Dear Exemplary Employees:
In education, great people make all the difference.
Educators are the source of most organized instruction, of course, but every employee can be a model of civility, generosity, integrity, and competency—character traits, which are the bedrock of a productive society.
Some of you have worked for years in the District; others are fresh faces. Our students know you and recognize your contribution to their education, whether it is in the classroom, in the administrative offices, or in one of the many professions required to keep a large school district operational. Each of you has proven yourselves to be good people first, and competent people second. You are essential to our literally thousands of relationships between caring adults and students. And those relationships have built bridges of knowledge and safety around our young people — As our five high school student body presidents agreed last year, “Students need to feel a sense of home when they are at school.” When they know you care about them, they feel safe in the shelter of that concern, and their education thrives.
That is why the Board of Education is investing so many of the District’s valuable dollars to improve employee salaries. Because as much benefit as students may receive from effective curriculum, programs, and one-on-one technology devices, optimum learning happens when individuals interact with students.
We are grateful for the exceptional work of every member of our incredible army of conscientious classified and licensed employees. Your work is essential to the support of our young people as they progress, learn, and discover their individual talents, abilities and ambitions. Thank you, JSD employees, for your willingness to constantly reflect on current practices and continually renew and improve–both individually and as a District. Moreover, thank you for keeping “every child, every day” at the forefront of the work we do each day and for working together to accomplish the noblest of goals: the safety and success of our students and their futures.
With genuine appreciation,
The Jordan School District Board of Education