USBA's monthly newsletter for May 2014. Headlines include: Letter from USBA's President, Frequently Asked Questions, NSBA News, etc...
The Board Bulletin May 2014

A Letter from USBA's President, Carolyn White

My fellow Utah School Board Members,

It is my privilege to address you each month in our newsletter. I want you to know that I have a great respect for the work that you do for the schools and children in the districts across this state. I do not know of any better people than those who spend their time and energy in service as school board members. My heart is touched as I observe your tireless efforts.

The first week of April many of our Utah School Board Members gathered in New Orleans for the National School Boards Association Annual Conference. It was great to see so many of you at the “Sunday – Sundae,” which has become a tradition, sponsored by the Utah School Boards Association and co-sponsored by: Zions Bank Public Finance, Chapman & Cutler, and MHTN Architects. The conference is a time for learning and reflection. A time to learn about new advances in the way school boards work to provide better service to their districts.

Click here to read the full letter.

Do School Boards Really Make a Difference?

"A good school board, say the authors of a new study, may be able to make the difference between a school that underperforms and one that beats the odds.

Building on a survey of 900 school board members from 417 school districts conducted in 2009, two researchers from Notre Dame and Lawrence University added controls for demographic and funding differences.

They found that some schools outperform others. These differences, it turned out, correlated to different types of school board members. The most significant factor, the study claims, is that higher performing schools have board members who hold a laser focus on student achievement."

Click here to read the full Deseret News article.

NSBA News - JoDee Sundberg

This past month the NSBA Board of Directors had a successful and hard working board meeting, site visits and NSBA conference. During our board meeting we were able to successfully put in place many new policies and guidelines that will help the changes of NSBA continue to move forward. One of my new assignments will be serving on the NSBAC board, which is a separate board of NSBA and functions as the political arm of NSBA.

Click here to read the full article.

"I believe in investing in urban communities and under served areas. And I believe in America’s public schools."

-Magic Johnson-

Exclusive Auto Insurance Savings and Benefits with Liberty Mutual

Liberty Mutual has partnered with USBA to offer exclusive auto insurance savings and benefits to our members. Click here to view more details.

Back and Lifting Safety Facts and Pointers

  1. 20% of work related injuries involve the back.
  2. The most common factors of a back injury are bad posture, poor physical condition, and improper lifting technique.
  3. Always get help when lifting an object over 40 lbs.
  4. Before lifting, take the time to warm up.
  5. Learn proper lifting techniques (including lifting with your legs, proper breathing, lifting straight up and with the load close to your body, and avoiding twisting while carrying).
Learning from these facts and pointers will result in a safer and healthier you.

Upcoming Events

USBA Board of Directors Meeting
USBA Office

News Corner

Partnerships, Not Pushouts: A Guide for School Board Members on Community Partnerships for Student Success. View this NSBA guide here.

Higher Education, Demographics Among Proposed Changes to School Grading System. View this Deseret News article here.

Number of Utahns with Degrees Inches Up, but Too Slowly. View this Salt Lake Tribune article here.

Congressional Influence. As School Board Members, You Can Develop a Strong Relationship with Your Member of Congress. View this American School Board Journal article here.

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Board Bulletin, May 2014-

Richard Stowell - Executive Director
Brandon Hardle - Editor