Dec. 13, 2016 Board Meeting Summary

Celebrating West Jordan High School
Brenna Booth, Student Body President, introduced a short video, which demonstrated West Jordan High’s theme this year, “This is Our Time.” Brenna said their goal is to unite the student body and make West Jordan High a safe place for everyone. She said a different atmosphere and attitude exists compared to a few years ago with students now setting goals and striving to achieve at higher levels. Brenna said they are proud of the change that has occured at West Jordan High and in the success of students.

School Recognitions
Members of the Bingham High School Golden Gate Club were recognized for helping others at the school and making students feel like they belong. Members said the mission of the club is to improve the environment at Bingham High.

  • Elected Official Comments
  • Mayor Bill Applegarth, Riverton, thanked the Board for taking part in the CDA, which he said would not have been possible without their hard work. He also thanked departing Board members, Kayleen Whitelock, Richard Osborn and Lynn Crane for their hard work over the years.
  • Mayor Carmen Freeman, Herriman, said he is grateful that the bond passed and said it will be felt for generations of children for years to come. He also thanked departing Board members for their service.
  • Patron Comments
  • Clareen Arnold, a Fox Hollow Elementary teacher, urged the Board to look closely at the pros and cons of transitioning Fox Hollow to a traditional or modified traditional calendar. She suggested the District postpone any changes at the school until the 2018-19 school year.
  • Spencer Smith, a Midas Creek Elementary parent, submitted a petition from parents in the Copper Creek subdivision stating that they are not willing to have their children attend Daybreak Elementary School. He says parents don’t want their children crossing 11800 south, which they consider to be too dangerous.

Special Business Items
The Board voted to commit an additional $1.15 million for the West Jordan Feeder System for the 2016-17 school year with a total commitment of $4.6 million over the next 4.5 years.

The Board authorized the sale of not more than $41 million in general obligation school building bonds.

Property Purchase
The Board delayed a vote on the purchase of 6.2 acres of property located at 1079 W. 10210 South in South Jordan and the sale of nine lots located at 11200 S. 1300 West in South Jordan.

  • Public Input
  • Jeff Burton, a parent, said he is concerned about the overall project and potential safety and noise issues that will come with building a school in the neighborhood. He asked the Board to delay their decision on the purchase of property at 1079 W. 10210 South in South Jordan.
  • Senator Lincoln Filmore, a resident, said the South Jordan property under consideration is land-locked and said taxpayers need to see specific plans and growth projections for the area before the Board makes a decision on the land purchase.
  • Lex Waterson, a parent, said the off-site costs of the development and access to a new school could outweigh the cost of the land itself.

Elk Meadows Calendar Change
The Board approved the transition of Elk Meadows Elementary from a year-round calendar to a traditional calendar beginning in the 2017-18 school year.

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Patrice A. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, said it has been a pleasure to work with great people who are leaving the Board saying it is apparent they have children at the heart of what they do.

The Superintendent shared with the Board a District Summary Report of the 2015-16 school year. She said much of the focus has been on the increased student achievement, providing parents choice and recognizing and rewarding quality teachers.
She reported the K-3 reading growth goal is 67%, well above the state goal for JSD of 47.8%. There has been a significant increase in the number of students taking the AP exam, from 1,940 District-wide to 2,287 and The ACT composite scores continue to increase along with the number of enrollment credits awarded.

Superintendent Johnson reported that graduation rates are on the rise, now at 87% compared to the state average of 85%. Considering the District’s $6,759 cost per student, which is lowest among districts along the Wasatch Front, Jordan gets a great return on its investment.
The Superintendent said Information Systems held 75 professional development courses for 800 employees and maintains 25,000 District owned computers. There are now 2,000 students enrolled in on line classes and there is on line professional development training for teachers. She reported that 23,000 teachers participated in professional developments sessions also available throughout the year. In addition, the Curriculum department is concentrating on coaching and collaboration for teachers.

Additionally, every Title 1 School now has pre-school classes, full day kindergarten and five have a “Strong Fathers” program.
The Office of Communications is increasing its use of social media now reaching 90,000 people a month on Facebook and experiencing tremendous growth on Instagram and YouTube. Currently 6,000 people per day visit the District website. She said our Communications Office is very proactive in pushing positive stories about the District out to local media outlets. Nearly 95% of reports that appear in the news about JSD are generated by Communications.

The Superintendent concluded by saying it is an honor to work with staff, teachers and principals who are dedicated to keeping the focus on Every Child, Every Day.

District Evaluation Executive Summary
Board President, Susan Pulsipher, gave a brief District Evaluation Executive Summary stating that overall the Board is very pleased with the performance of the Superintendent and Business Administrator. She said the District does a remarkable job. Mrs. Pulsipher said the Board believes there is room for improvement in areas of customer service in how we welcome, encourage and communicate with students and parents. She concluded by saying the Board appreciates all the hard work that has been done and there are many signs of great improvement.

  • Board Comments
  • Janice Voorhies said she thoroughly enjoyed the Copper Hills High dance program. She said the departing Board members have improved the world around them.
  • Jen Atwood thanked Richard Osborn, Kayleen Whitelock and Lynn Crane for their hard work on the Board and she enjoyed working beside them.
  • Lynn Crane said it has been a unique opportunity to serve in a District that he loves. He said working with Superintendent Johnson has been one of the greatest associations of his life and he really enjoyed all of his assignments on the Board. He praised the current Board for their unity.
  • Susan Pulsipher said she has watched change take place working in general harmony on a Board that has worked so well together. She said some really great things have been accomplished and it has been a pleasure to work with this Board.
  • Matthew Young said it has been a true privilege to work with Richard Osborn, Kayleen Whitelock and Lynn Crane and he will miss them. He thanked the departing Board members for sharing their wisdom and for their patience and their dedication to students.
  • Richard Osborn reported the UHSAA voted to place Bingham in Region 4 and all other District high schools in Region 3 for the upcoming school year. He said it has been wonderful serving on the Board and working with so many dedicated people.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed property and potential litigation. In open session, the Board discussed Ends policies to include a safe learning environment as well as a bond delegating authority resolution. They reviewed policies on calendar development and homework along with public participation in Board meetings. They also discussed Board member compensation.

– 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