December 6, 2013 Meeting
The Utah State Board of Education:
Board Reviews Governor's FY 15 Budget Proposal for Public Education
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Martell Menlove reviewed Gov. Gary R. Herbert's fiscal year 2015 budget recommendations for public education. Menlove noted that $157 million in new funds are targeted for public education, but also pointed out that not all Utah State Board of Education budget priorities were met in the Governor's recommendations.
View a full copy of the Governor's budget recommendations (public education begins on page 45).
For Additional Information
bruce[dot]williams[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Bruce Williams), Associate Superintendent for Business and Operations, at (801) 538-7514.
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Pyfer Elected Board Chair, Crandall, Thomas Vice Chairs
In an 8-7 vote, Utah State Board of Education elected Member Tami W. Pyfer of Logan as new chair of the Board after current chair Debra G. Roberts of Beaver decided not to run for Board leadership. Pyfer defeated current Vice Chair David L. Crandall of Draper for the chair. Crandall was elected first vice chair of the Board and David L. Thomas of South Weber second vice chair.
The Board recently revised its by-laws to allow up to three vice chairs. The Board chose to elect two vice chairs. Crandall, as first vice chair, will act as chair should for any reason Pyfer not be able to fulfill her duties.
View a map of Utah State Board of Education districts.
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Board Gives Tentative Approval to Licensing Rule Amendments
The Utah State Board of Education gave tentative approval to the following rule changes. Final approval will likely come during the Board's January 9 meeting:
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Board Presents Light of Learning Award to Mark Bouchard
The Utah State Board of Education presented its highest award, the Light of Learning Award, to former Prosperity 2020 Chair Mark Bouchard. Deputy Superintendent Brenda Hales introduced Bouchard:
"Mark Bouchard is a valued friend, thoughtful appraiser and tireless advocate for Utah’s children and for public education.
"Until recently, Mark served as the Chair of Prosperity 2020 and is currently the Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Education Excellence. In both of these roles, he has vigorously championed the efforts of educators, board members and business leaders to enhance teaching and learning. He has taken his message of support to every corner of the state and to every group that would listen. Mark has done this while working as the senior managing director of the Salt Lake City office of CB Richard Ellis. Prior to his arrival in Salt Lake City, Bouchard was the managing director of the Las Vegas office of CB Richard Ellis where he oversaw the Brokerage, Investment and Asset Services divisions of the company. He has over 30 years of banking and real estate experience, including eight-plus years as senior vice president and development partner for Thomas & Mack Development Group, and in a senior management position with Valley Bank of Nevada where he was responsible for areas of Trust and Investments totaling $13 billion.
"As a successful business executive, it would be easy for Mr. Bouchard to pronounce and insist on his own vision of education reform. Instead, he is a listener, a learner, a collaborator and a consensus builder. Mark exhibits great respect for the work educators and administrators do every day and is willing to listen and take counsel on education from educators. He offers calm, considered advice and feedback to members of the education and business community. He is a powerful ally and force for good who isn’t afraid to stand up for education. He is truly a man who “walks the talk” dedicating countless hours assisting students and those who try to help them.
"At a recent event in Granite School District, Mark Bouchard summarized his vision of education for Utah students. Bouchard provided insight from struggles in his own life as a child in a single-parent home in Detroit. At the age of 14, Bouchard was forced to work to support his family. 'I am not the poster child for what we need in America,' he said. Bouchard emphasized the lasting effect of an exceptional learning experience for students and how each child deserves to have only the best from the schools they attend. 'They deserve the opportunity to reach their dreams,' he said. Bouchard ended his speech by encouraging everyone to place the interests of students as their top priority, which would inevitably decrease unemployment and lead to overall improvements in the nation. 'Education has to be put at the forefront of every mind,' he said. (10/4/12 Speech Granite School District)
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Board Approves Consent Calendar
The Utah State Board of Education approved the consent calendar.
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