Schools participating in the School LAND Trust program are required by Utah Code and Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Rule to have certain items on their individual school website, and to provide notice of meetings on the school website one week before the council meeting is held. The School Children’s Trust section of the USBE has been tasked with reviewing a portion of school websites annually to determine compliance.
School Community Councils hold elections annually to fill open seats. Local school boards set election timelines, and council elections may be held in the fall, or in the spring before the last week of school. Elections should be held at a consistent time for at least four years. Please review the Election Checklist below to insure your council elections are compliant with state law and state school board rule.
Every Charter School is required to have a Charter Trust Land Council. A charter school may choose to use its governing board as the Charter Trust Land Council only if the governing board has a two-person majority of parents or grandparents with children currently enrolled at the school. If the governing board does not meet the requirements, or if the board chooses not to serve as the Charter Trust Land Council, the board should determine election procedures to elect council members who are parents or grandparents of students enrolled at the school.
Charter Schools that use their governing boards as Charter Trust Land Councils should include council business in regularly scheduled governing board meetings that are subject to the Utah Open and Public Meetings Act. Charter schools with separately elected Charter Trust Land Councils follow the School Community Councils Open and Public Meeting Requirements found under Laws and Rules.
All schools should have the school’s Teacher and Student Success Plan posted on the school website. Charter Schools with a separately elected Charter Trust Land Council are required by Utah Code and Utah State Board of Education Rule to have certain items on their individual school website, and to provide notice of the meetings on the school website one week before the council meeting is held.