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

Seasoned Board Member is Opposed to Receiving Detailed Budget Information (emails)

School Board Member  Representing District 6   Fellow Board member Rosemary Emery sent an email to all Board members prior to our retreat last week. She is requesting that the Board have better access and understanding to the school district budget: From: Rosemary Emery Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 3:17 PM To: Laurel Young; Tiffany Sandberg; Michael Clara; Heather Bennett; Doug Nelson; Kristi Swett Subject: board meeting Over the last two years it has become apparent that as a board … Continue reading

Superintendent’s Growing Compensation: $220,244.00

During the Budget process earlier this year I proposed an amendment to the budget that would give our employees a 3% COLA increase in order to match the 3% annual bonus that the Superintendent receives. It was voted down by the Board and the Superintendent somewhat denied that he revived a bonus. This year the School Board gave the Superintendent a 6% increase and gave our Teachers (& all employees) a  1% increase School Board … 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