The School LAND Trust program brings tens of millions of dollars annually to academic programs in public schools across Utah. The funds are generated from school trust lands. These funds are the only discretionary funds many schools receive. The program runs entirely from this web site. Each public school in Utah elects a school community council consisting of parents, teachers, and the principal. Charter Schools have Trust Lands Councils. All councils have a two parent member majority. Each council carefully reviews student assessments and progress to decide which academic areas they want to focus on. Plans are developed to improve student academic performance in the identified academic areas with the annual School LAND Trust funds. The plans are approved by the council, submitted on this website, and approved by the local school board or chartering entity (Taken from the School Land Trust website at http://www.schoollandtrust.org/program).
Community Council Members
- Amanda Hanson | Chair | 531-8926 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tanya Fielding | Vice | 586-2840 | email@example.com
- Lydia Howard | Chair | 592-6372 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jami Lyn Niles | Parent | 586-2840 | email@example.com
- Val Orton | Educator | 586-2840 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mike Moyle | Principal | 586-2840 | email@example.com
Council Meeting Dates
- October 17th
- January 23rd
- March 26th
- All meetings will in the school library from 3:40 to 4:20.
Council Meeting Agendas
Meeting 1 of 3:
Council membership and assignments
Review Land Trust website with training materials
Final report for previous year
Data review for previous year
Review plan for current year
Discuss thoughts for next year
Meeting 2 of 3:
Review current year’s plan effectiveness to date.
Discuss ideas for the upcoming school year.
Create rough draft budget for upcoming year.
Meeting 3 of 3:
Final discussion on current year’s plan and its impact on student learning
Final discussion and decision on next year’s plan
Submission of plan to the School Land Trust organization
Review of this year’s council assignments and meetings along with possible changes.
All parents are invited to serve on the Community Council. If interested, please fill out our candidacy form linked above. Parents can directly influence how the funds our school receives are spent.
Our goal was to raise student achievement by 5% in the state mandated tests: AAPPL (for dual immersion), RISE language arts, RISE math, RISE science, and DIBELS (reading). We met and exceeded our goals in all areas except on the DIBELS test. Funds were used to hire a reading aide, a math aide, to provide professional development, to provide supplies, and to supplement the purchase of technology throughout the school. There were two mistakes last year revolving around the registration for professional development and the ordering of technology for one grade. The funding was carried over to this year and has been spent on the things we committed to as a council. Our plan was a great success!
Plans for School Year 2020-21
Plans are currently in the works for the upcoming school year. Council members discuss the possibilities before voting on a permanent decision in March. The following possibilities were discussed in the first meeting.
- Leveled library books
- Spanish books
- Classroom sets of novels
- Extra time for tier three reading assistance
- Incentives for good behavior
Rules of Order & Procedure
To promote ethical behavior and civil discourse each council member shall:
- Attend council meetings on time and prepared,
- Make decisions with the needs of students as the main objective,
- Listen to and value divers opinions,
- Be sure the opinions of those you represent are included in discussions,
- Expect accountability and be prepared to be accountable, and
- Act with integrity.
Rules of Order & Procedure
- All meetings are open to the public.
- Agendas of all council meetings will be provided to council members at least one week before each meeting and posted on the web site. The agenda will include the date, time, and location of the meeting.
- Minutes are kept of each meeting and approved in the following meeting.
- Council meetings will be arranged for the entire school year along with agendas.
- The council consists of four or more parent members, a school employee, and the school principal. Elections are held to fill positions when there is more than one person volunteering to participate. In the case of a tie, the principal flips a coin to determine the outcome. Elections are required to be staggered.
- The chair conducts the meetings, makes assignments, and requests reports. The vice chair has this responsibility in the absence of the chair.
- The council must have a quorum to vote (majority of council members).
- If a parent member is absent from two consecutive meetings, the chair will notify the member that if the member does not attend the next meeting, the council will consider the seat vacant and the remaining parent members will appoint a parent to fill the unexpired term.
- The council must determine a procedure for a council member to disclose a conflict of interest if required by the local school board.
- Meetings shall be conducted and action taken according to very simplified rules of parliamentary procedure as required in 53G-7-1203(10). Council actions will be taken by motions and voting with votes and motions recorded in the minutes. (required)
Simple Motions of Parliamentary Procedure
Used by some organizations to assist those new to the process
A motion (or an action to be taken by the council) is stated as a motion. Someone else on the council “seconds” the motion indicating that at least one other person on the council feels the motion is worthy of discussion. Then the council members may provide input and discussion as called upon by the chair. When discussion seems complete the chair may call for a vote on the motion. Or when a member of the council “calls the previous question” (a motion to end discussion of the first motion), a second is required. Without discussion the chair calls for a vote that must pass by 2/3. If the vote on the previous question fails, the council goes back to discussing the first motion. If the motion to call the previous question passes, the chair directly calls for a vote on the first motion. A vote to call the previous question is usually used to move business along.
• A tie vote is a lost vote.
• Most motions are main motions. A main motion may be amended.
• A point of order is offered when there is some question if procedure had been followed correctly.
• To stop debate or discussion on a motion and force the vote a member would say, “I move the previous question.” This requires a second and a 2/3 vote.
• Hasty action may be corrected by use of the motion to reconsider. This motion may be made only by one who voted on the prevailing side.
• A person who made the motion may withdraw the same motion.