Feb. 22, 2022 Board Meeting Summary

Celebrating Elk Ridge Middle School
Mason Glauser, Student Body Officer said Elk Ridge Middle School has a culture of kindness and love where students and staff take care of one another. He shared with the Board different aspects of the school of which students are particularly proud like the National Honor Society and involvement in service projects. He said performing arts programs are very successful and students are very excited about this year’s musical production of The Music Man. Students also enjoy field trips to places like the State Capitol where they learned about the legislative process from local lawmakers. Mason also talked about the school’s tradition of the Rubik’s Cube Project where they create images of local celebrities, professional athletes, and even created an image of Superintendent Godfrey using Rubik’s Cubes. He said they are delighted to have teachers who support student success.

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Anthony Godfrey, Superintendent of Schools, invited everyone to listen to his podcast the “Supercast” which highlights many of the great things happening in the District.

He talked about the success of the District Health and Wellness Day, which turned out to be everything he had hoped for and more. The Superintendent recognized Travis Hamblin and his team in Student Services for their part in making something historic and new happen. He said principals and teachers added to activities with their own creative ideas. Dr. Godfrey praised the community for supporting the day with a variety of free deals for teachers and employees. He recognized the Cook Center for Human Connection which contributed by offering classes for parents and students. The Superintendent thanked everyone involved for pitching in to make the first ever Health and Wellness Day possible.

Student Services Director Travis Hamblin said the vision for the Health and Wellness Day was inspirational and it was exciting and invigorating for his team to play a role in planning events for the day. He said it was also exciting to see the community rally around what they could do to support teachers and employees and it did his heart good to see how much educators are valued.

The Superintendent also reported that Unified Sports is being funded through the support of the Jordan Education Foundation and there will be three Unified Sports at each high school starting in the fall.

  • Patron Comments
  • Anna Jensen, a parent, asked the Board to look at how incidents of bullying are handled in the District.
  • Jane Jensen, a student, said she was bullied at her school, which has impacted her emotionally and she does not feel safe at school because of the incidents.
  • Dane Jensen, a parent, called on the Board to take action against bullying in schools and said the District should have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to bullying.
  • Brad Carr, a parent, said the District needs to raise awareness when it comes to bullying and all students should feel safe and excited to be in school.
  • David Bowers, a parent, asked the Board to approve expansion of the parking lot at Terra Linda Elementary School for safety.
  • Gracie Malovich, head coach Herriman High School boys club volleyball, asked the Board to support having boys volleyball a sanctioned sport in the state.
  • Peyton Colemore, a former student, said boys volleyball had a huge impact on him in high school and it provides a positive outlet for students. He supports having boys volleyball a sanctioned sport in the state.
  • Janille White, a parent, said there is a huge interest in boys volleyball and a need for more access to gym space to play their games, which would be accomplished if it were a sanctioned sport in the state.
  • Cynthia DeJong, a parent, said there needs to be a zero tolerance policy in regard to bullying in our schools.
  • Board Comments
  • Darrell Robinson recognized Herriman High School graduate Kaysha Love for competing in Women’s Bobsled at the Winter Olympic games. He said working as a volunteer in several schools over the past few weeks has given him a new appreciation for the work that goes on every day. Mr. Robinson also recognized the Mountain Ridge High School Girls Wrestling team. Members of the team addressed the Board stating they have come a long way and it is really motivating to be able to compete against girls in a sport they love. They thanked their coach for being such an inspiration.
  • Jen Atwood congratulated West Jordan High School for being a State Board of Education High School of Excellence and Majestic Art’s Academy music teacher Lisa Blodgett for being the Utah Music Educators Association’s “Outstanding Music Teacher of the Year.”
  • Niki George attended the State Drill competition and was very proud of Jordan District’s representation in the competition. She congratulated Bingham High School for sweeping the competition and Copper Hills High for placing 5th. Ms. George also congratulated the Copper Hills High swim team for placing in State and said she is proud of how many schools are celebrating Black History Month. Ms. George said she loves to see all the new Wellness Centers opening in JSD schools.
  • Tracy Miller participated in judging the “We the People” civics competition at the State level where she congratulated West Hills Middle School for their third-place win. She reported on the Government Relations Committee and thanked Board members for meeting with legislators at the State Capitol. Ms. Miller gave the Board an update on education legislation.
  • Bryce Dunford reported on the Facilities Committee regarding a State report issued about schools with unreinforced masonry. He said anyone with concerns about the safety of a school in Jordan School District should contact superintendent@jordandistrict.org

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel, property, potential litigation, and negotiations. In open session, the Board discussed sabbatical leave for educators, the range of services offered through Special Education and initial results of the USBE audit. They reviewed the 2022-23 fee schedule and options for potential changes to the 2022-23 calendar. The Board also reviewed new Administrative Policy DP381 Employee Code of Ethics, received a report on potential names for the new elementary school in Herriman and an update on the pandemic response.

– Sandy Riesgraf, Director of Communications

  1. Study Session – Open Meeting – 23:29
    1. Sabbatical Leave for Educators – 24:38
    2. Discussion on Range of Services Offered through Special Education and the Initial Results of the USBE Audit – 27:05
    3. Fee Schedule for 2022-23 – 1:51:56
    4. Options for Potential Changes to 2022-23 Calendar – 5:22:00
    5. Review of New Administrative Policy DP381 Employee Code of Ethics – 6:06:51
    6. Naming the New Elementary School in Herriman – 6:14:10
    7. Update on Pandemic Response – 6:31:50
  2. General Session – Open Meeting – 3:04:15
    1. Pledge of Allegiance – 3:04:55
    2. Reverence – 3:05:32
    3. Presentation – Celebrating Elk Ridge Middle School – 3:06:48
    4. Resolutions of Appreciation – 3:12:53
    5. Recognitions – 3:13:56
    6. Superintendent Recognition – 3:24:11
  3. General Business – Approve Consent Agenda – 3:31:54
    1. Minutes
    2. Joel P Jensen Land Trust Amendment 2021-22
    3. Board Meeting Schedule 2022-23
    4. LEA-Specific Educator Licensing
  4. General Business – Accept Consent Agenda – 3:32:38
    1. Expenditures
    2. Financial Statements
    3. Personnel – Licensed and Education Support Professionals
    4. Certificates for Home Instruction
    5. Non-compliance Report
  5. Bids – 3:33:10
    1. Mountain Point Elementary School – Chromebook & Google Licenses
    2. South Hills Middle School – Chromebook & Google Licenses
    3. Herriman High School – Chromebook & Google Licenses
    4. West Jordan High School – Chromebook & Google Licenses
    5. Facility Services – Portable Classroom Electrical Services
    6. Transportation – Field Trip Buses
  6. Patron Comments – 3:35:58
    1. Patron Comments
  7. Special Business Items – 4:10:01
    1. Recommendation to Approve Proposed Changes to AS66 Non-Resident and Charter School Enrollment
    2. Recommendation to Approve Proposed Changes to DP343 NEG Hours of Work – Education Support Professionals
  8. Information Items – 4:14:18
    1. Superintendent’s Report
  9. Discussion Items – 4:17:36
    1. Committee Reports and Comments by Board Members
  10. Adjourn – 4:35:44
    1. Motion to Adjourn to Closed Session
  11. Potential Closed Session
    1. Character and Competence of Individuals (Personnel)
    2. Property
    3. Potential Litigation
    4. Negotiations
    5. Security

Board of Education
Tracy J. Miller, President – Precinct 3
Bryce Dunford, First Vice President – Precinct 5
Marilyn Richards, Second Vice President – Precinct 4
Jen Atwood, Member – Precinct 7
Niki George, Member – Precinct 6
Darrell Robinson, Member – Precinct 1
Matthew Young, Member – Precinct 2