USBA's monthly newsletter for April 2015. Headlines include: Letter from USBA's President, NSBA News, Legislative Update, etc...
The Board Bulletin April 2015

A Letter from USBA's President,
Kristi Swett

Another legislative session has come and gone! I want to give a shout out to all of you who volunteered your time on the hill, making phone calls, text messages, sending emails to your representatives, and advocating for our public schools. Each of you are extraordinary individuals, and I am lucky to rub shoulders with you! A legislative wrap up will be presented at the USBA Spring Regional meetings beginning on March 31st thru April 21st

One of the highlights is our Stand Up 4 Public Schools rally held in the rotunda of the Capital the last week of the session. It was quite overwhelming and exhilarating to see so many faces from across our state, join us in thanking our Governor for his bold public education funding proposal. Not in recent history has the rotunda been filled to capacity as it was that night! Although since the rally, various individuals have criticized the intent and message, I personally believe we came together for all the right reasons! I was honored to represent school board members and stand beside the amazing leaders from PTA, UEA, USSA, and Education First. John F. Kennedy may have said it best “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet.  We all breathe the same air, We all cherish our children’s future.” Thanks to all of you for Standing Up 4 Our Public Schools!

It has only been a few days since returning home from NSBA’s Nashville conference, and although it was fantastic, there is no place like home!

This year’s conference provided relevant workshops, great general session speakers, and opportunities to meet old and new friends from across our nation. Materials from the conference can be found at and can be downloaded.

Click here to read the full letter.

NSBA News - JoDee Sundberg

This past week I had the great opportunity to attend not only my NSBA board of directors meeting but also the NSBA delegate assembly and annual conference in Nashville. It was so fun to see so many Utah people who attended the conference. It is amazing with 5000 people there we see so many of our wonderful school board members and superintendents in the different sessions. The Sundae Sunday was so well attended and it was wonderful to visit with you.
I feel so grateful to represent Utah on the board of directors. Bringing our Utah values to this board has been a great pleasure for me. There are two very important items I would like to share with you.
Click here to read the full article.


Recent Legislation

USBA is committed to keeping public education at the forefront of Utah's Legislature.

Click here to read an important article from Dr. Patti Harrington regarding the 2015 Legislative Session.

“Learning makes a man fit company for himself.”

- Anonymous

Loss Control Safety Spotlight - Playground Safety

In order to keep children safe and also protect the interests of the school district, there are 5 critical components for effective playground supervision.

Click here for the five components of effective playground supervision.

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Kristi Swett, USBA's President, represented us well at the NSBA Annual Conference. Thank you Kristi!

Upcoming Events

3/31 - 4/21
2015 Spring Regional Meetings
Locations Vary

4/10 - 4/11
Board of Directors Workshop
Ramada, St. George

Workers Comp Board Meeting
USBA Office

News Corner

What's Next for State School Board Elections? View this Deseret News article here.

Leading the Change to Higher Performance. View this Center for Public Education article here.

Focus on Student Learning and Transform Schools. View this NSBA article here.

Board Operations: An Internal Committee Can Help the School Board and Superintendent Communicate and Thrive. View this American School Board Journal article here.

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Board Bulletin, April 2015-

Richard Stowell - Executive Director
Brandon Hardle - Editor