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

A Letter from USBA's President,
Kristi Swett

One of the meetings I get to attend monthly, representing USBA, is the Governor’s Education Excellence Commission. The Governor asked that an executive committee be formed, with the presidents, representing Superintendents, UEA, Higher Ed, UCAT, State Superintendent, SBOE, Community College, USBA, along with a few other key education stakeholders. The executive group meets monthly, whereas, a larger commission may only meet quarterly. Nolan Karras is the chair, and the Governor, along with Tami Pyfer attends. 

The focus of the smaller group over the last couple of months, was a draft proposal of a ten year statewide education plan. The draft includes a vision statement, guiding principles, and a strategic framework for consideration and discussion. The conversation to date has been engaging and very interesting. In the most recent meeting, which was with the larger commission, a panel presented data and research about Pre-K/early childhood and reading readiness. An overview of the education plan was also presented, with the request from the chair and Governor Herbert, to provide feedback and be prepared to continue to discuss the draft.

The USBA Board of Directors were provided a copy of the draft and in our June meeting, I will be asking for any feedback, edits or additions, which I can then take to the commission. Our state would only benefit from a statewide strategic education plan, from early childhood through adulthood, articulated in plans with measureable and achievable outcomes with adequate resources to support education.

I am looking forward to being a part of the conversation and will keep you posted! 

Have a great June, its graduation time, a time to celebrate our students and their achievements!

NSBA News - JoDee Sundberg

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of another school year. I hope all of you are having wonderful experiences with your high school graduations and the many end of year events. This is what makes serving on the school board such a gratifying experience.
The second week in June I will be having my next NSBA board meeting. We have a full agenda for our three days of meetings. I wanted to particularly share with you the topic of some of our discussions that has been prepared by the Center for Public Education. CPE has identified three education trends that we believe are likely to demand the attention of NSBA, its state associations, and school boards over the next year.
The first issue – the opt out movement – is new on the education scene but it is succeeding at drawing attention beyond what its actual numbers might warrant and may influence the rewrite of school accountability systems. The remaining two – privatization (school choice) and collegeā€career ready standards – already consume a lot of our members’ time and effort. Yet both issues promise to become featured players in the 2016 presidential race, and so the focus will likely intensify.
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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 Interim Session of the Utah Legislature.

“Widespread public access to knowledge, like public education, is one of the pillars of our democracy, a guarantee that we can maintain a well-informed citizenry."

- Scott Turow

Safety Spotlight - Dave Swenson

Dave Swenson has been a custodian in Nebo School District for 16 years. During this time, he has made safety a top priority. In the photo, he reviews a Chemical Safety Data Sheet with a teacher. He has built relationships with teachers and students, that they inform him if they spot a potential safety hazard, allowing him to quickly correct the issue.

Mr. Swenson was recently assigned to be the new Head Custodian at the soon to open Maple Ridge Elementary School. Thank you, Mr. Swenson, for being a shining example of safety. The future looks bright for Maple Ridge.

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Board Bulletin, June 2015-

Richard Stowell - Executive Director
Brandon Hardle - Editor