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Davis School Board looks to fill seat after Hefley resigns

The Davis School Board met Monday night minus a board member. Blue Hefley resigned earlier this month and the School Board is accepting applications for anyone interested in filling the seat.
Davis Public Schools Superintendent Mark Moring said that the School Board has 60 days to fill the vacated seat. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 7, 2021, and he expects board members to choose a someone at the Dec. 13, 2021, School Board meeting.
This vacancy is in addition to School Board seat #2, currently held by Dr. Ryan Oden. Dr. Oden will be at the end of his term on the School Board and interested individuals may file to run as a candidate for this seat at the Murray County Election Board between the hours of 8 a.m. and the close of business each day on Monday, Dec. 6 through Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021.
Moring said that Lance Whaley was hired as the Project Aware Community Manager. This job was made possible due to a $1 million grant to cover five years worth of mental health services for students and staff at Davis Public Schools. “The purpose of the AWARE grant is to build or expand the capacity of State Educational Agencies in partnering with State Mental Health Agencies to increase awareness of mental health issues among students and provide training to school personnel and other adults who interact with students to detect and respond to mental health issues and connect students who may have behavioral health issues, serious emotional disturbance or serious mental illness and their families to needed services,” Moring said.
The Estimate of Needs was approved, again. Moring said that money needed to be reallocated because of the budget shortfall due to the school not receiving Wind Farm payments. The 2022 School Board meeting calendar was approved with all meetings at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of each month with the exception of February, where it will be on the second Tuesday.
The new transfer rule for goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2022, and Moring said the School Board didn’t approve that rule because they still have questions for the State School Board. Board members accepted policy changes on an updated law went into effect on Nov. 1 that bumped the need for bids on projects at $100,000 from it’s previous limit of $50,000.
Another change for school boards was approved by board members Monday. In the event that 3 school board members can not serve on the School Board (at the same time, for whatever reason,) the Governor will appoint a board member in their place.

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