Dec. 10, 2019 Board Meeting Summary

Celebrating Fort Herriman Middle School
Kristen Revillo, student body officer, said at Fort Herriman Middle School all students are treated equally with no labels. She talked about the school’s “Choose Kind” initiative and their work to create a “Mile of Kindness” out of paper chains. Kristen told the Board that technology at school is helping with student achievement, along with teachers who are supportive and see to the academic needs of individuals every day. After school activities make all students feel connected and Kristen said that “Diamond Time” at Fort Herriman gives students time to improve their grades.

  • Special Business Items
    The Board approved the following:
  • An amended budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year.
  • The final terms and provisions of the 2019A bonds.
  • The 2020-21 Traditional and Year-Round School Calendars.
  • Additions to the school fee schedule.
  • Keeping Majestic Elementary School open for the 2020-21 school year.

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Anthony Godfrey reported on his activities for the month of November.

Dr. Godfrey recognized Jacinto Peterson as the recipient of the NAACP Albert Fritz Civil Rights Award. He applauded Mr. Peterson for his work with at-risk students and the difference he makes in their lives by having a positive impact. Dr. Godfrey shared a video of Valley High students and staff expressing their appreciation for Mr. Peterson and his work.

  • Patron Comments
  • Heather Reich, a teacher, thanked the Board for recognizing the opportunity to do something really amazing at Majestic Elementary School. She supported the arts option and extended learning option for keeping Majestic open.
  • Sandy King, a teacher, thanked Board members for all they have done to support educators, especially with the Teacher Grant Program. Ms. King said the grants are leading to more innovative teaching and a higher level of student learning at Columbia Elementary School.
  • Shannon Diotaiuti, a teacher, thanked the Board for coming up with options to keep Majestic Elementary School open and valuing students.
  • Kyla Asmar, a teacher, thanked the Board for researching ideas to keep Majestic Elementary School open saying she looks forward to the future.
  • Board Comments
  • Bryce Dunford recognized and paid tribute to all the high schools on their student service work for local charities over the holiday season.
  • Tracy Miller enjoyed the engagement with high school students at the Student Body Officer luncheon. She congratulated Valley High School for the great job they did with Career Day and the Jordan Youth Symphony for amazing performances over the holiday season.
  • Janice Voorhies enjoyed attending the Student Body Officer luncheon with remarkable students representing our high schools. She was happy to hear from students at Valley High who talked about things that are important to them.
  • Marilyn Richards attended an Early Intervention home visit that she described as very special. Ms. Richards also visited the Pre-School program at Kauri Sue Hamilton School and enjoyed interacting with the students there. She toured the West Jordan High School counseling and daycare centers.
  • Darrell Robinson said he enjoyed the Student Body Officer luncheon and attending several School Community Council meetings. He said he is working with Herriman City on a variety of things and appreciates the partnership we share with the city.
  • Jen Atwood attended an Early Intervention home visit and said it was amazing to see first-hand how much parents are supported through the program. Ms. Atwood had a fun day attending the Westland Elementary School music program.

Closed, Study Session
In open session, Board members discussed a report by the Gifted and Talented Committee, the future of the ALPS program and the definition of Enhanced At-Risk Students (EARS). They also discussed alternative uses for Majestic Elementary School and received an update on cost estimates for 2019 summer projects.

In closed session, the Board discussed personnel, property, potential litigation, negotiations and security.

– Sandy Riesgraf, Director of Communications

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