Jan. 28, 2020 Board Meeting Summary

Celebrating Joel P. Jensen Middle School
Zach Nelson, Student Body President, said this year’s theme at Joel P. Jensen is “Keep Going, Keep Growing,” and the theme is a reflection of the school’s continuous growth model. Zach said at Joel P. students are taught to learn from their mistakes and teachers are focused on helping students achieve at the highest levels with Standards Based Grading. Joel P. is proud of school-wide efforts to reduce the number of student tardies and fostering a culture of being on time to class and not wasting any learning time.

Superintendent’s Recognitions
Superintendent Anthony Godfrey recognized Ammon Wiemers, Online Learning Consultant, Teaching and Learning. Superintendent Godfrey said under Mr. Wiemer’s leadership the Online Learning Program has grown, providing a wide range of quality options for students. Dr. Godfrey said the successful program is the result of hard work and educators really caring for students.

Mr. Wiemers reported that there are currently 931 students enrolled in online learning courses with a passing rate of 77.8%. He said the expansion of his team to three full-time teachers/mentors has helped to develop quality courses and provide one-on-one teaching and mentorship. Mr. Wiemers said at the heart of all the work they do is helping to support student success.

Special Business Items
The Board approved the proposed boundaries for Falcon Ridge, Fox Hollow and Oakcrest Elementary Schools and establishment of boundaries for the new elementary school in West Jordan.

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

Patron Comments
Heather Reich thanked the Board for all they are doing to support Majestic Elementary School. Ms. Reich also shared a story regarding a successful and fun lesson on the Magna Carta in her classroom.

  • Board Comments
  • Tracy Miller attended the last Bingham High School swim meet at the Marv Jensen Center. She participated in an amazing “We the People” program at West Hills Middle School and thanked principals for meeting with local lawmakers.
  • Jen Atwood said she was proud to be a part of the successful Oquirrh Elementary School ‘Cereal Project’ over the holiday season. She attended a number of School Community Council and PTA meetings and expressed appreciation for all those who participate and support our schools.
  • Darrell Robinson attended a number of sporting events and school community council meetings. He thanked all schools for their holiday charity drives and the hard work that went into them. He enjoyed attending the Herriman Elementary School Fun Night. Mr. Robinson said he also enjoyed the annual Legislative Breakfast and Battle of the Bands competition at Herriman High School.
  • Janice Voorhies attended the Jordan Education Foundation donor luncheon and thanked everyone who contributes to support classroom grants, Principal’s Pantries, students and teachers.
  • Marilyn Richards attended the Regional Drill competition and reported that all JSD participants did a great job with Bingham High School taking the Region Title.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed potential litigation, personnel and negotiations. In open session, the Board received a presentation on counseling data to meet USBE reporting requirements. They discussed prioritization of Board goals, student achievement and continued a discussion on plans for Majestic Elementary School. They talked about a tax reform statement position and Board compliance with Open Meeting Law training.
– 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