Sept. 26, 2017 Board Meeting Summary

Celebrating Copper Mountain Middle School
Student body officers representing Copper Mountain Middle School shared with the Board an original poem they wrote describing their school and educational experiences. The poem talked about a spirit of working together, finding success in academics and athletics and in service projects throughout the year. The students stressed appreciation for the support of staff throughout the school and that of Copper Mountain Middle School parents.

Dan Ellis was recognized as the newly appointed Director of Accounting, Budgets and Audits for Jordan School District.

Elected Official Comments
State Representative, Cheryl Acton, introduced herself to the Board saying she is honored to represent District 43 in the State Legislature and is excited to learn more about the District and its operations.

Consideration of Proposed Boundary Changes
The Board approved boundary changes affecting a portion of Murray City that is currently within the boundary of Jordan School District. The area will now be part of Murray School District and impacts Heartland Elementary, West Jordan Middle and West Jordan High School.

Recommendation to Approve Policy Revisions
The Board approved revisions to Board Policy E402 Empowering Employees, DP311 Evaluation of Licensed Personnel, and DP311A Evaluation of Administrators.

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Patrice A. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, recognized and thanked Shelley Nordick for the exceptional job she is doing with the Utah Consolidated Application (UCA) and providing an activity to demonstrate how the action steps all tie together.

Paul Bergera, Staff Assistant, Auxiliary Services, and Dave Rostrom, Facility Services Director, gave the Board an update on summer projects at Bingham High School, Copper Hills High School, West Jordan High School, Valley High and Majestic Elementary School. They shared pictures showing some of the projects completed and others still works in progress. Mr. Bergera expressed thanks to Board members for their support regarding renovations and safety upgrades to our schools.

  • Patron Comments
  • Alexandra Eframo, resident, expressed concern over the growing number of young people engaged in gang activites throughout the state. She said more needs to be done to reach children before they turn to gangs.
  • Board Comments
  • Janice Voorhies expressed thanks and appreciation to student body officers from District high schools that attended a candlelight vigil for a Copper Hills High student who recently passed away due to a terminal illness. She said the students showed empathy, compassion and exceptional support to the Copper Hills community.
  • Jen Atwood attended West Jordan High’s first football game on the new artificial turf field. She said everyone was very excited about the new field. Mrs. Atwood thanked Terra Linda Elementary for the fun 45th birthday celebration which was a huge success, adding that we have wonderful schools doing fantastic things. She reported that the Facilities Committee met to discuss property updates and the Human Sexuality Committee talked about roles and responsibilities and what can be taught in human sexuality courses.
  • Matthew Young appreciated West Jordan High’s invitation to attend their first football game on the new artificial turf. He said it was a fun environment and fun to be a Jaguar for the night. Mr. Young attended the School Community Council meetings in his area and said it was fun to see so much excitement for being back to school. He reported that the Innovations Committee will meet soon to discuss the International Baccalaureate Program.
  • Marilyn Richards attended Bingham High School’s homecoming assembly, which she said was a great experience taking in long-standing traditions. She also attended the Jordan Ridge School Community Council meeting to get to know the members.
  • Bryce Dunford congratulated Terra Linda Elementary School on a wonderful 45th birthday celebration. He also thanked Burlington Stores for their generous contribution of $10,000 to Columbia Elementary School teachers for classroom supplies. He reported that the Finance and Audit Committee met with Zion’s Bank regarding phase 2 of the bond sale.
  • Tracy Miller attended the 9/11 Sunrise Salute to Patriots at South Jordan Middle School, which she said was a great tribute to first responders and military men and women. Mrs. Miller also participated in the Color Me Miner Run at Bingham High School. She informed the Board that Jordan Ridge Elementary School’s PTA president is organizing an Acceptance Day, which will be held Oct. 14, at Bingham High. She reported that the Legislative Committee has schedule the Pre-Legislative Meeting for November 9 at West Jordan High School.
  • Darrell Robinson thanked West Jordan High School for inviting him to their first football game on the new artificial turf. Mr. Robinson has been attending PTA and School Community Council meetings in his area and recognized Blackridge Elementary 5th grade teacher, Amber Fairbanks, for opening her home to a former Blackridge family who lost their home and everything else in St. Thomas due to Hurricane Irma. He said the Jordan Parent University will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28 at West Jordan Middle School from 7 to 8 p.m.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel, property, potential litigation, and negotiations. In open session, the Board reviewed the spring 2017 testing data and the Modified Traditional Schedule at Riverside and Bluffdale Elementary schools. They also received and discussed the International Baccalaureate Program.

– Sandy Riesgraf, Director of Communications

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