May 24, 2016 Board Meeting Summary

Celebrating Copper Mountain Middle
Sydney Reading and Grace Schwitzer, student body officers, said Copper Mountain Middle has grown and improved each year since it opened three years ago. The school has great teachers, administrators and school spirit. They said it is a safe place to be and everyone is encouraged to do his or her best. The students feel blessed to go to such an amazing school. This year students collected money for a school in Uganda to benefit children in the impoverished country.

  • Recognitions
    The Jordan Education Foundation recognized the following as 2016-17 Outstanding Classified Employees:
  • Scott Bateman, Head Custodian, West Jordan Middle School
  • Brian Grimshaw, Instructional Support, Information Systems
  • Sharon Barlow, Nutrition Manager, Hayden Peak Elementary School
  • Brenda Groo, Administrative Assistant, Riverton High School
  • Angie Whitney, Administrative Assistant,, Elk Ridge Middle School
  • Region VI PTA recognized the following PTA honorees:
  • Carolyn Bona, Principal, Midas Creek Elementary – Outstanding School Administrator
  • Tawnya Bator, Midas Creek Elementary – Outstanding Educator
  • Regina Vondwingelo, Copper Canyon Elementary – Outstanding Educator
  • Stacey Marshall, Jordan Ridge Elementary – Outstanding Educator
  • Amber Gonzalaz, Jordan Ridge Elementary – Outstanding Volunteer
  • Maria Tegtmeier, Jordan Ridge Elementary – Utah Spirit of PTA
  • Administrative Appointments
    Dr. June LeMaster, Administrator of Human Resources, introduced new administrators for 2016-17 school year.
  • Anthony Muto, appointed Network/Tech Services Manager in Information Systems
  • Norman Emerson, appointed consultant in Instructional Support Services
  • Melinda Dummer, appointed Administrator on Special Assignment in Curriculum & Staff Development
  • Jane Harward, appointed Administrator on Special Assignment in Curriculum & Staff Development
  • Kristy Whiteside, appointed Program Specialist in Special Education
  • Cody Curtis, appointed principal at Copper Mountain Middle
  • Karen Gorringe, appointed principal at Terra Linda Elementary
  • Jenifer Ludlow, appointed principal at West Jordan Elementary
  • Michael Hutchings, appointed assistant principal at Bingham High
  • Kevin Barton, appointed assistant principal at Copper Hills High
  • James Groethe, appointed assistant principal at Copper Hills High
  • Kimberly Searle, appointed assistant principal at Herriman High
  • Larry Glen Richins, appointed assistant principal at Riverton High
  • Donna Hunter, appointed assistant principal at West Jordan High
  • Michael Christensen, appointed assistant principal at Copper Mountain Middle
  • Spencer Campbell, appointed assistant principal at Elk Ridge Middle
  • Timothy Brooks, appointed assistant principal at Fort Herriman Middle
  • Audrey Fish, appointed assistant principal at Oquirrh Hills Middle
  • Frank Preston, appointed assistant principal at South Jordan Middle
  • Brian Larson, appointed assistant principal at West Jordan Middle
  • Shauna Worthington, appointed assistant principal at Blackridge & Daybreak Elementary Schools
  • Lisa Jackson, appointed assistant principal at Bluffdale & Falcon Ridge Elementary Schools
  • Amanda Bollinger, appointed assistant principal at Butterfield Canyon & Herriman Elementary Schools
  • Suzanne Williams, appointed assistant principal at Eastlake Elementary
  • Jerri Mausbach, appointed assistant principal at Foothills Elementary
  • Lauren Goodsell, appointed assistant principal at Fox Hollow & Welby Elementary Schools
  • Tiffany Cooke, appointed assistant principal at Jordan Ridge & South Jordan Elementary Schools
  • Tina Susuico, appointed assistant principal at Majestic Elementary
  • Melissa Beck, appointed assistant principal at Riverton & Rose Creek Elementary Schools
  • Cherie Wilson, appointed assistant principal at Silver Crest Elementary

Elected Official Comments
Representative Rich Cunningham, District 50, complimented the Board for collaboration with cities. He said he will work hard in the state legislature to look at teacher salaries in an effort to hire and retain good educators.  Representative Cunningham said he looks forward to hearing from patrons for input on education issues.

Licensed Negotiations
The Board approved the 2016-17 negotiated contract for licensed employees.

Public Input
Jennifer Boehme, JEA President, reported to the Board that JEA membership voted to ratify the negotiated agreement for licensed employees. She thanked the negotiations team and John Larson for their hard work on negotiations.

Recommendation to Approve Updates on Five-Year Building Construction Plan
The Board approved an update to the Five-Year Building Construction Plan. John Larson, Business Administrator, reported that projections from last year are consistent with those for the 2016-17 school year.

Recommendation to Approve Policies
The Board approved and adopted two new policies.  Board Policy E402 Empowering Employees, addresses numerous ways to recognize the value of teachers throughout the District, and E403 Customer Service outlines expectations for interaction with students, families, and the community by the District.  Revisions to administrative policies AS85 Medication in the School Setting, AS90 Drugs and Alcohol and DP335B Personal Leave – Classified were also approved.

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Patrice A. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, shared with the Board that the District has received a USBE Migrant Monitoring Report indicating complete compliance. She read a letter from parents thanking Hayden Peak Elementary teacher Ms. Jarman for her amazing work with their child and all her students. Superintendent Johnson said as the traditional school year comes to a close, she is grateful to be surrounded by so many dedicated professionals every day, professionals who love what they do and love children.

Debbie Ballard, Specialist, Child Development Center, reported on the exciting things happening with preschool and early intervention throughout the District. She said the mission and vision statements have been revamped to create teachable moments in life-long commitments to learning and independence for all children. Ms. Ballard said the program served 900 students from birth to three-years-old.   This year, there were 1,145 referrals and 20,610 home visits. There are now preschool programs in eight elementary schools occupying sixteen classrooms, which serve 971 students. She said that everything they do with students is aimed at creating a learning experience.

  • Board Comments
  • Matthew Young asked the Board to review a draft proposal of the budget and suggest any changes to the language as soon as possible. He reported the Finance Committee will meet in regard to a proposed CDA and will soon have an update. Mr. Young said the Charter Relations Committee has been presented with a unique opportunity to partner with some great people to begin a District sponsored Charter.
  • Jen Atwood reported on the Health and Wellness Committee where she said they were able to see how the JATC South greenhouse is now producing an abundance of plants. The committee is working to encourage all students to download the Nutrislice lunch app. Mrs. Atwood also congratulated West Jordan Middle on its ‘National Schools to Watch’ designation.
  • Janice Voorhies attended the JATC South preschool graduation, which she said was delightful. She said the teachers are doing very impressive things with the children in that preschool program. Mrs. Voorhies also attended Mountain Shadows’ production of Lion King and said the students did a beautiful job.
  • Susan Pulsipher attended the Utah School Boards Association Board of Directors meeting where Governor Herbert was the featured speaker. She reported that the new Board member workshop will be held on December 3rd and she will be attending the Rural School District conference in Cedar City.
  • Kayleen Whitelock attended the Welby Elementary production of 101 Dalmations. She thanked the school’s PTA and students for doing such an impressive job on the performance. Mrs. Whitelock reported the Facilities Committee met to look at the Copper Mountain Middle School design. In addition, she reported on having a positive and productive meeting with Bluffdale Mayor Dirk Timothy and District representatives.
  • Richard Osborn congratulated the Herriman High Lady Mustangs for their 5A State Championship in track and field.
  • Lynn Crane also congratulated the Herriman High girls’ track and field team for their State title. He said he’s been impressed with schools in his precinct during recent visits regarding the proposed 2016 bond. Mr. Crane said it has been an extremely positive experience.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel, property, potential litigation, and negotiations.  In open session, the Board reviewed Jordan Education Foundation restated bylaws, disposal of surplus items and graduation information. They also continued a discussion on equipment budgets for schools. They looked at revisions to Board Policy GP 103 Board Members’ Principles of Operation and received an update on the progress toward the 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