Thursday, December 1, 2016

2016 Elections

I am running for the Alpine School District Board in District 4.   I care a lot about education in the district and want to make a difference for our children.

  1. Small Class Size: I have 9 children, 2 of which are currently attending school in Alpine School District.  I recognize the importance of small classes, particularly in early grades.
  2. Advanced Learning: Several of my children have participated in Advanced Learning Laboratory (ALL) classes and have had terrific teachers that inspired them to learn.  It is important to fund programs for advanced students as well as those who need supplementary instruction.  
  3. Efficient Math: Mathematics education should be engaging and rigorous.  My 6th grader reminds me that students need to be fluent in math facts if they are going to be successful in algebra and geometry.  I am a strong advocate of encouraging children to pursue careers in math, science and engineering.
  4. Parental Involvement: While serving on a High School community council, I realized the impact that parents can have as they participate in PTA, community councils and volunteer in our schools.  I will provide increased opportunities for parents to participate in their children's education.  My 9th grader reminds me that a big part of an education is learning to get along with other people.  I am a strong supporter of sports, clubs and other cultural aspects of the educational system.
  5. Experience: I have 7 children who have graduated from Alpine District and pursued university studies.  As I see their experiences I am more committed to helping all students to be college ready when they graduate from high school.  My background as a professor of Computer Science at BYU has given me insights into what students need to learn in K-12 to be college ready.  My experience on the school board has given me the opportunity to understand the issues that need to be addressed.
  6. Fiscal Responsibility: Raising a large family has taught me the value of being careful with finances.  I am an advocate for smaller government and reduced taxes and I think that this applies to our public schools as well as the federal government.  As I have looked at the budget for Alpine School District, I have been impressed with the stewardship our administrators feel in being fiscally responsible and in delivering the best education for our tax dollars.  I will work to increase the quality of our education while keeping costs to a minimum.
I appreciate your support and would like to hear your views on issues associated with Alpine school district.  Please email me, or contact me at 801-310-0967.

I look forward to working with you to help our students become their best through quality public education.

Dr. Mark Clement

Friday, September 16, 2016

I support sports and arts programs as an important part of an education.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

This video provides an overview of the bond. I see no other way to deal with the growth we are having in the district.

Monday, September 12, 2016

I am disappointed that the State School Board decided to address the teacher shortage by reducing the standards for teachers. This shortage has been predicted since at least 2006 and the real solution is to provide increased support to attract high quality teachers.…/op-ed-all-viable-solutions-to-teach…
I cant take credit for any of these puns. Most of them were provided by my talented and witty family.

Friday, September 9, 2016

As I look to the future, I see an increasing demand for graduates with technology skills.

We need a school board member who will support our students in preparing for these high paying jobs.

My background as a Computer Science Professor and father of 9 Alpine School District students has prepared me to make a difference serving you.

A vote for Mark Clement is a vote for the future.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Local School Board Limitations

Some people have asked about what local school boards could change in terms of the core curriculum and SAGE testing.
This clarification from State Board of Education indicates that neither of these items can be modified by local school boards or charter schools. If you are concerned about changing these issues, then you should be selecting state school board members who share your views.
The Utah Core Standards ( are under the governance of the Utah State Board of Education. Utah law does not permit local boards – district or charter – to opt out of state academic standards. The Utah State Board of Education did adopt the Common Core standards back in 2010. Common Core is limited to math and English language arts standards. Those standards have been revised since 2010 and are part of an ongoing process to evaluate their effectiveness and relevance. You can see the revision schedule here: You may want to also note the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA,, passed earlier this year by Congress, prohibits the federal government from determining or approve state academic standards (you’ll find it on page 436 of the ESSA link above).
State law (…, section 3 specifically) requires the State Board to require computer-adaptive testing of all local districts and charter schools. That same rule – in section 9 – allows a district or charter to waive SAGE testing in grade 11. Though it’s not written into state law, the intent behind that waiver deals with all Utah public school students being given the ACT college entrance exam. If they’re taking the ACT, SAGE may be redundant and there is evidence this would be acceptable under the federal ESSA rules as well. Utah is not the only state moving in this direction.