April 26, 2016 Board Meeting Summary

Jordan Youth Symphony
The Jordan Youth Symphony performed prior to the Board of Education meeting. The symphony is primarily made up of 65 students from District middle school band and orchestra programs. They did a number of selections under the direction of Mecqae Colligan, South Jordan Middle School; Roelof Vel, District retiree; Keith Goodrich, Elk Ridge Middle School; and Erik Perkins, Oquirrh Hills Middle School. Thanks to Fine Arts Consultant, Mary Ann Erdmann for arranging the concert.

Region 6 PTA recognized six students who are going to the National Reflections competition. They also recognized Megan Murdock, Riverton High teacher, and Kara Kimball, South Hills Middle teacher, as Utah PTA Outstanding Educators.

The Jordan Education Association recognized three District teachers as recipients of UEA’s Excellence in Teaching Awards. The winners are: James Maughn, West Hills Middle School; Jennifer Boehme, Elk Meadows Elementary School; and Catherine Douglass, Elk Meadows Elementary School.

Superintendents Report
Jill Durrant, Administrator of Schools, reported on the State Board of Education sponsored Assessment to Achievement Schools. The District had three schools chosen for the program a year ago and Ms. Durrant said that it has been overwhelmingly successful. She said that Hayden Peak, Mountain Shadows and Jordan Hills Elementary Schools have all had positive outcomes in targeting lower performing students through the program. The improvements have been driven by a school transformation team which helps teachers use data to change their instruction and ultimately change the lives of children. Next year four more schools will be added to the program.

  • Board Comments
  • Janice Voorhies said she has attended several School Community Council meetings in recent weeks and appreciates the parents who are committed to school excellence. She also reported that there was an overall positive response to a District bond presentation from the Western Growth Coalition.
  • Susan Pulsipher reported on the Legislative Committee meeting where they discussed the potential to partner with lawmakers on some upcoming legislation.
  • Kayleen Whitelock said she appreciates the awesome support staff in our schools who deliver great customer service. She reported on the Facilities Committee meeting and recommendations and then the Board voted to direct staff to move forward on designs for two proposed new middle schools. Should the bond pass, the Sunset Ridge model has been selected for the proposed new middle school in the Daybreak community and the Copper Mountain model for the proposed new middle school in West Jordan.
  • Matthew Young reported on the Charter School Relations Committee meeting. He said the committee’s purpose is two-fold: charter outreach and a better understanding of the chartering process. He also asked the Board for a vote of support in exploring a new model for best practices in school district budgeting, which he learned about at the National School Boards Association convention.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel and negotiations. In open session, the Board reviewed the employee health insurance benefit plan and the National School Board Association (NSBA) conference. They also received an update on the proposed bond plan and the five-year plan.

– 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