Resume of Erin Preston for Salt Lake County Recorder
Lear & Lear Law Offices, Attorney
§ Specialize in employment, Federal and State compliance and construction issues.
§ Represent LEA’s in employment disputes including HR policy and process and specific disputed issues.
§ Advise LEA’s on current legislation and emerging legal issues related to all areas of operations, focusing specifically on procurement code, school construction, student data, discipline and Special Education compliance.
§ Represent students and their families in Special Education related disputes
Providence Hall Charter School, Superintendent
Jan. 2011 – Aug. 2014
§ Coordinate and oversee management and implementation of the State Charter at Providence Hall Charter School. Providence is a K-12 International Baccaulareate authorized charter school serving 2150 students in a 3-campus school made up of Providence Hall Elementary, Junior High and High School.
§ Supervise all aspects necessary for successful vision including: budget, enrollment, academic framework development, hiring of staff, oversight and hiring of administration, HR matters, legal issues, parent and community public relations, fund-raising, coordination of communications and reporting with other public entities including Utah State Office of Education & State Charter Board
§ Manage a staff of over 200 full and part-time employees
§ Oversee an annual budget of over $18 million
§ Developed and maintained relationships with Legislative, Community, International Baccalaureate and USOE contacts on behalf of Providence Hall
§ Active in lobbying for legislation relevant to our school as well as broader charter and Utah educational interests
§ Coordinate and oversee the public and private bond financing of 3 separate construction projects--the largest being the first state-backed public finance of a pre-construction charter school in the state of Utah
§ Providence Hall named Utah Charter School of the Year - UAPCS 2012
§ Personally nominated for Utah Administrator of the Year - UAPCS 2013
§ Awarded Title 1 High Performing School Award 2009-2013
§ Awarded State Finance Award 2009-2012
Independent Consultant, Charter School Building Officer
2007 – 2011
§ Created and developed a small business assisting charter schools with the construction of their facilities.
§ As the school’s representative, coordinated and monitored all aspects of facility financing, design, zoning approval, construction & completion of 11 different school projects
§ Advise new schools and start-ups on school organization and set-up of business matters
§ Organize finances and budgets for schools related to construction and bonding costs
§ Taught Procurement Code Compliance, Construction Process and Construction Finance trainings for new and existing schools on behalf of the Utah State Office of Education
§ Successfully completed construction of 9 schools in 4 years. All schools opened successfully, on-time and on-budget:
o Providence Hall Elementary (700 K-6 Students)
o Excelsior Academy (648 K-8 students).
o Spectrum Academy High School (450 students 6-10)
o Quail Run Charter School (650 K-8 students)
o Channing Hall Expansion Project (4 classroom/2 office addition to existing facility)
o Maeser Preparatory Jr. High Temporary Facility re-model (350 7-9th grade students)
o Maeser Preparatory Academy Permanent High School (650 7-12th grade students)
o Providence Hall Jr. High (750 6-9th grade students – completed as PH staff)
o Providence Hall Elementary Expansion (addition to PH Elementary)
Lexis-Nexis, Regional Manager, Northwest Territory
2000 - 2006
§ Hired, managed and led a team of 12-20 law firm and law school reps across a 6-state territory
§ Managed a $6-8M region serving the largest 150 law firms and 12 law schools in the Northwest, including the top 20 Utah law firms
§ Personally negotiated over 100 contracts between Lexis and Law firms, ranging in value from $25,000 to $5 Million.
U.S Securities and Exchange Commission, S.E.C. Enforcement Attorney
1996 – 1999
§ Investigated and prosecuted stock fraud in the state of Utah
Non-Profit and Volunteer Experience
Legislative Policy Committee Co-chair - Utah Association of Public Charter Schools, Salt Lake City, UT
2013 - Current
§ Helped craft and lobby for legislation relevant to public education.
§ Helped to successfully lobby for the passage of bills relevant to charter schools and International Baccalaureate programs in Utah (public and charter education programs).
§ Organized other heads of schools in lobbying and legislative efforts.
Board Member -Trust Lands Legislative Task Force
2013 - Current
· Charter school representative on State Legislative task force designed to analyze and make recommendations to Legislature on how to increase minority involvement in educational oversight
Board of Trustees - Canyon Grove Academy, Pleasant Grove, UT
2013 - Current
· At the request of the Quail Run Board, stepped in to help organize turn-around of failing school. In coordination with others, our work has resulted in the school’s successful financial and academic turn-around.
Board of Trustees/Board Chair - Providence Hall Charter School, Herriman, UT
July 2007 – Jan. 2011
§ Board of Trustees – Founding member--Served on board from 2007 through 2011.
§ Board Chair from 2008-2011.
§ Providence Hall Building Officer – Oversaw all aspects of school construction
§ Human Resources Chair – Led the recruiting search and hiring process for Administration and Faculty
§ Head of Committee to secure financing for school purchase
§ Finance Committee Member – Helped establish and manage the budget as part of Board.
Board Member - Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, Salt Lake City, UT
§ Assist in the fundraising and finance distribution decisions for this 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to assisting abused and neglected children through the legal system and increasing conviction rate for child-related crimes.
BYU Law School Alumni Board
§ Planned and executed the CLE Ethics Seminar for BYU Law School
(2007 Seminar: The Ethical Pitfalls of Serving on and Representing Corporate Boards).
J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
Juris Doctorate, April 1996
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1992
§ Student Body Vice-President 1995-1996
§ Student Paper of the Year 1995: Miscegenation and the 14th Amendment
§ Distinguished Service Award 1996
§ Academic emphasis on Business and Corporate Law
Harvard Graduate School of Education
§ Best Practices for High Performing Schools Seminar
International Baccalaureate Organization
§ Diploma Program – Heads of Schools training/certification
§ Middle Years Program – Heads of School training/certification
§ Primary Years Program – Heads of School training/certification
Utah Institute on Special Education Law
· Recent Hot Topics in Special Education Law - Julie Weatherly
· Specific Learning Disabilities Using RTI – Jim Walsh
· The New Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) in Online Programs – Jim Walsh
COSA – Mental Health Services and FAPE
· Understanding the Public School Responsibility