Public School Bureaucracy Running Amock (Again!)

As a local elected official, the Utah state legislature has given me the authority to exercise my fiduciary duty over the finances of the school district (Utah Code 53A-3-402) My neighbors decided at the ballot box, that I should have the power to exercise that authority. I find myself, yet again, attempting to navigate the road blocks that the school district bureaucracy throws in my path. Case in point: I recently filed a  GRAMA Request … Continue reading

Salt Lake City School District Board Votes to Increase Taxes (Tribune)

BY RAY PARKER THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE PUBLISHED: AUGUST 6, 2013 09:24 PM Leah Hogsten | Tribune file photo Salt Lake City School Board member Michael Clara, left. Salt Lake City School District officials voted Tuesday to increase property taxes, but not without dissent. The school board voted 6-1 to raise an additional $3.2 million for next school year, which officials said is needed to give employees raises and maintain school programs. Owners of a … Continue reading

The Case of the Disappearing Agenda Item (Audio)

  In the January 22, 2013, School Board meeting the Board President had the Board vote on an issue that was not on the original published agenda. (See snap shot above:yellow highlight). It appears, in order to rectify the fact that the board voted on a non-agenda item, they just added it to the agenda after the meeting was done. It remained that way for about four months. The attached Audio is of the May … Continue reading

Utah State Auditor’s Office Denies School District’s GRAMA Request

070913boardAuditor Audio of a portion of the meeting In the July 9, 2013, School Board meeting at Snowbird (annual retreat), the Superintendent distributed a letter that the District received from the Sate Auditor’s Office denying the District’s GRAMA request. Board member Laurel Young then demanded that the superintendent calculate the cost that this and other complaints filed by me are costing the District. I responded that we should also calculate the cost that a 52% … Continue reading