Oct. 25, 2016 Board Meeting Summary

Public Meeting & Public Hearing
The Board held a public meeting and a public hearing to hear arguments in favor and against the proposed $245 million bond.

  • Public Input
  • Tracy Miller, parent and member of ‘Friends of Jordan School District,’ said she believes this bond proposal is much better than the last one and efforts to educate people about it have gone above and beyond. She applauded the Board for efforts to improve relationships with cities, improve trust and for reducing the cost of the bond.
  • Dawn Ramsey, parent and Region 6 PTA Director, thanked everyone for working so hard on the proposed bond and being proactive in trying to meet the needs of our growing communities. She said she personally strongly supports the bond and the Region 6 Executive Board unanimously supported the bond with a position statement.

Celebrating Copper Hills High School
Braden Earl, Student Body President, said a lot has changed at Copper Hills High since it opened 22 years ago. He said there is a strong sense of pride at Copper Hills, which students call their school ‘swagger.’ He said that swagger reminds students to always get back up and learn from mistakes. Braden said the student theme this year is ‘Why Not Us?’ encouraging everyone to strive for success every day. He said there are a variety of clubs alive and well at the school and the school’s strength comes from its students and staff. Braden thanked Board members for their willingness to help Copper Hills High out by approving some much needed upgrades and said students support the proposed bond and hope it passes.

Recommendation to Approve Policy
The Board approved and adopted, revisions to AS90, Drugs and Alcohol, which addresses student conduct and the 2016-17 Utah Consolidated Application (UCA), which meets necessary requirements to apply for Federal funds.

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Patrice A. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, thanked staff and members of the Board for their hard work in educating the public about the proposed bond. She also recognized Jason Skidmore for his vision and success producing the Pathways to Professions Expo, which helped so many young people see the connection between JSD educational opportunities and careers. She expressed appreciation to Boeing for a $35,000 grant to the Jordan Education Foundation supporting STEM initiatives District-wide.
Travis Hamblin, Human Resources Administrator, gave the Board an update on 2016-17 teacher hiring. He reported that 474 licensed staff have been hired with 100 more resignations than last year. He said the District has very strong relationships with BYU, BYU Idaho and Utah Valley University and is working to strengthen relationships with others like the University of Utah.

Mike Anderson, Administrator of Schools, reported on implementation of the Modified Traditional Schedule (MTS) at Bluffdale Elementary and Riverside Elementary Schools. He said the collaboration has been extraordinary. According to a recent survey, 78% of parents said they are favorable or extremely favorable toward the MTS, 8% said they are unfavorable toward it. In the same survey, 55% of teachers favor the new schedule while 14% do not. Teachers and parents agree that the greatest benefit to MTS is the small group instruction that students receive at the beginning of the day for “early birds” and end of the day for “later gators.”

  • Board Comments
  • Janice Voorhies attended the Pathways to Professions CTE Expo and was glad to see so many students engaged and having a good time. She also attended the Western Growth Coalition meeting where they discussed Mayor Ben McAdams’ proposal for a Mountain View Corridor Coalition. Mrs. Voorhies met with the District’s Licensed Educator Compensation Taskforce where the goal is to come up with ways to incentivize and reward quality teachers.
  • Matthew Young said members of the Board’s Finance and Audit Committee attended the State Board of Education Audit Committee meeting where they were briefed on an audit report that will be released on November 3. Mr. Young said the audit results will be discussed at the next Board of Education meeting. He also attended the Pathways to Professions CTE Expo, which he described as a phenomenal experience and a showcase of opportunities for students.
  • Susan Pulsipher attended the Interim Education Committee Meeting at the State Board of Education where they discussed a new school grading proposal. She said a lot of concerns have been addressed in the proposal. Mrs. Pulsipher also shared with the Board plans to meet with local lawmakers in November.
  • Lynn Crane told the Board that the Herriman City Council would be voting on a resolution of support for the District’s proposed bond.
  • Kayleen Whitelock said she enjoyed attending the Pathways to Professions CTE Expo and she hopes the Board can help make it possible for more students in the District to attend next year by providing additional busing.
  • Jen Atwood attended the first School Community Council trainings at Bingham High and West Jordan Middle and was excited to see the number of participants. She said the work of SCC members is appreciated in all of our schools.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel and potential litigation. In open session the Board reviewed Ends Policies and student achievement and proposed calendars for the 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years. They reviewed Policy Governance and received an update on 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