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H.B. 149






Sponsor: Jeff Alexander

             6      This act modifies the State System of Public Education Code by allowing a local board of
             7      education to hire a superintendent with outstanding professional qualifications who does
             8      not hold an administrative/supervisory license.
             9      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             10      AMENDS:
             11          53A-3-301, as last amended by Chapter 331, Laws of Utah 2000
             12      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             13          Section 1. Section 53A-3-301 is amended to read:
             14           53A-3-301. Superintendent of schools -- Appointment -- Qualifications -- Term --
             15      Compensation.
             16          (1) A local school board shall appoint a district superintendent of schools who serves
             17      as the board's chief executive officer.
             18          (2) (a) The board shall appoint the superintendent on the basis of outstanding
             19      professional qualifications.
             20          (b) The superintendent's term of office is for two years and until a successor is
             21      appointed and qualified.
             22          (3) If it becomes necessary to appoint an interim superintendent due to a vacancy in the
             23      office of superintendent, then the board shall make an appointment during a public meeting for
             24      an indefinite term not to exceed one year, which term shall end upon the appointment and
             25      qualification of a new superintendent.
             26          (4) (a) The superintendent shall hold an administrative/supervisory license issued by
             27      the State Board of Education, except as otherwise provided in Subsection (4)(b).

             28          (b) A local board of education may request, and the State Board of Education shall
             29      grant, a letter of authorization permitting a person with outstanding professional qualifications
             30      to serve as superintendent without holding an administrative/supervisory license [if the district
             31      has a student population of at least 15,000].
             32          (5) The board shall set the superintendent's compensation for services.
             33          (6) The superintendent qualifies for office by taking the constitutional oath of office.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-30-03 3:14 PM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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