College Access Week, School Board
School Boards Make Big Decisions

School Boards Make Big Decisions

State and local school board members make critical decision regarding the direction of education in our state. There are 15 state school board districts that each represent over 150,000 people. Currently, board members are elected through a non-partisan, direct election.

Make your vote count in School Board elections!

  1. Find your district number. Districts up for election are: 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 15.
  2. See who represents you.
  3. Learn more about your candidate.
  4. Attend a School Board Debate.

The State School Board VS. the Local School Board

The State Board of Education maintains general control and supervision of Utah’s Public Education System and Local School Boards are responsible for implementing state rules and providing general oversight of schools in their respective districts. Some of their duties include:

State School Board Responsibilities

  • Adopt administrative rules for the whole system
  • Appoint the state superintendent of public instruction
  • Establish minimum standards for public schools
  • Determine the rules that establish basic ethical conduct standards for licensed public education employees
  • Define and establish a core curriculum
  • Annually prepare and submit to the Governor and Legislature a budget for the operation of the institutions and agencies under the Board
  • Set and approve auditing standards
  • Verify audits for purposes of allocating funds
  • Fulfill statutory responsbilities

Local School Board Responsibilities

  • Implement the core curriculum
  • Use instructional materials that best relate to the core curriculum and graduation requirements
  • Provides exams required by the State Board of Education, which measure the progress of each student, and coordinate with the state superintendent and State Board of Education to assess results and create plans to improve the student's progress
  • Develop early warning systems for students failing to make progress
  • Implement training programs for school administrators
  • Local school boards shall spend minimum school program funds for programs and activities for which the state board of education has established minimum standards or rules