School Community Councils Touch the Future

You will touch their future with your choices.

The new video, School Community Councils Touch the Future, covers the principles of the School LAND Trust Program with a focus on student academic performance, local control, working as a team, and making a lasting difference for students using their trust dividend. You will touch their future with your choices.

Utah is unique in its use of community councils to direct how funds from the School LAND Trust Program are spent. Each school elects a school community council consisting of parents, teachers and the principal. Charter schools are not required to have a council but instead have trust land committees that make decisions about the School LAND Trust Program. Your council or committee prepares a plan that identifies the school’s greatest academic needs. The plans are approved by local school boards for implementation the following school year.

Your council or committee receives an annual dividend from the permanent State School Fund every July to implement your school’s approved plan during the next school year.

For more information, read the School Community Council Handout, visit the School LAND Trust Program website or contact the section administrators: Karen Rupp 801-538-7764, Margaret Bird 801-538-7533, Paula Plant 801-538-7555 and Tim Donaldson 801-538-7709. A summary of recent changes to the community councils made during this year’s legislative session can be found here.

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