In an effort to get parents and community members more involved in the education of students, the Morgan Board of Education has created special purpose committees. The board members have been reporting the progress of the committees in board meetings for the past several months.
One of the largest committees is the Growth Task Force and Finance Advisory Committee. Boardmember Mark Farmer chairs this committee. Community members and parents on the committee include: Jennie Earl, Brent Campbell, Ryan Windley, Greg Richens, Brenda Crossley, John Barber, Ted Taylor, Natalie Sill, Kera Birkeland, Courtney Wallin, Ryan Hoffmann, Raelene Blocker and Kris-e Snyder. Teachers and staff on this committee include: Courtney Dougall, Lanette Jensen, Jared Barlow, Morgan High School Principal Wade Murdock and district administration. This group meets monthly, usually on the first Thursday at 7 a.m. but will be meeting the second Thursday in July.
There is also a Transportation and Safety Committee. Members include parents from each school community council, principals, teachers, Board President Bruce Galbraith, district administration, a representative from UDOT, Morgan City representatives and Morgan County representatives. This committee meets quarterly. The public is invited to attend the next meeting on Aug. 4 at 1 p.m.
The Technology Committee is trying to keep the district current with technology. Members include parents from each school community council, principals, teachers, two members of the Morgan Education Foundation, district administration, technology staff members, a representative from Northeastern Utah Education Services, and Boardmember Neil Carrigan.
You have probably seen the positive fundraising effort being undertaken by the Morgan Education Foundation to assist the district with its long-term student technology needs. Many local patrons and businesses have already pledged their financial support and we invite you to do the same.
The Policy Committee meets monthly with school principals, Boardmember Ken Durrant, district administration and representatives from each school community council. Policies are based on current legislation and adapted to fit district needs. Policies are sent by email to all district employees and community councils for input; then reviewed by the board in a two-month procedure at board meetings.
The board is in the process of creating a method to review the Utah Teaching Standards (Common Core). This group will be chaired by Board Member Jody Hipwell. While this group will consist mainly of teachers in the district, parents and community members will also be invited to participate through the school community council. If you would like to see the actual standards, please go to the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) website at www.schools.utah.gov and select the Standards tab, then Departments A-Z, and scroll down and select Core Standards. You will find the Mathematics and English Language Arts Standards.
We strongly urge parents to become involved and participate on their school’s community council. Elections for council positions are held in August. Let your child’s principal know if you are interested. We also invite you to attend monthly meetings of the Morgan Board of Education. The next meeting will be held on Aug. 12 with a work meeting at 5 p.m. and the regular meeting at 6 p.m. This is a formal, agenda-driven meeting but time is set aside for public input and comment. If you would like to address the board, please contact Superintendent Jacobs at (801) 829-3411 by 2 p.m. the day of the meeting.
Members of the Morgan Board of Education feel strongly about raising student achievement and engaging the community to attain that goal.