Agency History #550


Jordan School District was authorized through a unanimous resolution passed by the Board of County Commissioners of Salt Lake County on December 15, 1904. The newly created district served approximately 3,354 students residing in Salt Lake County school representative districts 6, 7, 8, 9. and 10. "The mission of Jordan School District is to serve students by providing opportunities for them to realize their potential as contributing citizens and life-long learners. In cooperation with students, parents and community, we are committed to helping each student acquire academic skills, prepare for the world of work, and develop attributes of citizenship necessary in a democratic society. We are dedicated to maintaining a safe environment that promotes individual responsibility, personal achievement, and respect for all individuals." (Jordan School District Annual Report, 2000-2001.)


Jordan School District, situated in the southern half of Salt Lake County, provides public education for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. District offices are located in Sandy, Utah

Jordan School District is the largest of Utah's 40 school districts with a reported 2000-2001 fall enrollment of 73,137. The district covers approximately 250 square miles extending from the Wasatch Mountain range on the east to the Oquirrh range on the west. The district's borders encompass eight municipalities and unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County. The municipalities of West Jordan, South Jordan, Riverton, and Draper are experiencing dramatic growth while other areas of the district are experiencing moderate or no growth.

Jordan School District is one of the largest employers in South Salt Lake Valley. The district is making a major contribution to the area's economy by providing full-time and part-time jobs for nearly 8,500 people. About 54 percent of the jobs require university degrees and state certification. The other 46 percent of the positions are classified according to the skills required. Classified positions do not generally require university degrees or state certification.

Jordan School District is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits teachers from universities throughout the nation. The district also follows a policy of promoting from within to increase job satisfaction and reduce the employee turnover rate.


The district is governed by a five-member elected Board of Education. Voters in each of the district's five precincts elect one member to serve as their representative on the Board of Education. School Board elections are held in November in conjunction with the general election. The board members elect a president and vice president at the time new members are sworn into office. The board is committed to a policy of public involvement. School Community Groups, ad hoc committees, task forces, and other organizations give patrons opportunities to help guide the decision-making process. The Superintendent of Schools and the Business Administrator are appointed by the Board of Education. The district is also subject to the general oversight of the Utah State Office of Education.

County commissioners on July 3, 1905, approved a resolution appointing the county school representatives from districts 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 as members of the Board of Education of the new Jordan School District. The board was directed and authorized to meet on Monday, July 10, 1905, at 2 p.m. at the Sandy City Hall in School Representative Precinct No. 7. The county school law provided that the county superintendent was to serve simultaneously as county superintendent as well as superintendent of both Granite District and Jordan District. The original district boundaries corresponded to the boundaries of the Jordan Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Jordan School District is under the direction of a five-member Board of Education, with day-to-day operations overseen by the Superintendent of Schools. As one of the fastest growing districts in the state, Jordan School District in 2002 consists of 82 schools: 53 elementary schools (27 of which are year-round), 15 middle schools, nine high schools, 2 technical centers, and 3 special schools.

The board approved a reorganization of the district's administrative structure in March 2002. Prior to the reorganization, a single Deputy Superintendent provided support for the Office of the Superintendent and administered services related to personnel, curriculum development, program and instructional improvement, special education, planning and goal setting, student services, program evaluation, information systems, and public information. The Business Administrator managed all the activities related to finances, school board meetings, elections, tax assessments, and other general business matters. The new structure more distinctly groups business and educational services together under two deputy superintendents--Deputy Superintendent for Business Services and Deputy Superintendent for Instructional Services. Prior to the reorganization, area assistant superintendents oversaw elementary, intermediate, and high schools in four geographic areas (northwest, northeast, southeast, southwest) as well as Auxiliary Services Division, Human Resources Department, Curriculum and Staff Development, and Compliance and Special Programs. The reorganization adds three new administrative areas.

Jordan District was formed through the consolidation of 14 of the 36 small school districts in Salt Lake County–districts 21, 22, 23, 27, 34, 35, 41, 42, 43, 44, 57, 61, 65, and 67. The respective boards transferred all school property to the Board of Trustees of Jordan School District.

Charles H. Robert
Charles C. Crapo
Heber A. Smith
John Hansen, Jr.
E.A. Bateman
John W. Smith, 1905-1909 (served simultaneously as Salt Lake County superintendent and as superintendent of Granite and Jordan School districts, July 1905 through June 1907)
John Hansen, Jr., 1909-1911
Orson Ryan, 1911-1917
D.C. Jensen, 1917-1933
C.N. Jensen, 1933-1945
Arthur E. Peterson, 1945-1956
Reed H. Beckstead, 1956-1971
Donald J. Parr, 1971-1979
Raymond W. Whittenburg, 1979-1996
Barry L. Newbold, 1996-present
Niels Thompson, 1905-1927
O.A. Mickelsen, 1927-1929
Stanley A. Rasmussen, 1929-1958
Kenneth L. Prince, 1958-1984
George F. Copeland, 1984-1991
C. Devon Sanderson, 1991-1998
D. Burke Jolley, 1998-present
Charles Colebrook, 1905-1908
Heber A. Smith, 1905-1908
Charles C. Crapo, 1905-1910
George D. Gardner, 1905-1910
C.S. Countryman, 1905-1916
John Dunn, 1909-1916
J.R. Rawlins, 1909-1916
A.G. Robertson, 1911
W.D. Kuhre, 1911-1914
Seth Pixton, 1911-1918
W.W. Wilson, 1915-1931
J.E. Robertson, 1917
John A. Aylett, 1917-1918
J.R. Allen, 1917-1924
F.W. Quinn, 1917-1924
W.C. Burgon, 1919-1920
Hyrum Stocking, 1919-1922
Leon L. Olson, 1921-1928
David T. Dahl, 1923-1930
S.J. Mickelsen, 1925-1936
C.L. Countryman, 1925-1928
John A. Aylett, 1928
Heber J. Burgon, 1929-1932
Paul S. Richards, 1929-1945
William D. Kuhre, 1931-1935
James C. Hansen, 1931-1945
John A. Aylett, 1933-1938
James P. Jensen, 1935-1938
Mina Mickelsen, 1936
Gwynne Page, 1937-1940
J.M. Boyden, 1939-1944
Horace T. Godfrey, 1939-1948
W. Cyrus Vawdrey, 1941-1948
Francis A. Orton, 1945-1951
Orlon Newbold, 1945-1951
Rex T. Tripp, 1945-1956
Wendell C. Vawdrey, 1948-1950
J.O. Jones, 1949-1958
Leo Lundberg, 1951-1954
Leonard C. Beckstead, 1951-1958
Marvin G. Jensen, 1952-1960
J. Earl Morris, 1954
John E. Rich, 1955-1958
Benton Boyd, 1956-1957
Harry Bob Jimas, 1958-1964
Charles N. Crawford, 1959-1962
Marlon S. Bateman, 1959-1972
Clyde V. Buxton, 1959-1970
John Wheadon, 1961-1976
Bernarr S. Furse, 1963-1970
Paul K. Mortensen, 1965-1968
James Ross Allen, 1969-1972
Ben G. Bagley, 1971-1974
Rodney L. Dahl, 1971-1974
Richard D. Anderson, 1972-1973
Robert A. Stowe, 1973-1974
Clayton D. Fairbourn, 1973-1976
Lois Hirschi, 1974-1982
Jed Wasden, 1975-1978
Mark Wahlquist, 1975-1982
Richard D. Anderson, 1977-1980
Mark Klotovich, 1977-1984
Maurine C. Jensen, 1979-1998
Jane C. Callister, 1981-present
Richard Blomquist, 1983-1986
Don A. Carpenter, 1983-1990
Orr L. Hill, 1985-1992
Linda G. Neff, 1987-1994
Rodney L. Dahl, 1991-1994
James W. Peterson, 1993-1996
Ellen S. Wallace, 1995-present
Ann C. Forbush, 1995-1998
Shane S. Bodell, 1997-1998
Arlen F. Ekberg, 1998-present
Peggy Jo Kennett, 1998-present
Ralph J. Haws, 1998-present

COMPILED BY: W. Glen Fairclough, Jr., , April 2002


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