The District recently compiled the total number of students, teachers, administrators and other employment positions over the past seven years. The numbers in the student column represent the number of students enrolled in the District on October 1st of each year. The numbers reported under the teacher, administrators and other category represent Full Time Equivalent or FTE. The Utah State Office of Education (USOE) calculates pupil-teacher ratios by dividing the total number of students enrolled in the school on October 1st by the number of teacher full time equivalents (FTE) assigned to the district. From the graph below you will notice a continual decline in student enrollment from 2002 through 2009 dropping from 1049 students in 2002, to 911 students in 2009. The District receives compensation from the USOE for each student enrolled on October 1st each year. In the 2012-2013 school year, the District had 948 students enrolled in school, which is very comparable to 2006 with 940 students. If you compare just these two years you will notice the District currently has ten less teachers, two less administrators and twelve less employees in the “other employment body” for a total of 24 less full-time employees working for the District in 2012 than we had in 2006 with similar numbers of students. I understand this can be viewed as both positive and negative depending on how you look at the numbers. On the positive side, the District is more efficient with the tax revenues, which is good news for the common taxpayer. On the negative side we have less teachers and support staff in the buildings to help with the educational process. Everyone in the District has increased the amount of work because of the decrease in staffing. Even with the decrease, Garfield School District is ranked in the top five districts in the State of Utah with the lowest student to teacher ratio. The average class size in the State of Utah is 22 students to every one teacher. In Garfield School District, the average class size is 16 students to every one teacher. Please know some classes are larger than 16 students while others are smaller. Smaller class sizes typically result in better test scores because teachers have more time to spend with each individual student.
Other Employment Body
The teachers are classroom teachers only. The administration count includes Superintendent, Principals, Directors of Programs, School and District Office Secretaries, Guidance Counselors. Other staff includes Child Nutrition workers, Custodians, Para Professionals, Bus Drivers, and School Nurse.
–Superintendent Ben Dalton