Financial Commitment to Instruction: Our Board of Education has prioritized salary increases for our staff, and in the 2016-2017 school year we increased gross salaries by 6.4 percent compared to the 2015-2016 school year. Because education is a people-intensive process, 84.77 percent of the general fund expenditures for the 2015-2016 school year went toward salaries and benefits. The remaining funds pay for utilities, supplies, books, and other basic costs. Our school board will continue to look at increasing employee compensation in future years, and has a board goal specifically addressing that need.
Charts: The adjacent charts illustrate where tax dollars are spent in the district. The M&O Expenditure Functions chart shows that 65.82 percent of the expenditures are channeled directly to instruction of students. The Instruction vs. District Administration chart compares instructional expenditures within the school district to district administrative expenditures (including central office accounting and human resource services), which have been held to only 2.25 percent of the total expenditures of the 2016-2017 school year.
The school district will continue to strive and meet the needs of students and patrons while assuring the efficient use of taxpayer funds to maintain Tooele County School District’s financial integrity. Remember that after all is said and done we strive to do what is best for the children within the district.
Student Enrollment Growth History: The district has continued to grow due to the increasing student population. In comparing data from one date to another, the district’s enrollment increased 344 students from the 13,988 on Oct. 1, 2015 to 14,332 students on Oct. 1, 2016. This represents a 2.46 percent increase in the number of students from one year to the next. It is projected that the district will continue to have growth in student population as the county population increases. The district currently has 25 schools in operation (15 Elementary; 3 Junior High; 4 High School; 1 K-12 School in Dugway; 1 Alternative High School and Community Learning Center; and 1 dedicated Preschool) which are in the seven communities throughout the County. Old Mill Elementary School opened in August of 2017, and our newest school, Sterling Elementary, opened in January 2018. Our Board of Education continues to monitor student growth to analyze future building projects.
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