Beginning with the 1992 elections, nominating committees in the Utah State School Board's nine districts will select candidates for the board, if a legislative committee's recommendations are accepted.
The educational governance committee decided Tuesday that a screening process at the district level would enhance the quality of the board and give the governor more input into educational governance. The proposal is one of several the committee will present to the 1991 Legislature for consideration.The plan proposes seven-member nominating committees, with representation from local school boards, administrators, teachers and parents as well as three at-large members selected by the governor.
The committees would nominate candidates as the school board seat in the district came up for election. The governor then would select at least two names to be placed on the ballot for a public vote. Individuals who wanted to run, but who were not nominated, also would be able to put their names on the ballot.
At present, all state school board members are self-selected, with no screening process at the district level. The plan proposed by the governance committee would not require a change in the Utah Constitution, which mandates an elected state board.
Some governance committee members were concerned with the logistics of meeting the proposed nominating committee requirements because the school board districts do not correlate with any other governmental or educational boundaries.
Making one of the governor's appointees to the selection committee chairman of the group and responsible for organizing the screening process would resolve that problem, the legislative committee concluded.