USBA's monthly newsletter for March 2013. Headlines include: Letter from USBA's President, Legislative Updates, NSBA Annual Conference, etc...
The Board Bulletin March 2013

Why School Boards Matter Part II - A Letter from USBA's President, Peggy Jo Kennett

There is a national movement afoot in a certain segment of big business, that is backed by big money, to privatize public education through legislation. As Board Members we need to be diligent in combating efforts to reduce the role of School Boards and to keep the public in public education. Public education is vitally important because it is the foundation for a responsible and independent society, and weakening the public school system will weaken the fabric of society. The history of our country speaks volumes about the value of an educational system that is responsive to the citizens it serves. School boards make that possible.

As School Board Members, we can affect the attitude in our communities toward public education by touting all of the great things that are happening in our schools. Of course there is room for improvement, but we are doing great things already! Your community needs to hear, see, and feel that your Board is working to raise student learning and success.

Updates on the Utah State Legislative Session - Dr. Patti Harrington

The Utah Legislative Session is going full speed right now, with members carving out the FY14 budget and working on hundreds of bills they want to see passed before the March 14th midnight deadline. The budget is central to their work and of all the important legislative matters to follow, nothing compares to our need for a solid and positive public education budget for next year. What can we hope for in the FY14 budget and how has sequestration influenced that budget?

A base budget for public education in FY14 has already passed the Legislature, and it includes the additional $25 million mistakenly omitted in this year’s budget. Additional funds for next year will be carried in a second public education budget bill, expected in the waning hours of the Session. We are hopeful that it will include full funding for enrollment growth, and additional dollars to add to the amount of the Weighted Pupil Unit. We have worked to seek to restore the line item on retirement and Social Security and hope that is part of the second budget bill. Click here to read the full article.

NSBA Annual Conference is Coming

The National School Boards Association's 73rd Annual Conference is scheduled for April 13-15. The NSBA Annual Conference & Exposition is the one national event that brings together education leaders at a time when domestic policies and global trends are combining to shape the future for our students. You can register and learn more information by clicking here.

We are excited to announce that we have recently released two new trainings for PowerUP. School Finance Level II and Open Meeting Law II are now available. You can access these new trainings by logging into PowerUP.

Please continue to check PowerUP regularly as new trainings will be available shortly.

Loss Control Safety Spotlight

Colleen Dietz (Provo School District- Child Nutrition) works on one of her selected online safety courses. In her first year of taking this training, Colleen and Provo School District employees have found real value in completing the courses they have selected.

School Safety- Communicating During a Crisis

School safety expert Ken Trump shows how school officials can communicate with internal and external constituents when responding to, and recovering from, a school safety incident. You can view this American School Board Journal article by clicking here.

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Upcoming Events

President & Vice Presidents Workshop
USBA Office.

3/27 - 4/17
USBA Spring 2013 Regional Meetings
Various locations. See full schedule for details by clicking the above link.

News Corner

Utah teens rank 11th in country for passing Advanced Placement tests. View the Salt Lake Tribune article here.

Governor calls for parents, lawmakers to unite behind education goals. View the Deseret News article here.

Great gains in high school graduation rates. View The Center for Public Education article here.

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Open Superintendent Positions Available

With the retirement/departure of Superintendents in five school districts, USBA is currently seeking qualified applicants for the Superintendent position at the following districts:
  • Morgan County
  • South Sanpete
  • Park City
  • Iron County
  • Washington County
For more information, updates, and applications please visit

USBA would like to thank Superintendents Ken Adams, Donald Hill, Ray Timothy, Max Rose, and Jim Johnson for their hard work and dedication.

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, March 2013-

Richard Stowell - Executive Director
Brandon Hardle - Editor