Feb. 28, 2017 Board Meeting Summary

Oath of Office
Newly appointed District 3 Board of Education representative, Tracy J. Miller, took the Oath of Office from Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen. Mrs. Miller will fill the remainder of the term of former Board member, Susan Pulsipher.

Celebrating Schools
JATC-North Student Ambassador Kevin Bacon spoke to the Board about the programs and opportunities for students who attend JATC-North. He is grateful for the opportunity to attend JATC-North and expressed gratitude for all of the new learning he is experiencing.

  • Bids
    The Board unanimously approved the following bids:
  • Purchase of twenty new diesel buses for $2,081,208.33
  • Remodeling of portable classrooms for $35,000.00 per portable
  • Portable classroom electrical services for approx. $250.000 per year
  • New portable classrooms $113,800.00 per portable
  • JATC-South demonstration garden for $240,195.00
  • New construction of high school in Herriman for $76,188,400.00
  • New construction of middle school in South Jordan for $29,429,365.00

Licensed Employee Compensation Task Force (LECTF) Presentation
Melissa Brown, co-chair of the task force, presented to the Board the findings of the LECTF, along with proposed recommendations. The Committee recommends a single-lane salary schedule, along with a ‘Quality Teacher Enhancement Fund.’ The recommendation is being made to help retain teachers. The task force further recommends that the change be made for the 2017-18 school year.

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Patrice A. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, thanked the LECTF committee for their hard work over the past several months to address compensation issues in the District. She thanked Administrator of Schools Michael Anderson for his tireless work as the District’s legislative liaison on the Board’s Legislative Committee. She mentioned the District’s meeting with Rep. John Knotwell and reported that he ensures his support of the Jordan School District in the legislature. She thanked the various District representatives at the District Schools Day on the Hill, including Silver Crest Elementary School students and Oquirrh Hills Middle School students. She appreciated the performance of the Southland Elementary School choir at the recent Jordan Education Foundation luncheon. She expressed appreciation to those teachers and principals who diligently prepared students and represent Jordan School District so well. Superintendent Johnson gave special thanks to Dave Rostrom, Facility Services Director, for his diligence in managing the new construction projects throughout the District. Mr. Rostrum goes above and beyond to ensure our students are properly housed. He does whatever it takes to get the job done.

TSA Audit of Jordan School District Transportation
Scott Thomas, Administrator of Auxiliary Services, and Lance Everill, Facility Operations Manager, reviewed the recent audit conducted by the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) of security in the District. This audit was a baseline assessment for security enhancement and was voluntary. The TSA is conducting these audits throughout the country and Jordan School District was the first to undergo the audit in the state of Utah. The assessment took place on December 16, 2016 for approximately 4.5 hours and covered not only transportation but also other security practices within the District. It was reported that JSD received a score of 84% on the assessment, while the national average for other school districts is 72%. The TSA praised the District for having employees complete the TSA’s First Observer Training and engaging in other “Smart Security Practices.”

  • Patron Comments
  • Tiffany Baker, parent of a Sunset Ridge Middle student, asked that educators be more sensitive to students who may be bullied. She feels that some teachers don’t wish to address bullying.
  • Anastasia Carr, a friend of a Jordan School District parent and student, also asked that educators be more sensitive to students who may be bullied. Matt Young asked that the issue of bullying be added to the agenda of a future Board meeting.
  • Board Comments
  • Darrell Robinson visited the Utah State Capitol with his daughter and other Bluffdale Elementary School students as a part of District Schools Day on the Hill. He also thanked those involved with the recent Parent University program and the Herriman High School lockdown drill.
  • Bryce Dunford congratulated the Copper Hills Drill Team on its recent state championship. He recently attended the Elk Ridge Middle School production of ‘The Lion King’ and was very impressed by the performance. He reported that the District Finance and Audit Committee had been approached by several taxing entities.
  • Marilyn Richards attended the Elk Ridge production of ‘The Lion King’ and was amazed by the performance. She also reported on the recent meetings of the Utah High School Activities Association.
  • Tracy Miller attended District Schools Day on the Hill. She mentioned the Silver Crest Elementary School performance at the Rotunda, as well as the Oquirrh Hills Middle School Robotics Team representing the District at the Capitol. She thanked Administrator of Schools Michael Anderson for attending the legislative sessions for the District.
  • Jen Atwood spoke about the APTT program being implemented for Parent-Teacher communications at Oquirrh and Majestic Elementary Schools. She says the innovative program will help parents assist their students to be better learners and the principals at those schools are doing a great job implementing the new program. She also read to the Board a letter from Helen Bergen regarding the history of the property the District is purchasing.
  • Matt Young attended the performance of Riverton High’s production of ‘See How They Run.’ He commented on how amazed he was of the talent of all the actors. He also said that the Innovations in Education Advisory Committee would be meeting soon.
  • Janice Voorhies attended District Schools Day on the Hill. All the students who visited the Utah State Capitol for the day impressed her. She also thanked legislators for allocating more funds towards education.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel, property, potential litigation and negotiations. In open session the Board reviewed Ends policies and administrative plans for accomplishing the goals set for student achievement. The Board received information on the progress of bond sales and the summer projects approval process was reviewed. The Board discussed two Board policies and the Board calendar for the 2017-18 meetings.

– Scott Iddings, Communications Specialist

Board of Education
Janice L. Voorhies, President – Precinct 6
Matthew Young, Vice President – Precinct 2
Jen Atwood, Secretary – Precinct 7
Bryce Dunford, Member – Precinct 5
Tracy J. Miller, Member – Precinct 3
Marilyn Richards, Member – Precinct 4
Darrell Robinson, Member – Precinct 1