Aug. 23, 2022 Board Meeting Summary

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Anthony Godfrey, Superintendent of Schools, recognized Kim Player, Jordan School District 2022 Teacher of the Year. He said Ms. Player, who is a history teacher at South Jordan Middle School, is constantly building others up and supporting students in their education. Superintendent Godfrey said she is the first to help others in need at the school and is a team lead, mentor and friend. He said Ms. Player has made so many lives better because of what she does as a kind and loving educator who lifts everyone around her.

Ms. Player thanked the Superintendent saying she is grateful for the recognition but it takes a team to do the work she is so passionate about. Ms. Player said she has been teaching for 35 years and absolutely loves middle school students.

Dr. Godfrey thanked his Administrative Cabinet for the big launch of this school year with an administrative leadership conference, principal’s meeting and wonderful event for all of the District’s licensed staff. The Superintendent said everyone pitched in to make the start of the school year a success and he thanked Board members for their support. He said they are now planning an event for all Education Support Professionals.

  • Patron Comments
  • Andrea Young, a parent, expressed concerns about closing West Jordan Elementary School, which she fears will lead to larger class sizes and overcrowding in surrounding schools. Ms. Young wants West Jordan Elementary School to be rebuilt.
  • Horace Fleming, a grandparent, suggested additions and deletions to policies being revised be made available to the public.
  • Kristen Bolke, a parent, said her passion for West Jordan Elementary School runs deep and she would like to see the school rebuilt.
  • Samantha Dumas, a parent, wants to see the same educational opportunities for her child as others in the District. She asked the Board to consider rebuilding West Jordan Elementary School.
  • Shaunda Hogan, a parent, said West Jordan Elementary School is a safe place for students and a valued part of the community. She asked that the school stay open.
  • Janet Sanders, a parent and social studies teacher, said she has seen a change in attitudes toward teachers. She said teachers are not presenting an agenda in the classroom or trying to indoctrinate students. Ms. Sanders asked that parents trust teachers to do their jobs because there are so many good things happening in the classroom.
  • Derrick Paul, a parent, said West Jordan Elementary School is in the best and safest location for a school and he asked that it be rebuilt.
  • Karlee English, a teacher and parent, wants to see diversity and choices with books in school libraries.
  • Casey Hatfield and a number of other parents, along with teachers emailed comments to be read at the meeting. Those comments supported the rebuild of West Jordan Elementary School stating it is in a safe neighborhood and it is part of an amazing culture and community.
  • Kyley Anderson, a parent, wants students to have the freedom to choose books in school libraries and does not support censorship.
  • Amy Akin, a teacher, does not support censorship of books in school libraries.
  • Rebecca Kirkham, a patron, supports the tax increase because it is an investment in students. She does not support banning or restricting books in school libraries or editing history in the classroom.
  • Jacob Rollins, a teacher, said teachers should be allowed to teach and are here to help students become the best version of themselves. He said teachers should be allowed to be the professionals they are.
  • Kiersten Glenn, a parent, expressed concern over some of the training for new teachers.
  • Suzanne Paul, a parent, said she supports teachers and their right to teach saying she has never seen a teacher who has crossed the line.
  • Jason Brown said everyone needs to trust teachers and stop changing things.
  • Nicole Christofferson, a parent, said teachers need to trust parents and parents deserve to see what their students are exposed to in the classroom.
  • Board Comments
  • Bryce Dunford reported on the Facilities Committee and said the cost of facility rentals is increasing to $45.00 per hour to cover all the costs associated with rentals. He said this was necessary because the District was losing money on rentals.
  • Marilyn Richards complimented everyone involved in the latest Bingham High School remodel on a job well done.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed personnel, property, potential litigation, and negotiations. In open session, the Board discussed 2023 summer capital projects, long-term housing plans for eastern West Jordan elementary schools, a flex building design and site plan, plans for the Licensed Employee Advisory Committee for the 2022-23 school year and potential revisions to Administrative Policy A11 Naming of Facilities.

– Sandy Riesgraf, Director of Communications

  1. Potential Closed Session – Video 1: 0:09

  1. Study Session – Open Meeting – Video 2: 0:04
    1. Summer Capital Projects 2023 – Video 2: 0:24
    2. Discussion of Long-Term Housing Plans for Eastern West Jordan Elementary Schools – Video 2: 43:42

    1. Discussion of Flex Building Design and Site Plan – Video 4: 0:10
    2. Licensed Employee Advisory Committee (LEAC) – Video 4: 12:29
    3. Potential Revisions to Administrative Policy A11 Naming of Facilities- Video 4: 22:55

  1. General Session – Open Meeting – Video 3: 0:06
    1. Pledge of Allegiance – Video 3: 1:04
    2. Reverence – Video 3: 1:36
    3. Resolutions of Appreciation – Video 3: 3:19
    4. Recognitions – Video 3: 4:04
    5. Superintendent Recognitions – Video 3: 4:17
    6. Comments by Elected Officials – Video 3: 12:41
  2. General Business – Approve Consent Agenda – Video 3: 13:06
    1. Board Minutes
    2. JSD Early Learning Plan for Early Literacy Grant Renewal
  3. General Business – Accept Consent Agenda – Video 3: 13:39
    1. Expenditures
    2. Financial Statements
    3. Personnel – Licensed and Education Support Professionals
    4. Certificates for Home Instruction
    5. Non-compliance Report
    6. Fraud Risk Assessment
  4. Bids – Video 3: 14:12
    1. Facility Services – Snow Removal at Multiple Locations
    2. Nutrition Services – Processing of Commodity – Chicken
    3. Nutrition Services – Processing of Commodity – Chicken Legs
    4. Nutrition Services – Processing of Commodity – Pork
    5. Nutrition Services – Processing of Commodity – Beef
    6. Processing of Commodity – Mozzarella Cheese
  5. Patron Comments – Video 3: 15:58
  6. Special Business Items – Video 3: 1:01:49
    1. Recommendation to Approve Revisions to Administrative Policy AA424 Literature Selection and Review
    2. Recommendation to Approve Revisions to Administrative Policy AA440 Library Media Selection and Review
    3. Recommendation to Approve Revisions to Administrative Policy AA443 Student Clubs
    4. Recommendation to Approve Revisions to Administrative Policy AA425 Printed Materials – Speech and Manners
  7. Information Items – Video 3: 1:21:25
    1. Superintendent’s Report
  8. Discussion Items – Video 3: 1:23:40
    1. Discussion on Potential Revisions to Administrative Policy D200 Philosophy of Instruction
    2. Facilities Committee Report on Long-Term Housing Plans for Eastern West Jordan Elementary Schools
    3. Committee Reports and Comments by Board Members
  9. Adjourn – Video 3: 1:44:46
    1. Motion to Adjourn to Closed Session
  10. 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