In recapping our falling debt per student figures, Jordan School District chose to break out our general obligation bond debt (Bond) figures. The general obligation bond debt is included in the total long-term debt figures. These numbers are important because Jordan is on track to pay off all general obligation bond debt in 2020, more than two years ahead of the original schedule. Jordan refinanced its bond debt last year saving District taxpayers more than $5.2 million in interest.
The Utah State Office of Education (USOE) is encouraging parents to participate in an open review of the new science education standards for grades six, seven and eight. These new standards represent the first major update to science education in Utah in 20 years. Parents can review the standards by clicking on http://schools.utah.gov/CURR/science/Revision.aspx. The public is also invited to share their feedback with the USOE either in person at a public feedback meeting on May 19 or online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SciencePublicReview.
To help jump start the school’s budding green house program and celebrate Earth Day, the Boeing Company made a big investment at Oquirrh Hills Middle. Dozens of volunteers from Boeing and the Utah Society for Environmental Education provided workshops and offered hands-on earth friendly learning activities. To help the school’s new green house program grow, they planted seeds and helped students with an irrigation system contest. The winning irrigation system will be selected and Boeing will work with the Jordan Education Foundation to implement the system in the greenhouse. The project was designed to celebrate Earth Day in a fun and creative way. Check out photos of this event on our Facebook page. Click below to see additional photos taken by the Deseret News.
Herriman cross country star Lucy Biles is back at it, running away with more trophies and success. Her latest accomplishment came in New York City where she won the mile race at the New York Relays. That win gives Miss Biles an automatic bid, or golden ticket, into the Dream Mile at the Adidas Grand Prix in June. That race is also in New York and only the top 12 high school runners in the nation are invited to this event referred to as the premiere mile.
In addition, Lucy Biles is also one of six Utah high school female nominees in the Governor’s State of Sport Awards. The ceremony is being hosted by Jay Leno and Stein Erickson and we wish Lucy all the best!
After another perfect season and 5A State Title, members of the Bingham Miners football team are still making the rounds, sharing their pride and success. One of the latest stops was in the office of Superintendent Patrice Johnson. Accompanied by Coach John Lambourne and Principal Chris Richards-Khong, senior members of the team surprised the Superintendent by presenting her with a championship game ball. The football was signed by every member of the team and its coaches. Superintendent Johnson was sincerely moved by this act of kindness and sharing of school pride. She took time to visit with the young men and thank them for their leadership on and off the field. Enjoy a photo gallery of this presentation on our Facebook page.