Alpine School District Board of Education

Alpine School District is led by the Board of Education, which consists of seven elected officials that represent their communities. The Board works with students, parents and District employees to provide students with educational opportunities, prepare for the world of work, and develop attributes of citizenship necessary in a democratic society. The Board is dedicated to maintaining a safe environment that promotes individual responsibility, personal achievement, and respect for all individuals.


About the Board

The Board is composed of seven different people with different experiences, different perspectives, different personalities, and different strengths, each elected by our communities to represent their educational concerns. As board members we have no individual power or authority— our authority comes as a body, in an official vote. We have a lot of discussion, sometimes it gets intense, and occasionally we have to apologize to each other, but once the decision is made, the vote taken, the expectation is that we speak as one. We support the decision of the Board. As a Board, we have a Code of Conduct. We developed it ourselves to fit the way we want to function and treat each other. A quick way to get in trouble with fellow board members is to violate the Code of Conduct. Repeated violations of this code will cause one to lose the trust and confidence of fellow board members and the offender will become ineffective as a board member.

The Board elects one of the seven to be their President. The president has no more power or authority than the other members of the Board. The President facilitates the board processes, is the spokesman and representative for the Board and works with the Superintendent to prepare agendas.

Sometimes our constituents call and want us to help them with an issue. They think that we can step in and fix things but we cannot. That is not our stewardship and we have no individual authority to intervene. We are to help facilitate them in the problem solving process. We encourage them to solve the problem at the most local level through the established processes. The Board is the court of final appeal in most district issues so we need to remain objective. We must not prejudice the process by our interference or by hearing so much of the detail that we are biased and have to recuse ourselves from the appeal process. This is especially true for personnel issues. Policy and procedures provide the framework for these processes.

The Board is responsible for policy and oversight. We hire a Superintendent and Business Administrator to run the daily operations of the district. There are many governance models from which the Board could choose to operate. We have chosen a collaborative governance model which means we work together with the Superintendent and Business Administrator while respecting the defined stewardships. Board Members have to be careful to not overstep their bounds and get into micromanaging administration since we have significant access to both information and staff.

No single board member has the right to tell the Superintendent (or staff) what to do. He takes his direction from the Board President after the will of the board is known. This protects him from political and personal agendas and it protects the system. The seven member board speaks as one.

While our Mission, Vision, Values and Goals (MVVG) guide the focus and priorities of the Board, good processes support our culture of collaborative decision-making. These processes include research, evaluation, discussion, inquiry, education and collaboration with the Board, Superintendent, administration, staff and community. The Board nurtures a collaborative relationship with our community. There is an extensive feedback and decision-making process in place for this. We want it to be an open and transparent process, without finger pointing or blame, in a culture of continuous improvement. Working together we make better decisions.

Collaboration requires a great deal of trust at every level of decision-making. Respect, encouragement, integrity, capacity building and personal growth are all important to trust building. It requires character as well as competence. We cannot take trust for granted. It does not just exist or endure on its own–we must always be working on and protecting it, both individually and collectively.

The Board sets the tone and example for this culture. Board members have a stewardship to protect, support and nurture all the stakeholders of the district. We have to be concerned with the morale of the employees, the values and desires of the parents and community, as well as the needs of the children. The most effective Board members are those who have a respect and appreciation for the district and for public education. This affects board relationships, the morale of the employees,the perception and support of the community and ultimately the achievement of the students.

Board service is hard work, taking significant time and emotional commitment. There is little power, glory or prestige in the position, but the rewards are great in regards to children, their growth and development. That is why the best board members became board members, they want the best for all children.

Code of Conduct

Represent the Board of Education with dignity and integrity.

Display ethical conduct and model it at all times.

Be at meetings on time and prepared.

Understand the issues.
Take the time to do your homework.

Help focus meetings on important matters, remembering that the student is always our most important matter.

Continually ask what is best for children.

Value the diverse opinions of others and resolve conflict amicably with civility and responsibility.

Every board member has something to offer.
Value each board member as someone with integrity and intelligence to serve honorably.
Be open and approachable on any issue.

Listen closely to others, being careful about interrupting or dominating discussions.

Listen to one another even if we disagree.
Listen for understanding.

Have the courage to speak your perspective and then when the decision is made support the Board and Administration.

Be accountable for policies and decisions made by the board.
Support the Board and Staff once a decision is made.

Keep Confidences.

Value every voice in the educational community.

Avoid surprises and communicate your questions and concerns in advance so the Superintendent and Staff can be prepared.

Understand role as board member.
Understand differences in responsibilities.
Honor Board processes.

Represent the needs of all students while recognizing the unique needs of the individual.

What may be good for one area may not be good for the whole.

Pursue accountability by appropriate evaluation and measurement.

Monitor results

Achieve Unity and Trust.

Show unity as a board.
Respect and include Superintendent and Business administrator for input as part of the board.
Remember the effect the board has on the morale of the staff.
Show appreciation.
Have accurate information.
Have faith in the administrators.
Have safe atmosphere to express and ask questions.
Look at new things while understanding the importance of traditional things.

Mission, Vision, Values & Goals


Educating all students to ensure the future of our democracy.


Becoming a Professional Learning Community that answers four essential questions and exemplifies six characteristics.


  • What do we expect students to learn?
  • How will we know what students have learned?
  • How will we respond to students who are not learning?
  • How will we respond to students who already know?


  • Shared MVVG
  • Collective Inquiry
  • Collaborative teams
  • Action Oriented
  • Results Orientation
  • Continuous Improvement


  • Equitable Access to Academic Knowledge and Achievement
  • Engaged Learning Through Nurturing Instruction
  • Stewardship in School and Community
  • Civic Preparation and Engagement
  • Commitment to Renewal


Articulated by the Board of Education in the Areas of Focus.

Voting District 1 | Westlake High School Cluster

Paula H. Hill

Board Member

Term ends: 12/31/2018
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Voting District 2 | Lone Peak High School Cluster

Wendy K. Hart

Board Member

Term ends: 12/31/2018
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Voting District 3 | American Fork High School Cluster

John C. Burton

Board President

Term ends: 12/31/2018
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John Burton was elected to the Alpine School District Board of Education in 2009 and currently serves and the board president. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 1974 followed by his Masters of Education Degree in Curriculum Development in 1977. He earned an Educational Specialist Degree in Administration in 1984.

John served as an educator for 35 years in Alpine School District. He was an elementary school teacher from 1973 until 1980, an elementary school principal from 1980 until 2001 and ultimately as the district administrator of elementary school from 2001 until 2008.

John has taken his experience as a public school proponent to Utah Valley University where he currently serves as the Secondary Field Coordinator in the UVU School of Education. He is also the executive director of the UVU/Mountainland Applied Technology College (MATC) K-16 Alliance.

He has enjoyed many years of community and volunteer service including president of the American Fork High Football Booster Club, member of the Basketball Booster Club, and a member of the IHC Community Relations Council at the American Fork Hospital. He enjoyed a decade of coaching Jr. Jazz Basketball, Beehive Little League Baseball, and American Fork Flag Football. He also served as the chairman for the March of Dimes WalkAmerica.

John and his wife Gwen are the parents of 5 children and 9 grandchildren

Voting District 4 | Pleasant Grove High School Cluster

Brian H. Halladay

Board Member

Term ends: 12/31/2016
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Voting District 5 | Mountain View High School Cluster

Jodee C. Sundberg

Board Member

Term ends: 12/31/2018
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Voting District 6 | Lehi High School Cluster

S. Scott Carlson

Board Member

Term ends: 12/31/2016
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Scott Carlson was elected to the Alpine School District Board of Education in 2012 and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Utah High School Activities Association.

He has enjoyed many years of community and volunteer service including serving on the Lehi High School Community Council, the Alpine School District Community Council and the Sego Lily PTA. He also contributed in many ways as a member of the Lehi High School Football Booster Club. Scott has been both a delegate and chair of his local precinct and has served many years in the Boy Scouts of America.

Scott graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management. He is licensed as a professional engineer and professional land surveyor. He is the owner of a local engineering and land surveying business that specializes in resort community development and environmental reclamation projects.

He lives only a block away for the farmhouse his grandfather built in 1952 and loves carrying on his great Lehi heritage. Scott and his wife Julie have been married for 25 years and have four children and two sons-in-law. His children all attended Sego Lily Elementary, Lehi Junior High and Lehi High School.

Voting District 7 | Orem/Timpanogos High School Cluster

Deborah C. Taylor

Board Member

Term ends: 12/31/2016
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Debbie Taylor was elected to the Alpine School District Board of Education in 2005 and served as the board president from 2007 until 2013. She has also been a board member for the Alpine School District Foundation, an executive committee board member for the Utah School Boards Association, Alpine School District Community Council president and vice president, and currently serves on the Utah Valley University Peace and Justice Studies Executive Committee.

She has enjoyed many years of community and volunteer service including Orem City Parks Review Committee, Republican Party delegate and precinct secretary, Utah State Hospital and BYU Development Center volunteer, and was founder and president of the Lady Tigers Basketball Booster Club. She has served valiantly in the PTA since 1982 as a room mother, treasurer, local president, council leadership vice president and region assistant director.

Because of her dedication to our community, Debbie has received many recognitions including Mother of Achievement from American Mothers, Inc. and the “You Make a Difference Award” from the ASD Foundation. She has also published a booklet entitled, A Positive Parent.

Debbie was born in Gallup, New Mexico where she grew up on and near the Navajo Reservation. She worked in her father’s trading post where she gained a deep love and respect for both the differences and the similarities in people and cultures. She attended local public schools where the blessings and challenges of the cultural melting pot that existed there profoundly affected her life. Her innate love for people has driven her passion for education and for peaceful resolution of conflict wherever possible.

Debbie has been married to Norman Taylor for 40 years, and they have 8 children and 22 grandchildren.