Garfield County School District recently adopted the FY 14 Budget. During this process, it became clear of the importance of the State Legislatures allocating funds for public education. All districts in the State of Utah received a 2% increase in the Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU), which accounts for an increase of about $132,802 in multiple line items in the Garfield School District Budget. Garfield School District has eight schools that qualify as Necessary Existing Small Schools (NESS). Thanks to the Legislatures efforts, the District received an increase of approximately $340,000 in NESS funding. As a result, the District was able to offer the following new classes to students. These classes were previously not offered, but because of the increase in NESS funding students had more class options than ever before.
Panguitch High School: Bryce Valley High School: Escalante High School:
Study Skills LA12 Physics
Math Study Skills Study Skills Chemistry
Music/Choir Intro to Health Science Spanish
History 1700 Math 1050 Physics
Drama Keyboarding Pre-Calculus
Drafting Leadership Principals Study Skills
Wood Working Business Economics Desktop Publishing
Math 1050 Pre Calculus History 1700
Painting/Art Spanish 1
Child Development History 1700
Medical Terminology Physics
Digital Media Chemistry
Plant and Soil Science Voc Ag
Teen Living Bio Ag
With the increase in NESS funding for the 2013-2014 school year, the Garfield School District will hire one additional science teacher and one additional elementary Teacher. The District will also cover the cost of increases in Insurance and Utah Retirement System.
I would personally like thank several key legislators for helping rural Districts like Garfield provide additional educational opportunities to students.
Senator Ralph Okerlund, Senator Evan Vickers, Senator Hinkins, Senator Urquhart, Representative Kay McKiff, Representative Brad Last, Representative John Westwood, Representative Mike Noel, Representative Don Ipson, Representative Merril Nelson, Representative Lowery Snow, and Representative Jon Stanard.
On the National Level, I would personally like to thank US Senator Orrin Hatch for all of his work in securing Secure Rural School (SRS) Federal funding in FY 13. U.S. Congressman Rob Bishop has also been instrumental in helping with Federal Land management issues in an attempt to secure revenue for SRS funding.
–Superintendent Ben Dalton