson told the Board that Special Education serves thousands of children each year with 760 enrolled in a birth to age 3 program, 875 enrolled in preschool and 5,203 enrolled in classes serving students age 5 to 22-years-old. She said recognizing employees for their hard work each week has been a priority along with development of a steering committee to help the department move forward. Mrs. Robinson said the Kauri Sue Hamilton School received accreditation this year and that means a lot to the dedicated staff who work so hard for students at the school every day. Superintendent Johnson introduced Paul Bergera, staff assistant Auxiliary Services, and Lance Everill, staff assistant in Facility Operations, who gave the Board an update on school security. They reported that there have been security camera upgrades at all locations, card access installed at all portable classrooms and quarterly safety and security assessments conducted at all schools. They have also installed Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) at all schools and are working with JATC students to launch a District emergency app for all employees and parents.

  • Patron Comments
  • Christopher Lyon, a teacher, urged the Board to allow all seventh grade students a full year elective regardless of their SRI scores. He said this would give them more opportunities in music and the arts.
  • Board Comments
  • Lynn Crane attended a Herriman High business and marketing presentation and was impressed to see how involved students are in clubs like DECA. He applauded Herriman High girls track and the Herriman water polo team for taking first in State. Mr. Crane said he enjoys visiting schools whenever he can because he always leaves impressed with the work being done in the District.
  • Matthew Young attended the School Community Council Committee meeting where they discussed a goal of having every elementary school community council fully staffed by this fall. He attended the Finance Committee meeting where they are preparing to present guidelines for accepting future CDA and RDA proposals and they are looking at a District 5-year plan. Mr. Young also attended an emotional Kauri Sue Hamilton graduation ceremony, which he said left him very grateful for the hard work of teachers at the school. He also attended the CTE awards ceremony.
  • Susan Pulsipher attended the Rosamond 5th grade program on early explorers and was impressed by teachers who have kids so polished in their knowledge of history. She also attended the Kauri Sue Hamilton graduation ceremony and joined State Superintendent Smith and Senator Osmond on a tour of two District Turnaround schools. She applauded the Turnaround school employees for all they are doing to employ effective methods of increasing student achievement. She also thanked her fellow Board members for the fantastic work they are doing in a collaborative and cooperative manner.
  • Kayleen Whitelock said it was a great month visiting with all the schools in her area and she thanked the employees who took time to share their thoughts and ideas. Mrs. Whitelock attended the Jordan Education Foundation banquet, Kauri Sue Hamilton commencement, Bingham High’s alumni scholarship awards and the Elk Ridge Middle Medallion event where she said students were clearly learning to be good citizens.
  • Janice Voorhies said she had great times at schools in May attending Mountain Shadows’ production of ‘Shrek,’ Hayden Peak’s Night of the Museum where she said the talent and art on display were delightful, and the JATC awards ceremony where she was grateful to see so many students graduating with remarkable skills.
  • Administrative Appointments
  • David Butler, currently Climate Culture Specialist at Oquirrh Elementary, appointed principal at Hayden Peak Elementary replacing Diena Riddle who is retiring.
  • Administrative Assignments
  • Jill Durrant, currently a staff assistant, appointed administrator of schools for the Copper Hills feeder system.
  • Nicole Plenert, currently CTE consultant, appointed principal at the new JATC South.
  • Jenicee Jacobson, currently a teacher at West Jordan High, appointed as assistant principal at Bingham High.
  • Michael Hutchings, currently a teacher at Riverton High, appointed as assistant principal at Copper Mountain Middle.
  • Amy Adams, currently a teacher at Heartland Elementary, appointed assistant principal at Hayden Peak and Oakcrest Elementary Schools.
  • Suzanne Williams, currently a teacher at Terra Linda Elementary, appointed as assistant principal at Butterfield Canyon and Herriman Elementary Schools.
  • Sonja Ferrufino, currently a teacher at Riverton High, appointed as CTE consultant.
  • Rebecca Lee, currently elementary assistant principal at Blackridge and Foothills Elementary Schools, appointed JPAS specialist in the Curriculum Department.
  • Donna Hunter, returning from sabbatical, appointed administrator on special assignment in the Curriculum Department.
  • Administrative Transfers
  • Jacinto Peterson, currently assistant principal at Copper Mountain Middle, transferred to Valley High as assistant principal.
  • Janilee Taylor, currently assistant principal at Bingham High, transferred to Riverton High.
  • David Tilby, currently assistant principal at West Jordan High, transferred to Herriman High.
  • Mark Halliday, currently assistant principal at Herriman High, transferred to Copper Hills High.
  • Bryan Veazie, currently assistant principal at Copper Hills High, transferred to Bingham High.
  • Thomas Gatten, currently assistant principal at Bingham High, transferred to West Jordan High.
  • Timothy Heumann, currently assistant principal at Sunset Ridge Middle, transferred to South Jordan Middle.
  • Shelly Gottfredson, currently assistant principal at South Jordan Middle, transferred to Sunset Ridge Middle.
  • Tiffany Cooke, currently assistant principal at Jordan Ridge and Southland Elementary Schools, transferred to Blackridge and Jordan Ridge Elementary Schools.
  • Michelle Lovell, currently assistant principal at Daybreak and Eastlake Elementary Schools, transferred to Eastlake Elementary as assistant principal.
  • Jerri Mausbach, currently assistant principal at Midas Creek and Silver Crest Elementary Schools, transferred to Foothills and Silver Crest Elementary Schools.
  • Kristy Whiteside, currently assistant principal at South Jordan and Welby Elementary Schools, transferred to Daybreak and Welby Elementary Schools.
  • Ronna Hoffman, currently assistant principal at Oakcrest and Riverside Elementary Schools, transferred to Riverside and Southland Elementary Schools.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel, property, a student appeal, potential litigation, and negotiations. In open session the Board discussed a Herriman CDA, distribution of Land Trust plans and the Modified Traditional Calendar. They reviewed proposed updates and revisions to administrative policies and were presented with the proposed 2015-16 school year budget document. The Board also discussed study session procedures.

– 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