USBA's monthly newsletter for May 2016. Headlines include: Letter from USBA's President, NSBA News, etc...
The Board Bulletin May 2016


A Letter from USBA's New President,
Nancy Kennedy

On May 10, 1869 the Golden Spike was driven at Promontory, Utah uniting the east and west coasts of the United States and forever changing the lives of people living in this country. Prior to that, immigrants moving across the country in wagons or handcarts, left families in the east, thinking that they may never see or hear from them again. Goods were perilously shipped by water around the tip of South America or faced months of transport by land, prices were high and options were limited. Then through a collective vision, hard work, Government mandate, determination and some serious financial backing, the country was tied together by wood and metal tracks, bringing opportunities and progress to us all. As the two railroad companies worked to reach a central point, they each faced unique challenges. The Union Pacific had miles of flat prairie to cover as they headed west. They were able to lay many miles of track on relatively easy terrain. They used traditional track laying methods and progressed well until they hit the Rocky Mountains. There, they slowed to a crawl and about went bankrupt. The Central Pacific heading east, immediately faced the mountains and snows of the Sierra Nevadas and struggled almost from day one. They developed new methods, imported new workers and struggled, agonizing slow in their progress.

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


NSBA News - JoDee Sundberg

Boston was cold and rainy but wow did we receive a lot of timely information on becoming better board members, making a difference in our schools, allowing every student to have the opportunity to learn, and much much more. It was great to see so many of our Utah family there!

With our new NSBA president in place, Miranda Beard, I have some new committee assignments. My assignments are: current President of the NSBAC board, Chair of the National Certificate committee, member of Agenda for Action, Board Policy, and the new NSBA Innovation Award committee. They keep us busy!!

Prior to the conference I had my NSBA board meeting. Among other things we had some very good discussion and presentations on teacher shortages. One of the committees I sit on is the Agenda for Action committee. We take current issues or hot topics and delve into the consequences and concerns school boards have over these items.  Teacher shortages across the nation rose to the top and working with staff we researched and discussed the effect this was having on districts throughout the country. Our amazing NSBA staff then went to work and produced a comprehensive "white paper" detailing what is happening across the nation and some questions that board members might review in solving teacher shortages in their area.

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Congratulations JoDee Sundberg

Jodee was re-elected for a second term representing the Pacific Region on the NSBA Board of Directors.
  • JoDee is the current Chair of NSBAC and presented at NSBA's general session
  • Jodee initiated the national certification for all board members
  • She serves on the NSBA Innovation Awards Committee
Way to go JoDee, thanks for representing Utah!

 

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.

"The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth."

- Dan Rather


Safety Spotlight - Cheer Safety Clinic Alert

Every year, USBA and State Risk Management join forces to travel the great state of Utah and teach cheerleading safety to every High school and Jr High cheerleader. This year is no exception. Our ‘Cheer Safety Team’ of instructors help us to carry out this daunting task.

Click here to read the full article and view the clinics schedule.

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Upcoming Events

5/11
USSA Superintendents Meeting
BYU, Provo

5/13
USBA Board of Directors Meeting
USBA Office


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Board Bulletin, May 2016-

Richard Stowell - Executive Director
Brandon Hardle - Editor