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


A Letter from USBA's President, Peggy Jo Kennett

On June 28-30 your USBA officers attended the NSBA Pacific Region Summer Conference held in Boise, ID. This was a great opportunity for training.

Mark Marsh is serving as the 2013 Pacific Region Chair. One of the goals of the Pacific Region is to become more active in promoting Pacific Region concerns at the NSBA level. Mark did a great job in leading the Region in this effort. After much discussion, our Region adopted 5 resolutions that will be forwarded to NSBA to be considered at the April 2014 NSBA Delegate Assembly.

And speaking about being involved, please make sure that your district and region delegates will be in attendance at our USBA Delegate Assembly on August 10. This is where we will be adopting our legislative agenda for the coming year and we want to make sure that each school district's voice is represented and heard. I look forward to seeing you at this very important meeting.

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 delegates 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 July 19th, NSBA successfully watched the passage of NSBA’s Bill on Local School Board Governance & Flexibility Prominent Throughout House Bill, H.R. 5. Click here to read the full article.


Pacific Region News - Mark Marsh

Utah was well represented by their leadership team Peggy Jo Kennett, Kristi Swett, Carolyn White, and Mark Marsh along with Richard Stowell, Executive Director and JoDee Sundberg, NSBA board member. Our Pacific Region meetings were held in Boise... 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 view an important article from Dr. Patti Harrington regarding the upcoming USBA Delegate Assembly.


MBA Corner - JoDee Sundberg

As the MBA committee continues to research best practices and strengthen the 3rd year offerings, we are excited about what is happening with boards around this state. As you read the direction of NSBA and the belief of local governance, being highly effective school board members is crucial to the success of this responsibility. We must be prepared through our own professional development. The MBA is a guide for you to find this direction and learn to work together as a board. Click here to read the full article.

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"

-Nelson Mandela-


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School Safety- Guide for Developing School Emergency Plans

Based on the tragic events at Sandy Hook, the Obama administration has recently released guidelines for developing school emergency plans. Click here to view the guide for developing a school emergency plan.


Upcoming Events

8/9
USBA Pre-Delegate Workshop
USBA Office

8/10
USBA Delegate Assembly
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Children's Land Alliance Supporting Schools Salt Lake City Conference - Mark Marsh

Three USBA Board of Directors and one officer took the opportunity to attend the “CLASS Conference” hosted in SLC, Utah this summer. Click here to read the full article.


News Corner

NSBA Praises U.S. House of Representatives' Passage of the Reauthorization of ESEA. View the National School Boards Association press release here.

Adaptive Testing Gains Momentum, Prompts Concerns. View the Education Week article here.

Audit Announced for Utah's School Districts and Charters. View the Deseret News article here.

NSBA Expresses Concerns on House K-12 Budget Proposal. View the National School Boards Association press release here.

Loss Control Safety Spotlight

Keith Griffiths (Business Administrator- Millard School District) recently hosted ergonomic safety training for the secretaries of Millard School District. In the training, such topics as posture, repetition, heights, angles, proper chairs, proper rest, etc… were all discussed. All in attendance benefited from the training and went away committed to make their individual work stations more ergonomically sound. Kudos to Keith and Millard School District for providing this training.

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Board Bulletin, August 2013-

Richard Stowell - Executive Director
Brandon Hardle - Editor