Nov. 22, 2016 Board Meeting Summary

Recommendation to Adopt the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)
The Board adopted the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. Paul Winward of the auditing firm of Squire & Company said the District’s financial statements conform with state and federal accounting principles. Because of this, the firm has issued an unmodified opinion (clean opinion) that the statements given to the Board accurately reflect the business that has taken place this past year. Mr. Winward concluded by saying the District is in a good financial position.

Members of Friends of Jordan School District, Dawn Ramsey, Tracy Miller, Mike Haynes and Cynthia ReMine were recognized for their incredible work on the bond campaign.  District employees Chad Margetts, Scott Iddings, Sandy Riesgraf and John Larsen were also recognized for organizing and producing the educational aspect of the bond campaign.

Celebrating Herriman High School
Lei Mobley, Student Body President, said Herriman High is a special place because of the amazing student body, great teachers and a caring principal who makes everyone feel welcome. She said the school’s motto is “Dynamic Leaders of Tomorrow,” which reflects the goal for students to become dynamic leaders in life. Lei talked about how the school embraces student diversity, while being united as one. She thanked the Board for helping to pass the recent bond, which will bring relief to overcrowding at Herriman High and benefit young people in the future.

Special Business Items
The Board approved traditional, year-round and AB calendars for the 2017-18 school year and tentative traditional and year-round calendars for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.

Public Input
Renae Sass, teacher, Oquirrh Hills Middle, asked if teachers would lose a professional development day on the new calendar. She was told the number of professional development days will remain the same as in the past.

Recommendation to Approve Policy
The Board approved revisions to Board policy E401 Student Achievement, which addresses expectations and sets goals for student achievement.

Property Purchases
The Board approved the purchase of 35 acres of property located at 9000 S. 6400 West, West Jordan, for future elementary and middle schools. They also approved the purchase of 91.47 acres located at 5600 W. 10900 South, South Jordan, for a future high school and other schools as needed.

Election Canvass
The Board approved a resolution finding and promulgating the results of the special Bond Election, recognizing 60% of voters in support.

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Anthony Godfrey, Associate Superintendent, said there was good news for the District regarding graduation rates just released from the State Board of Education. He reported that graduation rates in the District have risen from 85.3% to 86.6%. In addition, West Jordan High went from a 77% graduation rate to 84% in the 2015-16 school year.

  • Patron Comments
  • Allen Hixson, a military veteran, asked the Board to please recognize Veterans Day as a day off to support vets like himself.
  • Kerry Simi, teacher and retired military, said she prefers having students in class on Veterans Day where they can be taught about the importance of observing the day and respecting men and women who have served their country.
  • Board Comments
  • Richard Osborn reported that the USHAA will be making some changes in classifications for school athletics adding a 6A division. He said they will also be re-grouping schools into new regions.
  • Jen Atwood said School Community Councils have completed trainings and she thanked everyone who participated. Mrs. Atwood attended the West Jordan Middle musical, “Once Upon This Island,” which she said was amazing, especially considering it was the school’s first musical and produced in just six weeks.
  • Matthew Young, a member of the Finance Committee, said the budget will be amended to allocate funds to the West Jordan feeder system for targeted instruction and intervention. He reported that the Board of Directors of the REAL Salt Lake Charter will be meeting and he attended Riverton High’s production of “Music Man,” which he said was great.
  • Susan Pulsipher attended Riverton High’s “Music Man,” and the South Jordan Elementary Veterans Day Program saying both were fantastic. She asked District employees to help create a climate that is positive toward educators, administrators and school board members.
  • Kayleen Whitelock thanked South Jordan police and fire for coming out to support teams returning home after successful competitions like Bingham High’s 5A State Football title. Mrs. Whitelock attended West Jordan High’s production of ‘Shrek,’ which she described as really good. She also read a letter expressing gratitude to the Board and Cabinet for their support during her time as a Board member.
  • Janice Voorhies attended the Western Growth Coalition meeting where she said they are becoming more formally organized to participate in the newly formed Mountain View Corridor Commission. Mrs. Voorhies attended the Copper Hills High production of “Oklahoma,” where she said they did a remarkable job in front of a packed house.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel, property, potential litigation, and negotiations. In open session, the Board discussed Ends Policies and a safe environment for learning along with support and resources for the West Jordan feeder system. They also discussed potential boundary and school calendar changes for the 2017-18 school year and reviewed two administrative policies.

– 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