Fun Fact Friday:  Groundbreaking Soon for Three New Schools

Ground will soon be broken for three new schools in Jordan School District. They are part of the six schools promised in the voter-approved 2016 bond.

  • A new middle school in Bluffdale will be 187,000 sq. ft. and similar to the West Jordan Middle rebuild design. This school will open in the 2020-21 school year.
  • A new elementary school in Bluffdale will be 75,000 sq. ft. and the same design as Bastian and Golden Fields Elementary Schools. This school will open in the 2019-20 school year.
  • A new elementary school in Herriman will be 75,000 sq. ft. and the same design as Bastian and Golden Fields Elementary Schools. This school will open in the 2019-20 school year.

Construction continues on three other schools with work ahead of schedule and under budget. A new high school in Herriman, a new middle school in South Jordan and a rebuild of West Jordan Middle School. All three of these schools will open in the 2019-20 school year.

Two schools are opening a year earlier than projected at the time of the bond election – the new high school in Herriman and the new middle school in Bluffdale.

Collectively, bond projects are coming in under budget and all money saved will be used to purchase land for future new school construction in other areas of the District.

Fun Fact Friday: Congratulations to Our Award Winning Principals!

Each year the Jordan Association for Elementary School Principals (JAESP) recognizes leadership qualities that contribute to educational success in our schools. They award outstanding principals, who have demonstrated excellence and made significant contributions in seven different categories.

  • The 2017-18 winners are…
    • Innovator: Joel Pullan, Oakcrest Elementary School Principal
    • Principal Mentor: Kyle Hansen, Golden Fields Elementary School Principal
    • Instructional Leader: Michelle Lovell, Jordan Hills Elementary School Principal
    • Rookie: Suzanne Williams, East Lake Elementary School Principal
    • Community Leader: David Butler, Hayden Peak Elementary School Principal
    • Student Advocate Principal: Kim Gibson, Herriman Elementary School Principal
    • National Distinguished Award: Meredith Doleac, Monte Vista Elementary School Principal

Picture of Principals

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

2018 Legislative Priorities

The Utah 2018 Legislative Session begins on Monday, January 22, with a number of bills that will be debated impacting education.

Utah State Capitol BuildingThe Jordan School District Board of Education has determined priorities they would like lawmakers to address. Here is a summary.

  • High Quality Teachers – Student learning is our highest priority. We recognize that our teachers are the primary influence in successful students. We are continuing to look at teacher compensation to further develop a system to reward quality teachers.
  • Technology – Help us improve our digital learning environment by increasing funding for technology including professional development and technical support.
  • Classroom Funding – We want to get funding into the classroom where it can best impact student learning.
  • Additional Psychologists and Counselors – Support mental health initiatives for students by funding additional psychologists and counselors in our elementary schools.
  • Equalization – Support equalization legislation that creates greater property tax equity throughout the state to help all children.

Please join Jordan School District on Thursday, February 8, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. for a Legislative Forum at Elk Ridge Middle School in South Jordan. This is part of our Jordan Parent University. It is free and open to the public.

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