FUN FACT FRIDAY: Superintendent Johnson Joins 2019 Class of Retirees

Flowers being presented to a retiree. This year we celebrate and take pride in the many accomplishments of the 125 Jordan School District employees who are retiring. Collectively they have worked more than 2,873 years in education and we thank them for their hard work and dedication. Our retirees will be recognized during a special dinner in their honor next week.

Superintendent Patrice Johnson is part of the 2019 class of retirees.

  • Dr. Johnson began her career in education as a kindergarten teacher 43 years ago.
  • Superintendent Johnson went on to find much success in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada where she taught in the classroom and then became a middle school principal, high school principal, assistant superintendent and associate superintendent.
  • Dr. Johnson joined Jordan School District in 2011 and has been Superintendent of Schools for the past eight years.

Please join us on Wednesday, May 22 as we say thank you and wish Superintendent Johnson the best as she begins the next chapter of her life in retirement.

The public is invited to a Retirement Reception for Superintendent Johnson:

  • Wednesday, May 22, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • JATC South, 12723 South 2080 West, Riverton

Retirement Reception for Superintendent Johnson: Wednesday, May 22, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. JATC South, 12723 South 2080 West, Riverton

Fun Fact Friday: Getting Ready For Graduation

Diplomas IconIt is that time of year when thousands of students are anxiously preparing for high school graduation. In Jordan School District there are 3,789 seniors making plans to bid high school a fond farewell and graduate on to new adventures academically and in pursuit of future careers.

Here is a list of our high school graduation dates, times and locations.

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2019!

 School Date & Time Location
 Bingham High May 30, 10 a.m. UCCU Arena at Utah Valley University
 Copper Hills High May 30, 2 p.m. Maverik Center
 Herriman High May 30, 7 p.m. Maverik Center
 Riverton High May 30, 3 p.m. UCCU Arena at Utah Valley University
 Valley High May 29, 2 p.m. Lifetime Activities Center at SLCC
 West Jordan High May 30, 9 a.m. Maverik Center
 South Valley May 30, 3 p.m. West Jordan High Auditorium
 River’s Edge May 30, 4 p.m. River’s Edge School Auditorium

FUN FACT FRIDAY: Riverton High Principal is Huntsman Excellence in Education Award Winner

Principal Carolyn Gough poses with her parents.
Congratulations to Riverton High School Principal Carolyn Gough who is a proud recipient of the prestigious Huntsman Excellence in Education Award. Karen Huntsman and Jennifer Huntsman Parkin, along with teachers, staff and District Administrators surprised Ms. Gough with the award this morning. Carolyn’s parents were also on hand for the surprise.

Colleagues responsible for the nomination say Carolyn Gough motivates teachers to improve their teaching practices, content knowledge and student interaction in order to be the best educators possible. They say her priority is student learning with a focus on student well-being – Ms. Gough is present in her school constantly visiting classrooms, attending after-school activities, being involved in student assemblies, with a focus on taking care of all students.

The Huntsman Excellence in Education Awards were established to reward bright and capable individuals working in Utah’s public schools. By celebrating these individuals, the awards seek to inspire current educators and to rekindle interest in the teaching profession among young people.

Eleven winners are selected each year in recognition of their outstanding contributions to Utah’s public school system and each receives $10,000, donated by the Huntsman family.

Thank you, Carolyn Gough, for your hard work and dedication to Riverton High School, the education of ‘Every Child, Every Day’ and Jordan School District.

We are grateful to the Huntsman family for their commitment to honoring outstanding educators!

FUN FACT FRIDAY: Current Tax Rate Comparison

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.

Ogden 0.008041 Granite 0.007822 Davis 0.007701 Average 0.007064 Alpine 0.007033 Canyons 0.006995 Jordan 0.006501 Weber 0.006307 Murray 0.005885 Salt Lake 0.005500