School improvement is the responsibility of everyone, from students and parents to professionals and public officials. School community councils are one way we can work together to make schools more successful. A council is an advisory body. All of its actions and plans are overseen by the local school board. Charter Trust Land Council members are volunteers who care about the success of students and overall school improvement. By working on the council or committee, parents ensure the representation of various viewpoints and values from within the school community. Parents make up the majority of school community council members and trust land committees, and are often the driving force. A parent serves as chair and co-chair. It is important that parents on the council understand the responsibilities of the council, and are able to collaborate well with the other members of the council to bring about meaningful school improvement for all the children at the school.
2018-2019 Charter Trust Land Council Members:
- Alison Harney: Chair
- Lindsay Foster
- Ryan Taylor
- Erin Merryweather
- Bethany Mumford
- Morgan Murdock
School Land Trust Fund Information
View the Trust Land’s Funding for Soldier Hollow Charter School For the last few years the focus of land trust funds has been to improve the technology, support curriculum needs, provide instructional aide support and enhance our schools environmental education and place based learning mission. Funds for the 2017-2018 school year were used in support of that continued goal. Parents can directly influence the spending of Trust Lands funds by serving on the community council, providing suggestions to the community council members, or attending a community council meeting.
Community Council Rules of Order and Information
The Soldier Hollow Charter School Charter Trust Land Council was formed in March 2013 by a call for volunteers. Nominations and elections for community council will be held each year in the spring. If there are not enough candidates, an election will not be held. Community council members serve for 2 years. To ensure continuity while limiting the length of service, 3 of the the parent member positions (including chair and co-chair) will be up for election each year. The community council follows the suggested rules of order from the Utah State School Land Trust web site. If you are interested in becoming part of the community council in the future, please contact one of the community council members or check back here for nomination or volunteer filing information.
Charter Trust Land Council at SHCS oversees the following committees. If you are interested in serving on any of them, please contact the community council chair.
Fundraising/Grant Writing Committee: has a dual purpose:
1. Work together to find/coordinate the fundraising opportunities. Please note that you don’t have to do all the fundraising but you should be aware of all the fundraising efforts that are happening so that our families do not feel overwhelmed by them.
2. Find grants that are available for our school to apply for that meet our charter and goals. Assistance in writing these grants is greatly appreciated, but the most important task is finding grants that SHCS will qualify for funding.
Technology Committee‘s purpose is to create a 1, 3, and 5 year technology plan for the school so that we can have a unified view for how technology will be used at the school. The plans should consider the best way to spend available technology grant funds while keeping within the charter of the school.
Safety Committee is to implement the safety policies and training that were created over the last school year. As needed or at the direction of the Board, the safety committee will also review safety policies.
Volunteer Committee will coordinate and publicize volunteer opportunities and report to SHCS parents on their hours so they know where they stand.
School Improvement Plan Committee is to identify goals and create the school improvement plan, for board approval, for our school.
Art Committee works with the art specialist to provide quality art instruction, organize fundraisers and school-wide art contests, and helps to plan the annual Art Festival activities.
Green Council/Social Committee works with the student green council to support the environmental focus of the school charter and organizes social activities to enhance the feeling of community and foster the development of rewarding relationships between parents, teachers, and staff at Soldier Hollow.