Dec. 8, 2015 Board Meeting Summary

Potential Boundary Changes to Accommodate Student Growth
The Board of Education has been considering possible middle and high school boundary changes for the 2016-17 school year. The Board voted not to move forward with the boundary change process. As a result, there will be no boundary changes for the 2016-17 school year.

  • Public Input
  • John Gilgchrist, Quaid Green, Ryan Nelson and Cherise Owens, representing the Autumn Hills neighborhood, spoke against boundary changes. They said safety is a serious concern with moving boundaries and it would impact students traveling to and from school.
  • Allison Strang, Foothills Community Council representative, voiced opposition to the potential boundary changes. She asked the Board not to divide her community and to make safety a top priority. Mrs. Strang also said Bingham needs to be part of any discussion about potential boundary changes.
  • David Olphart, parent, urged the Board to stop the process until next year.
  • Jennifer Thane, parent, expressed concern over the impact boundary changes would have on Dual Immersion programs.
  • Kim Searle, Copper Hills High Assistant Principal, asked the Board to hold off on boundary changes until they can determine if the student population grows or remains stagnant.
  • Marsha Cumming, parent, expressed concern over the impact boundary changes would have on graduation rates.
  • Steve Fifield, Copper Hills High Community Council Chairman, said the Board needs more time to consider potential boundary changes and they need to see if a bond passes first.
  • Elected Official Comments
  • Mayor Bill Applegarth, Riverton, thanked the District and Riverton schools for all the great cooperation and support during the city’s year long 150 anniversary celebration. He also thanked Superintendent Johnson for her leadership and support.
  • Mayor Carmen Freeman, Herriman, thanked the Board for listening to the public on the issue of potential boundary changes. He offered strong support for a bond that will be on the ballot next year.
  • Sheldon Stewart, Riverton City Councilman, said his primary concern over potential boundary changes is the impact it will have on student pedestrian traffic. He said a well defined bond should be considered before boundary changes.

Celebrating South Jordan Middle School
Mia Brown, student ambassador, said the 1,420 students at South Jordan Middle have an outstanding attendance record of 90%. She praised the dedicated teachers, staff and counselors who are always there for students. Mia talked about the ‘Lunch School’ at South Jordan Middle where teachers work with students on individual improvement plans and she said test scores are consistently above the District average. The “High Five” club is a way to recognize students who raise their GPA and 180 students each year are recognized as “Students of the Month.” Mia said last year the student body raised $7,000 for their holiday charity, Sub For Santa, and this year they have a goal to raise $10,000.

Traditional, Year-Round and AB Calendars
The Board approved Traditional, Year-Round and AB calendars for the 2016-17 school year and tentative Traditional and Year-Round calendars for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.

Surplus Property in Salt Lake County
The Board adopted a resolution declaring surplus property at 14199 S. 4800 West in Herriman and then approved the purchase sales agreement for the property.

Interlocal Agreement
The Board approved a revised Interlocal Agreement with cities in the District.

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Patrice A. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, thanked area administrators for their hard work meeting with School Community Councils about the boundary process. Jason Skidmore, Director, Career and Technical Education, (CTE) talked about the importance of growing community business partnerships for students in the District’s CTE programs. He provided a long list of partnerships that currently exist and those that are being developed. He said CTE students have individual partnerships with 288 local businesses from horticulture to web design and these partnerships are giving students real life experiences that lead to good jobs. Laura Finlinson, Administrator of Curriculum & Staff Development, reported on promoting college and career ready students through competency-based education. She said this is accomplished by having high expectations for every student and providing educational experiences for treating the whole child. Mrs. Finlinson explained that contributing factors to competency-based education include rigor of curriculum and strength of course work. Last year, 2,724 students participated in Advanced Placement exams earning a total of 5,775 college credits.

  • Patron Comments
  • Kenzie Prows, student, said there needs to be more follow-up and support for students who have been mentally ill and are returning to school after attending treatment programs.
  • Board Comments
  • Matthew Young said the Finance Committee had a fabulous meeting with the District’s new financial advisors, Zion’s Bank. He said on January 12, the committee will report to the entire Board regarding a timeline to move forward determining the size and structure of a bond.
  • Jen Atwood thanked area administrators for their time meeting with School Community Councils.
  • Susan Pulsipher was pleased with the Finance Committee meeting and the District’s new financial advisors.
  • Kayleen Whitelock said the Facilities Committee is moving forward with plans for the new middle school and high school, allocating funding for preliminary designs.
  • Janice Voorhies said she appreciates her committee work and has learned a great deal from the work.
  • Richard Osborn attended the Jordan Youth Symphony at Jordan Ridge Elementary and said it is such a thrill to see the improvement students have made and see the kids doing something they love to do.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel and property. In open session, the Board reviewed administrative policies and discussed proposed calendars for the 2016-17 school year and tentative calendars for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school year. They listened to results of a patron survey on a school calendar for Falcon Ridge Elementary, reviewed School Community Council meetings on potential boundary changes, discussed an updated Interlocal Agreement and a Board meeting change of date. The Board also reviewed annual budgets for principals and Policy Governance EL 305 Emergency Succession.

– 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