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July 2019

Norma Tate Elected to 7 year term on Utrust Board


 July 22, 2019

 Norma Tate Re-Elected to Utrust Board of Trustees

Gallatin, Tenn- Norma Tate has been re-elected to serve a new 7-year term on the Board of Trustees for Utrust, a statewide organization that helps local school boards with unemployment issues including employee recognition, development and appreciation and sponsors the Utrust Appreciation Program. Utrust also annually makes mini grants available to improve teaching and learning in member school districts.

Tate will be one of seven trustees governing the statewide program.  She along with Roger Greene of Hamblen County are the two school board members representing East Tennessee on the Utrust board.  David Jones of Hancock County is an at-large member of the board and serves as its chairman.

Tate has been a member of the Grainger County Board of Education since 1998. She was recently selected by the GFWC Rutledge Woman’s Club as the Woman of the Year for her outstanding service to her community.  She has also served on the CTSO Advisory Board, Athletic Booster Club and was PTO President for 8 years.

She has served on the Utrust Board since 2010.  During her time as a trustee, she has been instrumental in establishing a mini-grant program through which Utrust has provided more than $4.6 million to 51 school systems in Tennessee to fund small teaching and learning projects.  She has been a strong advocate for the Utrust Appreciation Program which seeks to help students recognize and express appreciation to those people who make their lives better each day.

Utrust Administrator, Dr. Dan Tollett said, “We are pleased to have Norma continuing to serve on the Utrust Board of Trustees. Her experience on the local school board and as a parent and community leader have been helpful to our board.  She has been a strong and thoughtful member of both the Grainger County Board and Utrust Board of Trustees.  Norma is a champion for children and a strong advocate for school staff.  She understands the importance of students expressing gratitude and is passionate about ensuring it happens in the public schools.”

Established in 1980, Utrust has saved school districts and their local taxpayers across Tennessee millions of dollars in unemployment compensation costs.  The Utrust Appreciation Program has produced improved employee morale in schools across the state while developing student leadership skills and showcasing the talents of students.

For more information, call (866) 910-5278, or visit www.utrust.org.