Jan. 26, 2016 Board Meeting Summary

Recommendation to Approve Bid
The Board approved a bid for $13,198,000 to construct a new elementary school in Daybreak Creekside and for $13,535,000 to construct a new elementary school in Herriman with existing funds.

Celebrating Sunset Ridge Middle School
Daniella Rivera, Student Body President, said there is a great environment at Sunset Ridge with 1,500 students and everyone works hard at making the school bully-free. She said Sunset Ridge Ambassadors spread the anti-bullying message and there is an anonymous bully text line to report concerns. There are several academic clubs at the school including MESA with 130 members who engage in a variety of projects involving math, engineering and science every month. Daniella talked about the Math Lab where anyone struggling in this area can receive individual help during or after school. She also highlighted how service as a big part of the school’s culture. This past holiday season students conducted a food drive where 6,000 cans of food were collected for the Utah Food Bank.

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Patrice A. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, recognized the Board for its work on numerous committees making sure the public’s voice is heard and commended staff for being responsive to patrons. Dr. Johnson shared exciting news about Jordan being one of six school districts in the state chosen to pilot an early education initiative for pre-school students. She also thanked the Board for allocating funds to lower the District’s student to counselor ratio, which is now one of the best in the state.

Lisa Robinson, Director of Special Education, gave an update on the programs in her department. She reported that the USBE’s 2015-16 Special Education Annual Performance Report ranked the District at a Level One Tier. She said there are however goals for improvement, involving pre-school settings, pre-school outcomes and parent involvement. Mrs. Robinson also said they are targeting educational goals by reorganizing staff, adding support staff and collaborating with math consultants in the District.

Teri Timpson, Administrator of Schools, gave an update on the Turnaround Program process and success in our schools. She said change takes place in four areas: Leadership, Support and Accountability, Talent Management and Instructional Infrastructure. In addition, the Turnaround model instills a belief that all children can achieve at high levels. She said there are weekly site visits at all three of the District’s Turnaround schools. Teachers are given 90 minutes each week to look at data and their instruction is fine-tuned for benchmark assessments. Mrs. Timpson said the District is now in the middle of the second year of Turnaround and there is a noticeable change in the culture of our Turnaround schools. She said there is also a noticeable change in students who now recognize they have options to be successful because they see themselves as learners. Heartland, Majestic and Westvale are the District’s three Turnaround Schools.

  • Board Comments
  • Matt Young reported that he will be meeting with the Finance Committee in the coming weeks.
  • Susan Pulsipher said it is a very busy time for the Legislative Committee with lots of important work happening now that the 2016 legislature has convened. She met with the Public Education Appropriations Committee and that the Board’s Legislative committee will meet for a briefing every Friday morning at the State Capitol during the legislative session.
  • Kayleen Whitelock reported that the Facilities Committee has been very busy and members are working to address concerns of some Daybreak residents who are worried about a new development being built next to Daybreak Elementary. Because of the development, she said school parking lots will be monitored and the District will work with South Jordan City on safe walking routes due to the potential for increased traffic around the school.
  • Richard Osborn said he attended PTA Reflections Awards night where there were many talented students recognized. He attended Utah High School Activities Association meetings where they are talking about school realignment for sports programs.
  • Janice Voorhies said she will be attending the legislative roundup meetings on Saturday mornings where there is an opportunity to talk to legislators about education bills that are being debated. The first session is at Intermountain Riverton Hospital, Saturday, Jan. 30 at 8 a.m.

Study Session
In open session, the Board listened to a report on a technology plan for the District and the State, reviewed compliance with Open Meeting Law training and discussed student summer homework assignments. They also received the semi-annual report for review, discussed NFUSSD membership and progress toward a 2016 bond election.

– 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