USBA's monthly newsletter for February 2014. Headlines include: Letter from USBA's President, NSBA News, Frequently Asked Questions, etc...
The Board Bulletin February 2014

A Letter from USBA's New President, Carolyn White

It was so nice to spend time at the USBA Annual Conference with all of the board members, superintendents, and business administrators from across our state. I personally get energized as I have the opportunity to visit and learn from each of you. I am excited by the turnout of our members to the yearly conference. We have very dedicated boards in our state.

Thank you for filling out the survey at the end of the conference, we learn much from what is shared. We take into consideration your ideas and comments for the next conference.

Looking forward now to the USBA Day on the Hill which will be held on Friday, February 21st. This is a good learning experience and I would encourage each of you to attend. I would also invite you, as often as possible, to be at the Utah State Capital during the legislative session. Be in touch with your legislators, they need to know your feelings about legislation.

Thank you for all that you do for the students of public schools here in Utah. I hope to see you soon on “the hill!”

My Superintendent is Retiring Can USBA Help?

The Board of Education and the Superintendent are the top-level leadership team in the district, the selection of a new Superintendent of Schools just may be the most important responsibility of the Board.

In an effort to be of assistance to local Boards of Education the staff of the Utah School Boards Association has assembled a portfolio of information for the purpose of assisting Boards of Education in the entire process of identifying, screening and selecting prospective candidates for the superintendency.

When a search for a new Superintendent of Schools is needed, it is our recommendation that a member of our staff be invited to meet with the Board of Education in a planning session to review carefully the contents of the portfolio and to develop the appropriate procedures for conducting the search.

It is in the best interest of Boards of Education that they begin early to develop plans and strategies for conducting their pursuits for the district's top administrator.

Over the years the USBA team members have assisted many district Boards of Education and in doing so, have been able to effectively facilitate the work of the boards and do so at a minimum cost to districts. We invite and encourage you to utilize the expertise of our staff. We exist to serve Boards of Education and enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to do just that.

NSBA News - JoDee Sundberg

There are some exciting things to look forward to on the national level during 2014 with the implementation of the New NSBA. Advocacy for public education and the school boards value in driving the direction for education is beginning to rise to the top. We are making a difference with the federal government in promoting good education policy and local control. Gathering our army of advocates across the nation with public figures and local school board members is going to enlarge the circle of influence. 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 funding for public education and School Community Councils.

MBA Corner - JoDee Sundberg

Level lll is now fully available on-line with Open Meeting Law (mandatory) and Finance lll. These are both designed to be more challenging for our level lll participants in our continued training for excellence. Level ll has been developed to carry our 2nd year participants into a more engaged learning involving higher level thinking in data to community involvement. Level l offers excellent training and board engagement as well for those of you who are just getting started.

Click here to read the full article.

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."

-Benjamin Franklin-

Exclusive Auto Insurance Savings and Benefits with Liberty Mutual

Liberty Mutual has partnered with USBA to offer exclusive auto insurance savings and benefits to our members. Click here to view more details.

Did You Know USBA is on Facebook?

Like our page on Facebook to keep up with the latest news, view upcoming events, communicate with USBA staff, and stay connected. If you would like help getting on Facebook please contact a member of USBA's staff. View our Facebook page by clicking here.

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Upcoming Events

2/1 - 2/4
NSBA Leadership/FRN Conference
Washington D.C.

2/7, 2/14, 2/21, & 2/28
USBA/USSA/UASBO Joint Legislative Committee Meeting
Capitol Hill

USBA Executive Committee Meeting
State Capitol Complex

Legislative Day on the Hill
State Capitol

News Corner

In-Class or At-Home Preschool? Utah Legislators to Debate Funds. View this Salt Lake Tribune article here.

School Leaders and Social Media. View this American School Board Journal article here.

Lawmakers Begin Work on Public, Higher Education Budgets. View this Deseret News article here.

Loss Control Safety Spotlight

Winter walking is a struggle for everyone. Here are a few things we can do, which will minimize our risk of slipping and falling on snow and ice.
  1. Park and walk in areas that have been cleared and salted.
  2. Wear shoes that are conducive to winter walking.
  3. Point out icy areas to the custodian, or to an administrator, so they can be cleared.
  4. Take smaller strides.
  5. Avoid carrying heavy items, or awkward loads, through slippery areas.
  6. Use handrails, or other stabilizing items, if possible.

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

Did you know that USBA offers flexible spending and health savings account administration?
If you are interested in learning more click here to request further information.
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Board Bulletin, February 2014-

Richard Stowell - Executive Director
Brandon Hardle - Editor