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R277. Education, Administration.
Rule R277-491. School Community Councils.
As in effect on May 1, 2016
Table of Contents
- R277-491-1. Authority and Purpose.
- R277-491-2. Definitions.
- R277-491-3. School Community Council Member Election Provisions.
- R277-491-4. School Community Council Principal Responsibilities.
- R277-491-5. School Community Council Chair Responsibilities.
- R277-491-6. School Community Council Business.
- R277-491-7. Inapplicable to Charter Schools.
- R277-491-8. Failure to Comply with Rule.
- Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment
- Notice of Continuation
- Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law
(1) This rule is authorized by:
(a) Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3, which places general control and supervision of the public school system under the Board; and
(b) Subsection 53A-1-401(3), which allows the Board to adopt rules in accordance with its responsibilities.
(2) The purpose of this rule is to:
(a) provide procedures and clarifying information to a school community council to assist the council in fulfilling school community council responsibilities consistent with Sections 53A-1a-108 and 53A-1a-108.1;
(b) provide direction to a local school board, school, and school district in establishing and maintaining a school community council;
(c) provide a framework and support for improved academic achievement of students that is locally driven from within an individual school;
(d) encourage increased participation of a parent, school employee, and others to support the mission of a school community council;
(e) increase public awareness of:
(i) school trust lands;
(ii) the permanent State School Fund; and
(iii) educational excellence; and
(f) enforce compliance with the laws governing a school community council.
(1) "Local school board" means the locally elected school board designated in Section 53A-3-101.
(2)(a) "Principal" means an administrator licensed as a principal in the state and employed in that capacity at a school.
(b) "Principal" includes a specific designee of the principal.
(3) "School community" means the geographic area a school district designates as the attendance area, with reasonable inclusion of a parent of a student who attends the school but lives outside the attendance area.
(4) "Student" means a child in a public school, grades kindergarten through 12, counted on the audited October 1 fall enrollment report.
(1) If a school holds an election in the spring, the school community council shall:
(a) attempt to notify a parent of an incoming student about the opportunity to run for the council; and
(b) provide a parent of an incoming student with an opportunity to vote in the election.
(2) In addition to the election notice requirements of Subsection 53A-1a-108(5)(c), the principal shall provide notice of:
(a) the location where a ballot may be cast; and
(b) the means by which a ballot may be cast, whether in person, by mail, or by electronic transfer.
(3) A parent may vote for a school community council parent member if:
(a) the parent's child is enrolled at the school; or
(b)(i) the school holds the election in the spring; and
(ii) the parent's child will be enrolled at the school in the following school year.
(4)(a) A school community council may establish a procedure that allows a parent to mail a ballot to the school in the event the distance between a parent and the voting location would otherwise discourage parental participation.
(b) A mailed or hand-delivered ballot shall meet the same timeline as a ballot voted in person.
(5)(a) A school, school district, or local school board may allow a parent to vote by electronic ballot.
(b) If allowed, the school or school district shall clearly explain on its website the opportunity to vote by electronic means.
(6) In the event of a change in statute or rule affecting the composition of a school community council, a council member who is elected or appointed prior to the change may complete the term for which the member was elected.
(7)(a) A public school that is a secure facility, juvenile detention facility, hospital program school, or other small or special school may receive School LAND Trust Program funds without having a school community council if the school demonstrates and documents a good faith effort to:
(i) recruit members;
(ii) have meetings;
(iii) publicize the opportunity to serve on the council; and
(iv) publish election results to the school community.
(b) The local school board shall make the determination whether to grant the exemption.
(1) Following an election, the principal shall enter and electronically sign on the School LAND Trust Program website a Principal's Assurance Form affirming:
(a) the school community council's election;
(b) that vacancies were filled by election if necessary; and
(c) that the school community council's bylaws or procedures comply with Section 53A-1a-108, Rule R277-477, and this rule.
(2) In addition to the requirements of Subsection 53A-1a-108.1(6), each year the principal shall post the following information on the school's website:
(a) an invitation to a parent to serve on the school community council that includes an explanation of how a parent can directly influence the expenditure of the School LAND Trust Program funds; and
(b) the dollar amount the school receives each year from the School LAND Trust Program.
(1) After the school community council election, the school community council shall annually elect at the council's first meeting a chair and vice chair in accordance with Subsection 53A-1a-108(5)(j).
(2) The school community council chair shall:
(a) post the information required by Subsection 53A-1a-108.1(5);
(b) set the agenda for every meeting;
(c) conduct every meeting;
(d) keep written minutes of every meeting, consistent with Subsection 53A-1a-108.1(9);
(e) inform council members about resources available on the School LAND Trust Program website; and
(f) welcome and encourage public participation in school community council meetings.
(3) The chair may delegate the responsibilities established in this section as appropriate at the chair's discretion.
(1)(a) The school community council shall adopt rules of order and procedure to govern a council meeting in accordance with Subsection 53A-1a-108.1(10).
(b) The rules of order and procedure shall outline the process for:
(i) selecting a chair and vice chair; and
(ii) removing from office a member who moves away or fails to attend meetings regularly.
(2) The school community council shall:
(a) report on a plan, program, or expenditure at least annually to the local school board; and
(b) encourage participation on the school community council by members of the school community and recruit a potential candidate to run for an open position on the council.
(3)(a) The principal shall provide an annual report to the school community council that summarizes current practices used by the school district and school to facilitate the school community council's responsibilities under Subsection 53A-1a-108(3)(a).
(b) The report described in Subsection (3)(a) shall include:
(i) information concerning internet filtering protocols for school and district devices that access the internet;
(ii) local instructional practices, monitoring, and reporting procedures; and
(iii) internet safety training required by Section 53A-1a-108.
(4) A school community council may advise and inform the local school board and other members of the school community regarding the uses of School LAND Trust Program funds.
This rule does not apply to a charter school.
(1) If a local school board, school district, school, or school community council fails to comply with the provisions of this rule, the School Children's Trust Director appointed under Section 53A-16-101.6 may report the failure to the Audit Committee of the Board.
(2)(a) The Audit Committee shall allow the local school board, school district, school, or school community council to present information to the Audit Committee.
(b) The Audit Committee of the Board may recommend to the Board a reduction or elimination of School LAND Trust funds for a school district or school if the Audit Committee finds that the local school board, school district, school, or school community council has not complied with statute or rule.
(3) Before the Board takes action on the Audit Committee's recommendation, the Board shall allow the local school board, school district, school, or school community council to present information to the Board.
school community councils
October 8, 2015
August 13, 2015
Art X Sec 3; 53A-1-401(3);
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