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October 23, 2014
Evaluation to follow rather than precede renewal

In a split vote, the Morgan County Board of Education approved extending the district’s business administrator contract another two years, through June 30, 2016.

In a split vote, the Morgan County Board of Education approved extending the district’s business administrator contract another two years, through June 30, 2016.
Business Administrator D’Lynn Poll has been operating for months without a contract, noted Board Member Jody Hipwell, who voted to renew the contract immediately.

October 11, 2014

Parks are a tangible reflection of the quality of life in a community.  They are often a major factor in the perception of quality of life in our communities.  Parks and recreation services are often cited as one of the most important factors in how livable communities are.

Parks are a tangible reflection of the quality of life in a community.  They are often a major factor in the perception of quality of life in our communities.  Parks and recreation services are often cited as one of the most important factors in how livable communities are.

October 2, 2014

The Morgan County Board of Education is worried about exploding enrollment and expected population growth.  While a separate task force has been studying issues related to growth and are months away from issuing their official report, the school board wanted a sneak peak at their discussions.

The Morgan County Board of Education is worried about exploding enrollment and expected population growth.  While a separate task force has been studying issues related to growth and are months away from issuing their official report, the school board wanted a sneak peak at their discussions.

August 23, 2014

When Superintendent for the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Joel Coleman was named the interim Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Utah this week, it was not in an open public meeting, something that has Utah State Board of Education Member Terryl Warner worried.

When Superintendent for the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Joel Coleman was named the interim Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Utah this week, it was not in an open public meeting, somethin

August 18, 2014

As a result of increased public pressure, the Morgan County School Board is contemplating the creation of a standards committee to keep an eye on state core standards and curriculum while allowing as much local input as possible.

As a result of increased public pressure, the Morgan County School Board is contemplating the creation of a standards committee to keep an eye on state core standards and curriculum while allowing as much local input as possible.
August 18, 2014

You own a home in Morgan County valued at $276,000, the average assessed value in the county.  Last year, you paid $1,184 in taxes according to the 0.007805 certified tax rate set by the Utah State Tax Commission. 

You own a home in Morgan County valued at $276,000, the average assessed value in the county.  Last year, you paid $1,184 in taxes according to the 0.007805 certified tax rate set by the Utah State Tax Commission. 
July 10, 2014

Morgan County School Board President Bruce Galbraith presented findings from the Utah School Boards Association regarding what makes a good school board member.

Morgan County School Board President Bruce Galbraith presented findings from the Utah School Boards Association regarding what makes a good school board member.
He said the right person makes a difference, as does the kind of board you have.  For example, if board members are always fighting against each other, little gets done. 

July 10, 2014

 

Morgan County School Board members weighed in on the state issue of extending a No Child Left Behind waiver, saying they don’t want to take a risk and would rather renew the waiver that is set to expire.

Morgan County School Board members weighed in on the state issue of extending a No Child Left Behind waiver, saying they don’t want to take a risk and would rather renew the waiver that is set to expire.

July 10, 2014

The tax rate set by the state for each school district was decreased this year compared to last year, but the Morgan County School Board will not be able to pass on the savings.  To fund $348,000 in capital projects such as technology, a new bus and mechanical controls, they will need to increase the tax rate higher than that set by the Utah State Tax Commission, yet not higher than the total rate paid by county taxpayers last year.  Since the district plans to set a rate different from that set by the state, they plan to hold a truth in taxation meeting.  The school board voted unanimously to hold that meeting in August.

The tax rate set by the state for each school district was decreased this year compared to last year, but the Morgan County School Board will not be able to pass on the savings.  To fund $348,000 in capital projects such as technology, a new bus and mechanical controls, they will need to increase the tax rate higher than that set by the Utah State Tax Commission, yet not higher than the to

June 19, 2014

Candidates for the District 2 and District 4 Morgan County School Board positions met for a debate June 12. Voting for the primary election involving Roland Haslam, Ted Taylor and Bruce A. Galbraith for District 2 will take place Tuesday, June 24.
Alan Vesper withdrew from the District 4 race, making a primary election with Anna Phelps and incumbent Mark Farmer unnecessary. Phelps and Farmer will proceed to the general election in November. 
Haslam, Taylor, Phelps and Farmer were present for the debate sponsored by Morepac, a political action committee with the mission to “facilitate community awareness through public forums and provide accurate information on educational and economic issues.”
Farmer said the roles and responsibilities of a member of the board of education are three-fold including providing quality education that exceeds state requirements and prepares students for college, providing education consistent with the standards of the community, and handling the fiduciary responsibilities entrusted to the board.
Taylor said if elected, his responsibilities are to his constituents and representing them.  This would include making sure students receive the best education available, allowing the public to approach the board, and ensuring sufficient funds are in the budget to pay for expenses. 
Phelps said that there is more to ensuring a great education, including taking care of teachers, board members acting as facilitators, and board members attending all government council meetings.  “Academics are the first priority of a board member,” she said.

Candidates for the District 2 and District 4 Morgan County School Board positions met for a debate June 12. Voting for the primary election involving Roland Haslam, Ted Taylor and Bruce A. Galbraith for District 2 will take place Tuesday, June 24.

June 1, 2014

While the Morgan County School Board reviews the student activities policy, some board members are considering increasing the grade point average for students involved in sports and other school activities.

While the Morgan County School Board reviews the student activities policy, some board members are considering increasing the grade point average for students involved in sports and other school activities.

March 23, 2014

Like many school districts throughout the state, the Morgan School District is struggling with finding a math textbook option that aligns with common core standards. 

Like many school districts throughout the state, the Morgan School District is struggling with finding a math textbook option that aligns with common core standards. 

March 23, 2014

The Morgan County School Board of Education wants input on how to handle anticipated growth, especially as it relates to expected increases in public school enrollment.  To get that input, the board has formed a growth advisory committee/task force.

The Morgan County School Board of Education wants input on how to handle anticipated growth, especially as it relates to expected increases in public school enrollment.  To get that input, the board has formed a growth advisory committee/task force.

January 25, 2014

The Morgan County School Board is on the search for residents to sit on a finance committee to take a close look at the district’s budget and also advise on money-saving tactics.

The Morgan County School Board is on the search for residents to sit on a finance committee to take a close look at the district’s budget and also advise on money-saving tactics.
Applications will be available in February for the 15- to 20-member advisory committee.

December 28, 2013

Superintendent Doug Jacobs introduced Madison Beardall as the student board member for the 2013-14 school year.  She was selected from a group of five applications.  The selection committee included the school board president, high school principal, and district superintendent.

Superintendent Doug Jacobs introduced Madison Beardall as the student board member for the 2013-14 school year.  She was selected from a group of five applications.  The selection committee included the school board president, high school principal, and district superintendent.

October 19, 2013

A representative from the Utah State School Board says those both in favor of and opposed to the Utah Common Core have the same concerns.

A representative from the Utah State School Board says those both in favor of and opposed to the Utah Common Core have the same concerns.

September 1, 2013

Grappling with a budgetary shortfall of over $300,000, and upcoming health care reform implementation, the Morgan School District has been making cuts that have affected many area bus routes.  The changes affect students, parents, bus drivers and administrators.

Grappling with a budgetary shortfall of over $300,000, and upcoming health care reform implementation, the Morgan School District has been making cuts that have affected many area bus routes.  The changes affect students, parents, bus drivers and administrators.

June 17, 2013

I am a Morgan County resident and taxpayer, a father with children currently in Morgan schools, and a recently-appointed member of the Morgan School Board.  I will vote in favor of the Voted Local Levy as I believe it is the best option for our current situation.  

I am a Morgan County resident and taxpayer, a father with children currently in Morgan schools, and a recently-appointed member of the Morgan School Board.  I will vote in favor of the Voted Local Levy as I believe it is the best option for our current situation.  

June 7, 2013

It was standing room only in the Morgan City offices for a town hall meeting with six resident panelists prepared to offer options to the voted local levy.

It was standing room only in the Morgan City offices for a town hall meeting with six resident panelists prepared to offer options to the voted local levy.

June 3, 2013

Oftentimes in debate the heart of the matter is lost in spurious details.  But occasionally the key issue becomes obviously clear.  Such a moment occurred at the Morgan County School Board meeting last month.  The proposed Voted Local Levy, a new property tax increase to fund the school budget, was the topic of discussion.  

Dear Editor, 

June 3, 2013

It was standing room only in the Morgan City offices for a town hall meeting with six resident panelists prepared to offer options to the voted local levy.
Jim Bledsoe, a four-year county resident who plans to vote against the levy, acted as moderator.  The panelists included the following four residents, who are all planning to vote against the levy: Brent Anderson, local businessman; John Barber, who operated Barber Brothers Ford for 14 years; Kera Birkeland, small business owner; Joe McFarland, father of four children who have gone through Morgan schools.
Panelist Tina Cannon, a tax professional and mother of four, said she is undecided on how she will vote on June 25’s ballot.  Panelist Jennie Earl, a 10-year resident with a master’s degree in elementary education, did not want to comment on if she was pro- or anti-levy.

It was standing room only in the Morgan City offices for a town hall meeting with six resident panelists prepared to offer options to the voted local levy.

May 11, 2013

After researching the facts, talking to community members and maybe even viewing one of the Morgan County School District’s community presentations regarding the voted local levy, you may be wondering how you can keep an eye on tax rates should the levy pass.

After researching the facts, talking to community members and maybe even viewing one of the Morgan County School District’s community presentations regarding the voted local levy, you may be wondering how you can keep an eye on tax rates should the levy pass.

April 20, 2013

Interest was high in the Morgan County School Board seat vacated by Joey Skinner, but Mark Farmer was chosen above four other applicants as the newest school board member.  On Tuesday, he was appointed to serve until the end of 2014.

Interest was high in the Morgan County School Board seat vacated by Joey Skinner, but Mark Farmer was chosen above four other applicants as the newest school board member.  On Tuesday, he was appointed to serve until the end of 2014.

March 25, 2013

Joey Skinner exchanged one public figure hat for another when he was named Morgan Utah’s new stake president and resigned from his position on the Morgan County School District Board of Education all within the same week.

Joey Skinner exchanged one public figure hat for another when he was named Morgan Utah’s new stake president and resigned from his position on the Morgan County School District Board of Education all within the same week.

March 3, 2013

As school district officials make final touches to documents they plan to use when educating the public about the June voted leeway, they have mentioned which programs may suffer if the leeway doesn’t pass.

As school district officials make final touches to documents they plan to use when educating the public about the June voted leeway, they have mentioned which programs may suffer if the leeway doesn’t pass.

December 18, 2012

Morgan County recently bid a fond farewell to a household name, Barber Brothers Ford.  In 1981, the Barber brothers opened their first location in Morgan City.  They started out as High Country Chevrolet Oldsmobile and after several changes, ended up taking on the Ford franchise and moved their building to its current location in 1998.  

Morgan County recently bid a fond farewell to a household name, Barber Brothers Ford.  In 1981, the Barber brothers opened their first location in Morgan City.  They started out as High Country Chevrolet Oldsmobile and after several changes, ended up taking on the Ford franchise and moved their building to its current location in 1998.  

November 24, 2012

The D.A.R.E. program may be poised to make a comeback to the Morgan County School District.

The D.A.R.E. program may be poised to make a comeback to the Morgan County School District.

November 24, 2012

Low participation in past years, along with parent opposition to future administrations of the survey, spelled doom for the Student Health and Risk Prevention survey in the Morgan County School District for 2013.

 
Low participation in past years, along with parent opposition to future administrations of the survey, spelled doom for the Student Health and Risk Prevention survey in the Morgan County School District for 2013.

July 18, 2012

Jody V. Hipwell and Lydia Nuttall will proceed to the November election for the Morgan County School Board District 1.  Hipwell received the most votes at 86, while Nuttall came in with 67.  With 43 votes, Tina Cannon was eliminated after the primary election.

Jody V. Hipwell and Lydia Nuttall will proceed to the November election for the Morgan County School Board District 1.  Hipwell received the most votes at 86, while Nuttall came in with 67.  With 43 votes, Tina Cannon was eliminated after the primary election.

July 11, 2012

Jody V. Hipwell and Lydia Nuttall will proceed to the November election for the Morgan County School Board District 1.  Hipwell received the most votes at 86, while Nuttall came in with 67.  With 43 votes, Tina Cannon was eliminated after the primary election.

Jody V. Hipwell and Lydia Nuttall will proceed to the November election for the Morgan County School Board District 1.  Hipwell received the most votes at 86, while Nuttall came in with 67.  With 43 votes, Tina Cannon was eliminated after the primary election.

July 6, 2012

Two weeks after voting to delay a property tax increase, the Morgan County School Board is reconsidering.  They have set a July 12 date to hold a public meeting, where they may vote to move forward with raising taxes as early as this November in order to build a contingency fund into the district’s budget.

 
Two weeks after voting to delay a property tax increase, the Morgan County School Board is reconsidering.  They have set a July 12 date to hold a public meeting, where they may vote to move forward with raising taxes as early as this November in order to build a contingency fund into the district’s budget.

June 5, 2012

Last week it was announced that our local Morgan AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) was the winner of the national ‘HerbaLife Wellness Challenge’.  This means that one lucky AYSO team gets to pack their bags, shine up their shin-guards, and get ready for the soccer adventure of a lifetime in Honolulu, HI for seven days and six nights.

Last week it was announced that our local Morgan AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) was the winner of the national ‘HerbaLife Wellness Challenge’.  This means that one lucky AYSO team gets to pack their bags, shine up their shin-guards, and get ready for the soccer adventure of a lifetime in Honolulu, HI for seven days and six nights.

April 28, 2012

 

The dedication of a bus garage is not normally an occasion where there is great emotion expressed, but the dedication of the Morgan School District’s new transportation facility was certainly an exception.  School Board member Neil Carrigan spoke of his experiences as a young man working with his father on the district’s busses. His eyes misted a few times as he reminisced about time spent with his father in the old transportation facility. “It was a wooden building ... in that building there was a rest room.  It was a small rest room.  It was so small it could only hold one roll of toilet paper, if you had two you were crowded.”  He related the early work by his father to acquire the tools necessary to maintain the busses.  He continued, “You could put three busses in the garage if you did it right.  You could put one on the left hand side as far as you could get and then you took the other one and drove it up about three quarters of the way and then you could drive the third bus up behind the bus on the left... you had to do it just right or your couldn’t get them in. “  He spoke of his experience of measuring the gas remaining in the tank on the site.  “When I was a kid that was the funnest job I had.  I used to go out and measure how much gas was in there.  You drop a big thing down there and go tell dad that you had 500 or 100 gallons in there.” 

November 19, 2011

Serving on the School Board is a privilege and an honor.  I believe it would be beneficial to share a few things about School Board governance that may affect the way the community interacts with the Board and the Administration.

 

Serving on the School Board is a privilege and an honor.  I believe it would be beneficial to share a few things about School Board governance that may affect the way the community interacts with the Board and the Administration.

Board and Administration

September 15, 2011

 

Savanna Bryant is the new Student School Board Member for the 2011-2012 school year. She is the daughter of Kurt and Angi Bryant and is a Senior at Morgan High School.

 

She is a member of the National Honor Society and has a 4.0 GPA.  Savanna is involved with

FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and the Service Club.  

 

Savanna has competed in state math competitions, and participates in track.  She also received her CNA as a junior. 

 

Congratulations 

Savanna!

 

August 15, 2011

Morgan County has a new member of the school board, Jodi Hipwell.  Hipwell is a native of Ogden.  After her marriage to her husband, Carl, they spent seventeen years in the Southeast United States in Arkansas and South and North Carolina.  Hipwell, who has four children, volunteered in schools in each community where  they lived.  “I have seen some of the best schools in the country and I have seen some of the worst schools in the country,” says Hipwell.  She continues, “That gives me a little bit of insight into different types of school systems.”  Her two youngest children both attend Morgan High School presently.

 

July 19, 2011

K. Earl Ericksen, 87, passed away, July 12, 2011 at McKay-Dee Hospital.  Ericksen served on the Morgan County School Board for more than twenty years.  He was still serving and lending his insight and vast experience on the school board at the time of his death.  

 

September 25, 2010

It’s been a few weeks since the Morgan County Fair and the fair board has had some time to decompress and get reacquainted with their families.  With all the work that goes into delivering the fair you would think that they would take time off to rest and relax, but the fair board is already in the thick of planning for next year.

It’s been a few weeks since the Morgan County Fair and the fair board has had some time to decompress and get reacquainted with their families.  With all the work that goes into delivering the fair you would think that they would take time off to rest and relax, but the fair board is already in the thick of planning for next year.

September 19, 2010

 Council Members Attending: Donald Mathews, Rodney Haslam, Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday

 Council Members Attending: Donald Mathews, Rodney Haslam, Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday
County Council Business
Member Lundgren has a CD and Environmental Impact Statement on the APEX project (the Kern River Pipeline).  He also has a copy of the rezone request from Snow Basin that was submitted to Weber County.