FUN FACT FRIDAY: Dedicated Educators Drive CTE Success

Career and Technical Education courses give students a head start on the path to successful careers, often with the opportunity to earn college credit in high school. Jordan School District now offers 25 CTE courses at our JATC campuses.

The programs are successful in large part due to dedicated educators and JSD has some of the very best. We are proud of our latest award-winning CTE teachers.

  • Melinda Mansouri, Web and Mobile App Design Teacher, (JATC South) is Teacher of the Year for the Utah Association for Career and Technical Education. Ms. Mansouri is the author of the Advanced Website Creation Curriculum for Utah, a new course that is being added to the CTE course listings. She is described as a teacher who inspires students to be their very best every day.
  • Sue Taylor, Dental Assisting Teacher, (JATC North) is the Lifetime Achievement Award winner for the Utah Association for Career and Technical Education. Ms. Taylor was recognized for her outstanding contributions and service to CTE and her approach of returning to the basics, focusing on dental lab work.

Congratulation to these amazing educators!

Melinda Mansouri & Sue Taylor

Fun Fact Friday: Tax Rates

Did you know that different school districts levy different rates for taxes? A school district’s tax levy is significantly impacted by the commercial tax base within its boundaries – the more businesses, the more money coming into a school district. Districts with a strong established commercial tax base can levy a much lower tax rate. For the past several years, Jordan’s tax rate has been below the state average.Tax Rate Comparison Chart

Tax Notices Explained

Picture of tax noticeYour property tax notice should have arrived in the mail and Jordan School District would like to explain each of the District’s tax lines and how the money is used.

The assessed value of your property and the certified tax rate determines how much a taxpayer pays in property taxes. The County Assessor determines the assessed value, while the tax rate is based on State law.

Your property tax notice includes one line for Jordan School District, one line for State general school funding and one line for some of the charter school funding. The lines are explained below.

  1. Jordan School District .004685 – This line on your tax notice pays for teacher compensation, busing services, utilities, school office and custodial staff, bond payments and facility maintenance.
  2. State Basic School Levy .001568 – These funds are essentially sent to the State to fund the State per pupil allocation (WPU), additional Charter School Local Replacement Funding and other state programs. The state legislature sets this tax line and every taxpayer in the state pays this same tax rate.
  3. Utah Charter School – Jordan .000171 – Charter schools receive a state funding line called Local Replacement Funds. School districts are required to pay a small portion toward these funds, the rest comes from state revenue sources such as the State Basic School Levy and income taxes. This amount represents Jordan’s contribution (almost $3.2 million) toward this charter school funding line item. Charter school funding is unique with different calculations, sources and line items. Therefore, this line is not comparable to property taxes paid to Jordan School District.

Students Break Record in Fundraisers for Souper Bowl of Caring

Herriman High StudentsAs people everywhere get excited for the big Super Bowl game, students in Jordan School District have been focused on something else, raising money for the Souper Bowl of Caring.

 The Souper Bowl of Caring utilizes Super Bowl weekend in America to mobilize young people to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities. Its vision is to transform Super Bowl weekend into America’s largest youth-led weekend of giving and serving.

This year, our students once again opened their hearts and managed to raise a record amount of money, all of which will go to 54 principal pantries at schools in the District. The money will help feed students who might otherwise go hungry during the school day or on weekends.

With money still coming in, the total raised so far is about $40,871!

Here are totals from several schools, which have finished their fundraising. The local Women in Business organization also contributed to the District’s effort.

  • Bingham High – $25,000
  • Copper Hills High – $5,000
  • Herriman High – $5,000
  • Riverton Elementary – $900
  • Eastlake Elementary – $700
  • Daybreak Elementary – Still Collecting
  • Fox Hollow – Still Collecting

We’re Doing Our Part to Reduce Air Pollution

CNG BusEvery day Jordan School District is trying to make a difference contributing to cleaner air for children and all citizens of Utah now and in the future.

Here are some of the things being done to reduce air pollution:

  • The District has 75 Compressed Natural Gas buses, which emit 40 to 86% less particulate matter into the air compared to diesel buses. And according to the U.S. Department of Energy, just one CNG bus can displace 1,400 gallons of diesel fuel per year. That amounts to 105,000 gallons less diesel fuel used per year in JSD.
  • A No Idling Policy reduces the time each bus is running by 24 minutes per bus per day. This also reduces pollution and saves on fuel costs.
  • The State Division of Air Quality just awarded JSD a $500,000 grant to help pay for 10 new CNG buses.
  • A Total of $2 Million in State, Federal and Local Grants have supported expansion of the CNG bus program in the District over the past five years.

CNG buses not only help reduce air pollution, they save taxpayers money. The fuel savings are huge. After a .50 cent federal rebate on every gallon of natural gas used in our CNG buses, there are times we pay nothing to fuel a CNG bus. That’s because compressed natural gas is just .50 cents to $1.00 a gallon.

Please join us in doing everything possible to reduce air pollution.