USBE November Meeting Summary

Utah State Utah State Board of Education Meeting Summary

November 2, 2012  Meeting

Briefly

The Utah State Board of Education:

http://www.schools.utah.gov/board/Meetings/Summary.aspx.

 Discussion Begins on Updating Utah’s Pupil Accounting Rule

With the advent of electronic delivery of instruction, the Utah State Board of Education finds itself in the position of adjusting its pupil accounting rule to reflect new classroom realities. The existing rule deals with school funding based upon counting students in the classroom. Discussions are now underway to determine classroom membership and consequent school funding for students who are taking electronic classes from home or from a school media center. Specific recommendations for changes will come before the Board at a later meeting.

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Board Seeks Additional Information on Athletic Club Fiscal Rule

The Utah State Board of Education delayed action on proposed rule R277-113 Board Fiscal Accountability and will seek further input on the measure before acting on it. The rule would provide minimum fiscal standards and procedures regarding school athletic and club activities.

For Additional Information

Natalie Grange, Internal Auditor, at (801) 538-7813.

Bruce Williams, Associate Superintendent for Business and Operations, at (801) 538-7514.

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 Military Reserve Child, Youth, & School Services Reports to Board

Brent Broome, school support specialist with the Army Reserve Child, Youth & School Services program gave the Board a report on how his organization is helping students who are children of miltary reservists. Among the services providing is working with school teachers to help better meet academic needs of military children.

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 Board OKs Utah State Office of Rehabilitation 2014 Budget Request

The Utah State Board of Education approved the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation‘s 2014 budget request that will be presented to the 2014 Utah Legislature.

For Additional Information

Don Uchida, Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Executive Director, at (801) 538-7544.

Martell Menlove, Deputy Superintendent, at (801) 538-7762.

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 Board Approves Essential Elements Standards; Advances 3 Other Rule Amendments

The Utah State Board of Education gave final approval to the essential elements extended core curriculum standards in English/language arts and math to ensure that students with significant cognitive disabilities are provided with appropriate specialized instruction aligned with Utah Core Standards.

The Board also gave preliminary approval to the following changes or continuations. Final approval will likely come in the Board’s December 7 meeting.

For Additional Information:

Judy Park, Associate Superintendent for Student Services and Federal Programs, at (801) 538-7550.

Brenda Hales, Associate Superintendent for Instructional Services, at (801) 538-7515.

Martell Menlove, Deputy Superintendent, at (801) 538-7762.

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 Board Approves New WSU Charter School, OKs Five Other Charter Amendments

The Utah State Board of Education gave approval for Weber State University to open the Weber State Charter Academy in the fall. The school will serve 44 kindergarten students on the university’s Ogden campus beginning in the fall of 2013. There is an existing preschool program at the university; this adds a kindergarten class to that program.

The Board also approved the following amendments:

For Additional Information

Marlies Burnes, State Charter School Director, at (801) 538-7817.

Brenda Hales, Associate Superintendent for Instructional Services, at (801) 538-7515.

Martell Menlove, Deputy Superintendent, at (801) 538-7762.

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 Board Approves Loans for Five Charter Schools

The Utah State Board of Education approved the following loans from the Charter School Revolving Account:

  • Utah International Charter School, a 7-12 charter school in the Granite School District, $212,000, for startup costs.
  • Esperanza Elementary, a K-6 charter school in West Valley City, $80,000 for startup costs.
  • Voyage Academy, a K-6 charter school in Clinton, $200,000 for startup costs.
  • Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning, a K-8 charter school in Perry, $118,000 for startup costs.
  • Provo Freedom Academy, a K-8 charter school in Provo that has been approved to expand to serve high school students, $281,873, for purchase of land to accommodate expansion.

For Additional Information

Marlies Burnes, State Charter School Director, at (801) 538-7817.

Bruce Williams, Associate Superintendent for Business and Operations, at (801) 538-7514.

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 Board Honors Utah’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Educators

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Recipients serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. The National Science Foundation administers these awards on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Today, we are recognizing Utah’s two recipients of the 2012 award, as well as the five individuals who are state finalists for 2013.

Presidential Award Recipients for 2012:

First, we have the Secondary Science Teacher Presidential Award recipient for 2012, Jim Larson. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1983 and enjoyed a 21 year career in oil and gas exploration in the United States, Canada and Russia. In 2004, he entered the ARL program, earning a secondary education license with endorsements in Mathematics 2, Physical Science and Middle Level Science. Mr. Larson is in his ninth year teaching middle school science and mathematics at J. E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School in Salt Lake City where he also serves as vice principal.

Our Secondary Math Teacher Presidential Award recipient for 2012 is Vivian Shell. She taught middle school and high school mathematics in Salt Lake City School District for 15 years. She has spent the past four years at the Salt Lake Center for Science Education, teaching and helping build a school for diverse learners. Vivian has implemented educational support structures such as Girls’ Math Club, a Math in the City project, Math Lab, and an after school homework hall. She also mentors new teachers in an ARL program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Utah and several endorsements.

Elementary Science Teacher State Finalists for 2013:

  • Janeen Graham’s love of science and nature began on a dairy farm in Idaho. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from BYU, a master’s degree in education from Southern Utah University, and three educational endorsements. Janeen presently serves in a supervisory assignment of pre-service teachers for the McKay School of Education, Alpine District/Brigham Young University partnership.
  • Julie Hammari has been a teacher for ten years. During that time, Julie has taught third, fifth, and sixth grade and currently teaches at East Meadows Elementary in Spanish Fork. She also completed a master’s degree in education at Southern Utah University and endorsements in math education and ESL. Julie has helped her district train the sixth grade teachers with the new common math core and helps the teachers at her school in many subject areas.
  • Gayle Shuler loves teaching science and engineering to children. She has spent several years on the Jordan School District science fair committee. Her love of nature and outdoor education allow her to see how students of all ages are impressed by the real world. Gayle’s current teaching assignment is first grade in Jordan School District’s Advanced Placement Program.

Elementary Math Teacher State Finalists for 2013:

  • Rebecca Elder received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Utah. Rebecca has been teaching for 15 years. She began her career teaching seventh and eighth grade math at Hillcrest Junior High. She then moved to McMillan Elementary in Murray where she taught fifth and sixth grade. Her current assignment is teaching fourth grade.
  • Britnie Powell has been teaching for six years in the Salt Lake City School District. For the past three years, she has been teaching sixth grade and Service Learning at the Salt Lake Center for Science Education. Britnie has a Master’s of Education from the University of Utah. She also has endorsements in reading, math, and ESL.

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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Board approved its consent calendar.

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