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USBE Meetings - Summary

June 19, 2015

Meeting Brief

USBE:

  1. Approved Appointments
    USBE appoints Ogden School District Assessment Director Rich Nye as new Utah State Office of Education (USOE) Associate Superintendent for Data, Assessment, and Acountability, and Community Development Corporation of Utah Executive Director Darin Brush as Executive Director of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR).
  2. Approved Budgets
    USOE, Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind (USDB) and USOR budgets approved.
  3. Mournes the Loss
    USBE Member C. Mark Openshaw who died, along with his wife and two of this children, in a plane crash in Missouri on June 12. The Board also announced that a scholarship fund named for C. Mark and Amy Openshaw has been set up at Utah Valley University (UVU).
  4. Other

1. Approved Appointments

Board Approves Associate Superintendent, USOR Director Appointments.

The Utah State Board of Education approved the appointments of Rich Nye as associate superintendent for data, assessment and accountability, and Darin Brush as executive director of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR).

Nye currently serves as director of assessment in the Ogden School District. Brush is the executive director of Community Development Corporation of Utah. Both men will begin their new jobs on July 1.

For additional information contact brad[dot]smith[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Brad C. Smith), State Superintendent of Public Instruction, at (801) 538-7510.

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2. Approved Budgets

June 18 study session and a review of the current budget, the Utah State Board of Education approved fiscal year 2016 budgets for the Utah State Office of Education (USOE), the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (USDB) and the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR).

The Board also was updated on the status of USOR budgetary requirements for the Utah Legislature and on offsets for USOE year end.

To get better control of its budgets, the Board also voted to recommend that, if there is a special session of the Legislature this summer, the Board request:

  • Hiring three managerial accounting staff members to provide ongoing joint review of the budgets for internal accounting.
  • Hiring a team to resolve agency indirect cost pool issues.
  • Hiring a federal grant specialist to provide training and compliance.
  • Migrating USOE's accounting system to an enterprise accounting system.
  • Automating the minimum school program. 

For additional information contact scott[dot]jones[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Scott Jones), Associate Superintendent for Business and Operations, at (801) 538-7514.

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3. Mournes the Loss

Board Pays Tribute to C. Mark Openshaw, Announces UVU Scholarship Fund

Utah State Board of Education paid tribute to District 13 Member C. Mark Openshaw who was killed, along with his wife and two of his children, in a June 12 plane crash in Missouri. Board Chairman David L. Crandall also announced that a scholarship fund has been established at Utah Valley University in Orem for C. Mark and Amy Openshaw. The scholarship will benefit a student enrolled in the UVU School of Education with preference to those planning to serve as a K-12 teacher. That fund is now accepting donations.

For additional information contact emilie[dot]wheeler[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Emilie Wheeler), Board Communications Specialist, at (801) 707-8421.

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4. Other

The Utah State Board Urges Task Force Be Formed to Study Best Governance Fit for USOR

The Utah State Board of Education passed a motion recommending the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) no longer remain under the governance umbrella of the Board and that the Utah Legislature consider forming a task force to study other possible governance structures. The Board included in its motion its full support for USOR while that decision was being made.

USOR's primary mission is to assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment and achieving independence.

Board Deadlocks on Governor's Request for ESEA Proposal Endorsement

The Utah State Board of Education tied 7-7 on a request from Gov. Gary R. Herbert to support a proposal from the National Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislators that would provide governors and state legislatures greater authority over submission and implementation of state Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) plans.

Board Members speaking in favor of the request spoke about cooperation on the issue with the Board's governing partners in the Governor's Office and Legislature. Voting for the request were Members Dixie L. Allen, Laura Belnap, Barbara W. Corry, Linda Hansen, Jefferson Moss, Spencer Stokes, and Terryl Warner.

Board Members speaking against the request spoke about separation of powers and the Board's constitutional role over public education in Utah. Voting against the request were Members Leslie B. Castle, David L. Crandall, Brittney Cummins, Mark Huntsman, Jennifer A. Johnson, David L. Thomas, and Joel Wright.

Board OKs Two Charter Amendments

The Utah State Board of Education approved the following two charter school amendments:

  • Guadalupe School, a K-6 charter school in Salt Lake City, was approved to add 20 students beginning this fall to raise total enrollment to 300 students.
  • Freedom Preparatory Academy, a K-12 charter school in Provo, was approved to add 80 students beginning this fall to raise total enrollment to 1,300 students.

For additional information contact marlies[dot]burns[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Marlies Burns), State Charter School Director, at (801) 538-7817.

Board Advances 10 Rule Amendments and One New Rule

The Utah State Board of Education gave preliminary approval to the following rule changes. Final approval will likely come during the Board's August 7 meeting, except where noted below.

  • R277-116
    Utah State Board of Education Internal Audit Procedure. This rule is being repealed and reenacted to keep it in line with changes made in the Utah Internal Audit Act.
  • R277-700
    The Elementary and Secondary Core Curriculum. This rule is being amended in light of recent legislative action in the subject areas of civics and math. Because these changes need to be in place for the upcoming school year, this rule was passed on both second and third reading for final approval by the Board.
  • R277-099
    Definitions for the Utah State Board of Education. This new rule is being created to provide one Board rule that contains many of the definitions commonly used in Board rules. This rule was passed on both second and third reading for final approval by the Board.
  • R277
    Distribution of Funds from the Interest and Dividend Account and Administration of the School LAND Trust Program. This rule is being repealed and reenacted to keep it in line with recent changes in state law.
  • R277-491
    School Community Councils. This rule is being repealed and reenacted to keep in current with recent changes in state law.
  • R277-602
    Special Needs Scholarships – Funding and Procedures. This rule is being amended to keep it current with recent changes in Utah law.
  • R277-606
    Public School Student Dropout Recovery. This rule is being amended to keep it current with recent changes in Utah law.
  • R277-492
    School Grading System. This rule is being amended for technical changes and changes to keep in current with recent changes in Utah law.
  • R277-406
    Reading Improvement Program and the State Reading Goal (with addendum). This rules is being amended to take into account the an approach to calculating the uniform growth goal for districts and charter schools based on a reading test and student growth.
  • R277-498
    Grant for Math Teaching Training. This rule is being amended for technical change and to keep it current with recent changes in Utah law.
  • R277-444
    Distribution of Funds to Arts and Science Organizations. This rule is being repealed and reenacted to provide technical changes and clarification for the Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

Four-day School Week Approved for Grouse Creek

The Utah State Board of Education approved a request from Box Elder School District to move rural Grouse Creek School to a four-day school week. A waiver was required from the State Board because Board Rule normally requires 990 hours of instruction over 180 days.

For additional information contact sydnee[dot]dickson[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Sydnee Dickson), Deputy State Superintendent, at (801) 538-7515.

Board Approves Consent Calendar

USOE approved the Consent Calendar.

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