Land Trust

The School LAND (Learning And Nurturing Development) Trust program brings tens of millions of dollars annually to academic programs in public schools across Utah. 

The funds are generated from federally owned school trust lands that include national parks, wildlife reserve areas, mining/farming areas as well as many other lands throughout Utah. 

Funds from these lands are invested and the revenue is distributed to public schools throughout Utah. Often, these funds are the only discretionary funds that schools receive.

Each public school in Utah elects a school community council – Charter schools have Charter Trust Land Councils. A Charter Trust Land Council has been established for each campus (Kearns and Magna) that will make decisions about the federal School LAND Trust funds. The council is an advisory board and all of its actions and plans are overseen by the Entheos Board of Directors. Charter Trust Land Council members are volunteers who care about the success of students and overall school improvement. 

A parent serves as the chair of the Charter Trust Land Council and the council is comprised of at least a two-parent majority of parents with children from the applicable school. Notices are sent out regarding the formation of the council and we invite all parents to participate on the committee or attend our meetings. If you are interested in participating on the Land Trust Council, please reach out to [email protected]. If more parents are interested than the number of open positions an election is held and parents within the school community will vote to determine who will represent them on the School LAND Trust Council.

The council identifies the school’s greatest academic needs and recommends an action plan for using the funds. The plan decided upon by the Charter Trust LAND Council is reviewed and approved by the charter governing board during a public board meeting. The plan is then submitted to the state for final approval. 

The School LAND Trust Committee meetings are open to the public. See the schedule below. Each council has adopted the LAND Trust Council Rules of Order & Procedure. For more information about the School LAND Trust Program visit their website.

For the 2023-24 school year, Entheos Kearns received $82,615.07 and Entheos Magna received $70,172.17  from Land Trust funds. To read the current Entheos Land Trust plans, and the final reports from past years (consistent with Section 53G-7-1206), you may access them here: Land Trust Public Reports. 

 If you would like to contact our Land Trust Council members directly, please find their information below.

Charter Trust LAND Council Members

Mayra TepoxChair | Parent[email protected] 
Jessie ZufeltSecretary |Employee |Parent
[email protected]
Kevin JowersParent[email protected]
Stephanie CareyParent[email protected] 
Xiomara AndradeParent[email protected] 
LeAnne JimenezEmployee[email protected]
Jason Bennion
School Director[email protected]
Steve Hanson
Chair | Parent
[email protected]
Melissa Judd
Vice Chair | Parent
[email protected]
Evette MendisabalSecretary | Assistant Director
[email protected]
Jennifer LarsenParent
[email protected] 
Sarah CookParent[email protected] 
Willie KofeParent
[email protected] 
Denise MathewsSchool Director[email protected]

LAND Trust Meetings

Charter Trust LAND Council Rules of Order and Procedures

In past school years the Entheos governing board served as the Charter Trust LAND Council. This was allowable because the makeup of the board included a two-parent member majority. For the 2018-2019 school year and beyond, the governing board established a process for an election of a Charter Trust LAND Council that will have a two-parent member majority of children currently attending the school. The chair will be a parent member.

Nomination and elections for the council will be held each year in the fall. If there are not enough candidates, an election will not be held. Council members serve for 2 years. The Charter Trust LAND Council follows the Roberts Rules of Order which can be found here. If you are interested in becoming a part of the Charter Trust LAND Council in the future, please reach out to [email protected].

The School Plan was publicized to the community in the following ways: 

  • Via the School Website
  • Made available to parents in the School’s Front Office

Entheos Academy looks forward to continuing our partnership with the Utah School LAND Trust and is extremely grateful for the funds that have enabled us to further the goals and objectives outlined in our annual School LAND Trust plans. 

Read Utah’s administrative code governing School Community Councils and Charter Trust LAND Councils here.