Board of Education| Alpine School District

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 inspire learning and to protect our freedoms.


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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Paula Hill was elected to the Board in 2009 and is serving her second term. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Mountainland Applied Technology College where she is a devoted cheerleader.

Paula has an education background both broad and deep, receiving her BA, her MA, and several teaching endorsements from BYU. She has taught for 25 years (mostly middle school, her love) in seven states and three countries. Her assignments have included English, social studies, math, speech and debate, drama, journalism, ESL and reading and she has been advisor to the student council, yearbook and newspaper. She has worked as a journalist, reporter and editor, and has published as a free-lance writer.

Paula has raised eight wonderful children, with all the activities that includes (from Girl Scout cookie chairman to president of the Santa Ana Guild for the Deaf) and acquired six more awesome children when she married Rodney (“Mr. Wonderful”) 24 years ago. With a total of fourteen, she wins all contests for number of grandchildren, without even adding the greats.

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

Dr. Mark J. Clement

Board Member

Term ends: 12/31/2020
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Dr. Mark Clement was elected to the Alpine School District Board of Education in 2017. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Oregon State University in 1994. His BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering are from Brigham Young University. Before pursuing the PhD degree, Mark worked for Digital Equipment Corporation on their workstation products. He also was a founder for ICON, a startup company which produced disk servers and database machines.

Mark has worked as a Computer Science Professor at Brigham Young University since 2011.  He specializes in research into Bioinformatics and is currently investigating DNA markers associated with Autism.  He is a big supporter of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and would like to encourage more girls to prepare themselves for university studies in these areas.

He has enjoyed many years of community and volunteer service including 10 years of service in the Boy Scouts of America and several years as a District Commissioner.  Mark has coached baseball, basketball and soccer and often takes youth groups rock climbing in local canyons.  He rides his bike from Lindon to BYU and a champion for environmental causes.  He has served for many years on the School Community Council at Pleasant Grove High School, and is active in promoting schools and education.

Mark and his wife Laura are the parents of 9 children and 3 grandchildren.

Voting District 5 | Mountain View High School Cluster

JoDee C. Sundberg

Board Member

Term ends: 12/31/2018
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JoDee Sundberg has been married to Jay Sundberg for 38 years. They have 4 children and 13 grandchildren with 2 new grandchildren coming. JoDee was born in Utah and spent her childhood in Utah and California.  She attended BYU and served a mission for her church in Perth, Australia, from 1976-1978.

JoDee has spent most of her adult life in service to her church and community.  She served on the Little League Baseball Board for many years while her sons played and her husband coached.  She also spent time coaching soccer, girls softball and girls Jr. Jazz basketball.  JoDee has taught health and PE at Orem Elementary for 7 years.  In addition, she served in her local schools with PTA and parent advisory groups from 1985 until being elected to the Alpine Board of Education in 1998.

Now that her grandchildren are in public schools she wants to participate in bringing continued success to the local schools and for all children to have access to the best possible educational opportunities.

JoDee has been very involved in the district with committees and various other assignments, and has been able to take that expertise to the state and national level where she is impacting public education legislatively and through sound public policy. She is currently serving on the board of directors for the Utah School Board Association and the National School Board Association. She has served as president for USBA and the Pacific Region State Association. JoDee has gained greater knowledge and experience through her association with many educational leaders which has helped bring academic excellence to Alpine District.

Voting District 6 | Lehi/Skyridge High School Clusters

S. Scott Carlson

Board Member

Term ends: 12/31/2020
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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 Clusters

Sara M. Hacken

Board Member

Term ends: 12/31/2020
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Sara Hacken worked for Alpine School District for 30 years at both the elementary and secondary level as well as earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. Sara was the Utah Teacher of the Year in 2013 and represented Utah at state and national functions in 2013. She is also the founder of the Gifted/Talented Programs in Alpine district, and has an annual award named after her, “The Sara Hacken Service Award” which is given to one exemplary teacher in ASD Gifted Services each year

In addition, during her years of service in the district, Sara wrote grants totaling over $3 million dollars for various programs in the Alpine District, including arts, technology, and Teaching American History grants. She was an Eleanor Roosevelt scholar with special interest in involving girls in math and science. Sara was also a Fulbright scholar to India, and a NASA teacher educator.

Sara served on the inaugural school community councils at both Barratt Elementary School in American Fork, and at Lakeridge Junior High School in Orem. She wrote Trustlands grants applications and reports for both schools and was active in participating in school improvement plans and professional learning communities.

Sara has given service to the Orem community where she served as a party precinct chair or vice chair for 8 years as well as serving as a Boy Scout merit badge counselor for over 25 years.

Sara Hacken has served on the Board of Directors for the Colonial Heritage Foundation where she is a colonial re-enactor. She specializes in the Jamestown/Colonial eras and can be seen in costume during the community July 4 celebrations at Scera Park.

Sara has four children who all graduated from Scera Park Elementary School, Lakeridge Junior High School, and Orem High School, and she has 14 grandchildren.