Anti-bullying and suicide prevention training to be held for school support staff Friday at Tooele High School       
Training marks launch of “Bully Free – It Starts with Me” campaign

Tooele, UT – Tomorrow, the Tooele Education Support Professionals Association (TESPA) in partnership with the Tooele County School District (TCSD) and the Utah School Employees Association (USEA) will come together to provide in-depth training for school support staff on bullying and suicide prevention. The training marks the launch of an anti-bullying campaign in the district.

“Education support professionals, such as bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and paraeducators, are often present where bullying occurs, so they need concrete strategies to use during an incident,” said TESPA President Mike Garcia. “This training will help support staff understand what bullying is, what bullying is not, and what to do about bullying when they see it.”

Time:  8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Note: Media are invited to attend general session presentations and panel participants will be available to speak with the media at the conclusion of the first general session.

Date:  Friday, October 31, 2014

Place:  Tooele High School, 301 West Vine Street, Tooele, UT

The training will include instruction on how to identify bullying, when to intervene in a bullying incident, how to advocate for bullied students, and how to work together with the community for student well being. School support staff will hear a presentation by Dr. Gregory A. Hudnall, founder of HOPE4UTAH, a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to suicide prevention, intervention and support for bereaved family members. Mary Kay Kirkland, a board member with the Utah Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, will present on the Whole Child approach and the vital roles that support staff play in ensuring that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. The event will also include a panel discussion featuring State Senator Daniel W. Thatcher, USEA President Jerad Reay, USEA Executive Director Bryan Sprague, TCSD Board President Maresa Manzione and TESPA President Mike Garcia.

Bullying occurs once every seven minutes. According to a National Education Association study, students are bullied due to their weight (23%), gender (20%), perceived sexual orientation (18%), and disability (12%).

“Every Utahn knows and loves someone who has been affected whether they know it or not. Most choose to suffer in silence because these are uncomfortable issues and many people want to look away and ignore the problem. I am honored to support USEA and TESPA in their fight to bring these issues to light, and to save our children,” said Utah State Senator, Daniel W. Thatcher.


Negotiated Agreement

Please look at the “Links” section for a copy of the negotiated agreement for this year.
Or click here.

Some of the highlights were:

  • 2% increase on each step
  • Adjust lane for Finance Secretaries at GHS,THS, & SHS from Lane 4 to Lane 6
  • A commitment to no lost hours for support staff regarding Senate Bill 103
  • Continued study of job disparity and work to continue fixing it.

Elections Ballot

I hope everyone is having a great summer. By now you all should have received your ballots for elections this upcoming year. Please remember to fill it out and send it in. If you have any questions or need help, please let me know at:

Thank you for all you do at your schools. Enjoy the rest of your summer and be on the look out for the results of the elections.


Thank you to everyone who was in attendance at our Mass Meeting held tonight. For those unable to attend, the negotiated agreement was ratified and we will be putting up more information the site soon. We will also be getting the ballots ready for voting for positions on our executive board. Keep an eye out for more information to be posted shortly.

FInally, a BIG thank you to all those who have served this past year on our executive board and as our building reps.

IMPORTANT Mass Meeting

Good news! We have finished up negotiations for the year and now we need you to come to the mass meeting to ratify the agreement. 
This is also the time for nominations for the executive board positions. 
If you or anyone are interested in running please be sure that your name is up to be voting on.
The mass meeting will be at Tooele Junior High in the lunch room at 5:00 PM on Tuesday May 27th.

If you have any questions, please contact your building rep or anyone one in the presidency. Thanks for all you hard work this year with the great students in the Tooele County School District.