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

A Letter from USBA's President, Peggy Jo Kennett

It was great to see so many of you at the NSBA Conference in San Diego! The Conference is a wonderful opportunity for us to participate in professional development. Hopefully you have had a chance to go online to fill out the evaluation form in order to receive credit for the sessions that you attended.
Thank you to Washington School District and to Superintendent Doty of Canyons District for representing Utah so well at the NSBA Conference. Their presentations were well done and informative.
A special congratulations to our own JoDee Sundberg, of Alpine School District, who was elected at the NSBA Conference to the NSBA Board of Directors. She will represent Utah and the Pacific Region very well.
Remember--Local School Boards matter! We represent our local community interests and we know what our local communities need.

NSBA News - JoDee Sundberg

First may I say thank you to all the many board members, superintendents and business administrators who have supported me in this endeavor to run for the NSBA Board of Directors. This has been a process that we have worked on for the last 4 years. The Board of Director’s position is voted on by the delegates of the Pacific Region. The states of the PAC Region are Utah, California, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. We have 3 representatives from the region serving on the NSBA Board. Click here to read the full article.

Washington County School District and Superintendent David Doty of Canyons School District Present Sessions at the 2013 NSBA Annual Conference

Washington County School District and Superintendent David Doty of Canyons School District were both selected as breakout session presenters during the NSBA Annual Conference. Washington County School District presented about continuous improvement in student achievement. Their session was titled: "From Sanctions to Celebrations: A Five Year Journey from School Improvement  to Continuous Improvement." Superintendent Doty discussed Face to Faith, an educational initiative that connects students in classrooms around the world, the session was titled: "Bridging Religious and Cultural Divides: Students Learning From, With and About One Another." Congratulations Washington County School District and Superintendent Doty! Well done! 

NSBA Announces New Board Leadership: David A. Pickler of Tennessee to Serve as President

School board leader David A. Pickler of Tennessee’s Shelby County Schools was named the 66th President of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) at the association’s Annual Conference. Click to read the full article.

Recent Legislation

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

Click here to view the update on SB271 S3 (S. Adams) from Dr. Patti Harrington.

MBA Corner - By JoDee Sundberg

The “Master of Boardsmanship Award” professional development tool is in its second year! We are very excited about the number of board members and boards that received their award recognition at our USBA January conference. Click here to read an update on the MBA.

For any questions regarding PowerUP please contact a member of USBA's staff at (801)-566-1207.

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School Safety- Lessons Learned from Disaster: Joplin and Aurora

School leaders, John Barry and C.J. Huff share what they have learned from facing the worst types of nightmares. You can view this NSBA School Board News article by clicking here.

Upcoming Events

USBA Board of Directors Meeting
USBA Office

USSA Superintendents Meeting
Room 3225 Wilkinson Center
BYU, Provo

News Corner

Eight characteristics of effective school boards. View the Center for Public Education article here.

Pickler: Let's change the conversation about public schools. View the NSBA School Board News article here.

66 by 2020: Utah has 7 years to reach college degree goal and top the nation. View the Deseret News article here.

Loss Control Safety Spotlight

Doug Talbot, Head Custodian at East Meadows Elementary (Nebo School District), examines damage to a climbing wall, discovered during an inspection of the school playground equipment. Thank you Mr. Talbot for making sure the play equipment is safe for the children of East Meadows.

Open Superintendent Positions Available

USBA is currently seeking qualified applicants for the Superintendent position for Tooele County School District.
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Board Bulletin, May 2013-

Richard Stowell - Executive Director
Brandon Hardle - Editor