USBA's monthly newsletter for July 2013. Headlines include: Letter from USBA's President, USBA Delegate Assembly, NSBA News, etc...
The Board Bulletin July 2013

A Letter from USBA's President, Peggy Jo Kennett

Happy Summer! Hopefully each one of you will enjoy summer vacation as much as your students do.

As a reminder--our Delegate Assembly will be held this year on Saturday, August 10. We want every School District and Region to be represented as we determine our Legislative agenda for 2014. Please make sure that your designated voting member or alternate is in attendance at this important meeting. I look forward to seeing you on August 10!

USBA Delegate Assembly - Richard Stowell, Executive Director

The powers of the Delegate Assembly are specified in Article III of the USBA Bylaws and gives delegates a share in the ultimate responsibility for developing our Legislative Agenda. Having sixty some Delegates come together each year to focus on the key legislative issues renews my belief that elected School Board Members across the state have the ability to take a leadership role in the debate that will continue into the upcoming legislative session. 
According to the Bylaws, the Delegate Assembly shall consist of voting delegates who shall be entitled to one vote each and Members of the Board of Directors entitled to the right of expression, but no vote unless such Director has been designated a voting delegate by his/her local School Board. Voting delegate shall be a School Board Member designated by his/her local Board as their delegate and two (2) delegates at large from each region of the Utah School Boards Association to be elected by and from the region at the Annual Conference.
The Delegate Assembly shall hold at least one meeting annually. The Delegate Assembly may hold additional meetings on reasonable notice, upon a call of the President of the Board or by a majority of the Board of Directors, such places as the President of the Board of Directors may designate. The agenda for meetings of the Delegate Assembly shall be prepared by the Board of Directors. Copies of the agenda shall be mailed by the Executive Director to each voting delegate at least ten (10) days before the date of such meeting of the Delegate Assembly. 
A voting delegate shall have the right to one vote on any issue before any meeting of the Delegate Assembly, if present in the meeting when the vote is taken. A quorum shall consist of at least one half of the full voting strength of the Delegate Assembly. (Existence of a quorum shall be established at the call to order of the Delegate Assembly, and once established shall be assumed for the remainder of that meeting). No delegate shall vote by proxy.
Proposed legislative policies, resolutions, or amendments shall be submitted by delegates at least thirty (30) days prior to the Delegate Assembly. In order for legislative proposals to become the official position of the Association they must be adopted by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present. The Delegate Assembly, at its pleasure, may consider emergency resolutions.

NSBA News - JoDee Sundberg

On June 6-8th I had the opportunity to attend my first board of directors meeting for NSBA in Alexandria, Virginia. I must admit I was a little apprehensive at first, having been so involved in my local board and the wonderful board members from Utah. I also felt some self doubt on what could I offer on the national level. However, my experience was very different from any preconceived thought I may have had. Click here to read the full article.

MBA Corner - JoDee Sundberg

MBA has had national attention this month. The NSBA board of directors were given an opportunity to hear about what Utah is doing with professional development for our local board members. Click here to read the full article.

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Upcoming Events

USBA Health Care Reform Seminar
Midway, UT

7/29 - 7/30
USSA Superintendents Meeting
Cedar City, UT

News Corner

Study: Majority of U.S. Charter Schools Perform Equal or Worse Than Traditional Schools. View the Deseret News article here.

Beyond Academics: Giving Students a Chance to Succeed. View the American School Board Journal article here.

High School Graduation Rate Climbs to Highest Point in 40 years. View the Center for Public Education article here.

Snacking at School May Soon Look a Lot Different. View the Deseret News article here.

Loss Control Safety Spotlight

On Friday, June 21st, Uintah School District hosted an "Active Shooter Preparation Drill" at Vernal Middle School. Approximately 200 participants (including students, teachers, custodians, maintenance, administrators, law enforcement and other first responders) experienced several life-like scenarios. They were able to test their policies, practices, skills, instincts, etc... in a mock environment that we hope never becomes reality. The drill was deemed a success and all participants came away more committed to helping prevent such a disaster from happening in Uintah School District.

School Safety- Stop Bullying on the Spot gives helpful tips on how adults should respond to bullying quickly and consistently. Click here to view the article.

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Board Bulletin, July 2013-

Richard Stowell - Executive Director
Brandon Hardle - Editor