Truancy In Salt Lake City is alive and well

Had a great conversation this afternoon with Salt Lake City Police at the Smith’s grocery store in Rose Park. I believe that the Salt Lake City School District should establish a collaborative relationship with the Salt Lake City Police Department in an effort to improve school attendance by decreasing truancy and reconnecting students with their neighborhood schools. If we start the discussion now, we can be ready for the start of school this fall. Currently, … Continue reading

SLC School Board Approves Property Tax Increase (Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Following public comment critical of the state Legislature, the Salt Lake City School Board voted Tuesday to approve a property tax increase for the 2013-14 budget. The tax increase will raise $3.6 million for the district and cost homeowners an additional $12.65 per year for every $100,000 of assessed property value. Only three members of the public — including Rep. Joel Briscoe, D-Salt Lake City, and former school board member Amanda … Continue reading

1% For Teachers & 6% For the Superintendent (UPDATED)

  Superintendent Withers received a 5% 6% Increase  I am updating this posting. I initially stated that the Superintendent received a 5% increase. I was alerted to the fact that he also received the 1% COLA increase awarded to the employees. That puts his increase at 6%. In last night’s School Board meeting, I made a motion to amend the proposed budget: I proposed a 3% Cost of Living Increase for the employees of the District … Continue reading