Nov. 24, 2015 Board Meeting Summary

Recommendation to Adopt the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)
The Board adopted the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. Paul Winward of the auditing firm of Squire & Company 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. Mr. Winward also reported that auditors visited 23 District schools to review their financial policies and will continue to visit one-third of all schools in the District each year.

Celebrating South Hills Middle School
Ty Davis, student body officer, said students and staffs are changing the culture at South Hills Middle School by facing bullying head on. They are doing it with the help of Rachel’s Challenge Organization, which teaches young people ways to look for the best in one another and speak with kindness. Ty said the school’s Tiger Squad is now trained to teach anti-bullying and they participate in random acts of kindness. He said everyone is proud of the annual food, clothing and book drive for the local homeless shelter, and students take pride in the school itself by helping to keep it clean and looking good.

Recommendation to Approve Policy
The Board approved and adopted a new administrative policy, AA450 Admission Charges to Extra-Curricular Activities and Performances, for secondary schools in the District.

Support for a New West Jordan Recreation Center
The Board approved the drafting of a letter for the ZAP committee in support of a new Recreation Center in West Jordan in concept but presently cannot make a monetary commitment.

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Patrice A. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, said that November has been a terrific month with amazing high school musicals, patriotic programs at our elementary schools and athletic playoffs. She said the Professional Learning Community visits to schools show the District’s dedication to student achievement at high levels. Superintendent Johnson congratulated Nancy Ward and her team for successfully delivering 769 Thanksgiving meals to families throughout the District. She said you could feel the gratitude of those who received the meals.
Mary Ann Erdmann, Fine Arts Consultant, Curriculum & Staff Development, reported on the Beverley Taylor Sorensen Arts Learning Program and Integration of the Arts in elementary schools. She reported that 23 elementary schools now participate in Beverley Taylor Sorensen programs thanks to grant money that covers 80% of the cost. There are now 11 music specialists, 8 in visual arts, 3 in dance and one drama specialist, working with children throughout the District in arts integration.

  • Board Comments
  • Matthew Young said he is excited to have Zion’s Bank on board as financial advisors and to provide bond election services.
  • Jen Atwood thanked West Jordan and Copper Hills High for the invitations to fantastic plays.
  • Lynn Crane recognized the Herriman High Mustangs for winning their first State 5A Football Championship. He said it was a great accomplishment for a relatively new high school. He thanked Unified Police, Fire and Herriman City for the reception they provided as the football team arrived home after their big win.
  • Susan Pulsipher attended a Joint Legislative Committee meeting where they discussed a master plan for technology and how to best approach the plan in the future.
  • Kayleen Whitelock attended the West Jordan High musical, which she described as delightful. Mrs. Whitelock said Bingham High’s musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” was also impressive. She attended a Facilities Committee meeting and reminded patrons that the District has a cemetery for sale.
  • Janice Voorhies attended patriotic programs at Hayden Peak and Falcon Ridge Elementary Schools. She said it is moving to see children recognizing the value of freedom.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel, property, and negotiations. In open session, the Board reviewed proposed Traditional and Year-Round Calendars for the 2016-17 school year and tentative Traditional and Year-Round calendars for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years and reviewed employee leave requests and policies. The Board also reviewed updates to administrative policies for employees and an early notification incentive data report. In addition, they talked about recent election results pertaining to school district bond elections statewide.

– 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