Sept. 22, 2015 Board Meeting Summary

Celebrating Elk Ridge Middle School
Student body officer, Kylee Rasmussen, said she is very proud of Elk Ridge Middle School. She said the principal knows everyone on a first name basis and teachers make recognizing students a priority. Those recognitions include Student of the Day, Student of the Month and Citizen of the Year. She said the school stands out because everyone tries to follow “The 7 Habits.” Students can participate in a number of clubs at Elk Ridge like MESA, Mock Trial and Latinos-In-Action. Kylee said everyone at the school gets behind the holiday fundraiser and the community is a big part of the school’s success.

Administrative Appointment
Dr. Anthony Godfrey was recognized as the new Associate Superintendent of Schools. He was commended for his many years of tireless work in the District as an excellent problem solver and collaborator.

Recommendation to Approve Proposed Boundary Changes
The Board approved a boundary change affecting undeveloped property within the boundaries of Fox Hollow and Oakcrest Elementary Schools.

The Board Approved a Year-round to Traditional Payroll Transition
The Board approved a year-round to traditional payroll transition intended to unify the payroll schedule for all employee groups.

  • Patron Comments Regarding Payroll Transition
  • Jennifer Boehme, JEA President, thanked the Board for the collaborative work that resulted in improvements to payroll transitions for employees who move from one calendar schedule to another.
  • Patron Comments
  • Ryan Erwin, South Hills Middle theater teacher, proposed that middle schools be allowed to charge for tickets to their musicals. He said this would help to offset costs of producing the shows and help the programs be self-sustaining.
  • Alexandra Eframo, resident, said the District needs to find more money to fund education and she feels it should be based on family size.
  • Samatha Robinson, parent, thanked the Board for approving all of the recent improvements at West Jordan Elementary which she said is a big part of the community.

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Patrice A. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, thanked Board members for their passionate discussions and all of the extra work they do for the District. She also thanked everyone who worked so hard to get our schools started up and running smoothly this year. Lance Everill, staff assistant, Facility Operations, gave an update on the District’s safety and security initiatives. He said digital surveillance has been updated throughout the District and all portable classrooms have card access. Security doors have been installed at nearly all elementary schools and, over the summer months, Joel P. Jensen and Oquirrh Middle School were remodeled with an office relocation and security doors. Mr. Everill also said safety and security assessments have improved at every school in the District. Barbara Gentry, consultant, Curriculum & Staff Development, said thanks to U-STAR grant money participation in science and math programs has gone up in the District. In addition, the STEM Academy and other grant money will fund after school robotics and programming classes at five middle schools this year.

  • Board Comments
  • Matthew Young attended a South Jordan City RDA meeting where he said education interests were well represented. He also attended PLC meetings with the Superintendent at Rose Creek Elementary and South Hills Middle Schools, which he said were very insightful and educational. He praised the collaborative work done between Riverton City and Riverton High School alumni to create the Spirit Corner along Redwood Road.
  • Jen Atwood said School Community Council training sessions will be held Oct. 8 – Nov. 5. She attended back-to-school nights at the schools in her area and was very impressed by the great parent participation.
  • Richard Osborn reminded everyone that Region 6 PTA will be involved in Red Ribbon Week activities in District schools throughout the month of October. He attended a UHSAA meeting where they are working hard to raise the bar on sportsmanship in high school athletics. He said Bingham, Riverton and West Jordan High have been recognized for their good sportsmanship.
  • Susan Pulsipher attended the USBA fall meeting where she said the Leadership Academy classes were very helpful. She also met with the Jordan Education Foundation Board, which has set a goal of being more visible in the community. Mrs. Pulsipher paid tribute to teachers and administrators who work so hard on PLCs and she thanked Superintendent Johnson for her great work and the direction in which she is taking the District.
  • Kayleen Whitelock met with the Facilities Committee, which discussed boundaries within the West Jordan secondary feeder system. She visited Riverside Elementary School where she said everyone is very excited to pilot the new Modified Traditional schedule. Mrs. Whitelock said she loves going out to the schools to see the great work that is being done.
  • Janice Voorhies thanked the Jordan Education Foundation for the wonderful work that they do for the District. She attended a safety assembly at Westland Elementary where she said thanks to West Jordan Police, their canine and motorcycle officers, students took an avid interest in the entire event.
  • Lynn Crane attended Finance Committee and Facilities Committee meetings.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel, property and potential litigation. In open session, the Board reviewed tax implications for bonding, optional full-day kindergarten and pre-kindergarten programs, proposed boundary changes affecting undeveloped property and administrative policies regarding student pregnancies and conduct related to student activities.

– 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