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Mission, Vision, Values/Commitments   posted on Nov 14, 2016
School Year Calendar   posted on Sep 20, 2016
Helping Our Children Do Well In School   posted on Aug 29, 2016
WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!   posted on Aug 16, 2016
Volunteers Make A Real Difference!   posted on Jun 30, 2016
We Appreciate Our Teachers!   posted on Apr 28, 2016
It is SAGE Time Again!   posted on Apr 01, 2016
What Motivates Students Today?   posted on Mar 11, 2016
Gifts to Give our Children   posted on Dec 09, 2015
Attitude of Graditude   posted on Nov 13, 2015
Student Safety   posted on Oct 13, 2015
Attendance Awareness Month   posted on Sep 03, 2015
Keeping Up With the Competition   posted on Jul 15, 2015
Avoiding the Summer Slide   posted on May 29, 2015
Making Every Dollar Count!   posted on Apr 14, 2015
State Legislature and Education   posted on Mar 06, 2015
ACT Testing - What's It All About?   posted on Feb 12, 2015
Attendance Matters!   posted on Jan 07, 2015
Teachers Make the Difference - Part 2   posted on Nov 07, 2014
Leadership Matters!   posted on Oct 08, 2014
Teachers Make the Difference!   posted on Sep 16, 2014
Helping Students Succeed in School   posted on Aug 14, 2014
A New Era Begins ...   posted on Jul 14, 2014
Future Challenges   posted on May 22, 2014
Selecting Administrators   posted on May 15, 2014
Common Core   posted on Mar 31, 2014
Student Groups - School Based or Not?   posted on Mar 21, 2014
Textbooks - Not Enough to Go Around?   posted on Mar 14, 2014
Legislative Priorities   posted on Mar 03, 2014
Course Selection for Secondary Students   posted on Feb 18, 2014
Important February Dates   posted on Feb 05, 2014
Student Safety - How You Can Help   posted on Jan 27, 2014
Tax Challenge   posted on Jan 21, 2014
2013 - A Year in Review   posted on Jan 02, 2014
2014 District Calendar Options   posted on Dec 20, 2013
School closure as a result of weather   posted on Dec 10, 2013
District Audit Report   posted on Nov 25, 2013
Bits and Pieces of News   posted on Oct 25, 2013
UCAS – Another Accountability System   posted on Oct 10, 2013
There is Good All Around   posted on Oct 04, 2013
Grading the Schools   posted on Sep 03, 2013
Last Minute Notes   posted on Aug 12, 2013
Potential Budget Crisis   posted on Jul 30, 2013
Transparency vs. Right to Privacy   posted on Jul 15, 2013
Student Attendance - A Key to Success   posted on Jul 11, 2013
Negotiated Agreements   posted on Jun 19, 2013
Changes During the Past Year   posted on Jun 17, 2013
As the Class of 2013 Departs   posted on May 28, 2013
Administrative Succession   posted on Mar 25, 2013
Concerns Regarding Student Behavior   posted on Mar 05, 2013
Local Scholarships   posted on Feb 27, 2013
District Comparisons   posted on Feb 21, 2013
Concealed Weapons - Arming Educators?   posted on Jan 24, 2013
Dual Immersion   posted on Jan 14, 2013
School Violence   posted on Jan 03, 2013
How Do our Schools Compare?   posted on Dec 17, 2012
Reflections on a Recent Trip to China   posted on Nov 26, 2012
Federal Funds in our District   posted on Nov 06, 2012
Make Your Last Year Count   posted on Oct 29, 2012
Construction over the Past Four Years   posted on Oct 17, 2012
What Should a Grade Represent?   posted on Oct 08, 2012
Things to be Excited About   posted on Sep 25, 2012
Grading Clarification   posted on Sep 12, 2012
Not All Criticism is True   posted on Aug 27, 2012
District Transportation   posted on Aug 13, 2012
School Lunch Prices 2012-2013   posted on Aug 06, 2012
Follow up - Taxes and Grading   posted on Jul 26, 2012
Setting Property Tax Rates   posted on Jul 20, 2012
Tax Increase   posted on Jul 19, 2012
“What Counts” – Class Size   posted on Jul 06, 2012
What Counts - Grading System Background   posted on Jun 07, 2012
What Counts   posted on May 10, 2012
Dual Immersion   posted on Apr 08, 2012
Effects of Promontory Charter School   posted on Mar 12, 2012
Emergency Plans in the District   posted on Feb 13, 2012
2012 Legislative Session   posted on Jan 27, 2012
Highlights of 2011   posted on Dec 22, 2011
Why Replace the School in Snowville   posted on Dec 05, 2011
Questions Regarding the Sale of Bonds   posted on Nov 07, 2011
What Test Scores Mean to Me   posted on Sep 20, 2011
Opportunities for Online Courses   posted on Aug 24, 2011
Will your child be ready for college?   posted on Aug 15, 2011
Bullying   posted on Jul 28, 2011
The Reality of No Child Left Behind   posted on May 02, 2011
School Fees at Elementary Schools   posted on Apr 27, 2011
Negotiations   posted on Apr 04, 2011
Recruitment of Certificated Staff   posted on Mar 21, 2011
Boundary Changes - North End of County   posted on Mar 04, 2011
Governor's Commission   posted on Feb 14, 2011
Boundary Changes   posted on Jan 18, 2011
Charter Schools   posted on Jan 13, 2011
Concurrent Enrollment   posted on Dec 21, 2010
The Common Core Curriculum   posted on Nov 05, 2010
Early Out Days   posted on Oct 12, 2010
Truth In Taxation   posted on Aug 31, 2010
SC Building Fund vs General Fund   posted on Jul 30, 2010

Box Elder School District Seeks Great Educators

Superintendent Tolman

We are entering the educator recruiting season.  Each year as February, March and April approach we know we need to get back out on the trail and look for great educators (teachers, principals, counselors, and other specialty educators).  Terry Jackson, the Box Elder Assistant Superintendent over Human Resources actually already has been to Weber State University Teacher Fair and interviewed prospective school administrators in conjunction with Cache School District and Logan School District over in Logan.

With a certificated staff of approximately 600 employees there is an anticipation that there will be people leaving Box Elder as the school year comes to an end this spring.  Knowing this we are gearing up to go out and get the very best educators out there we can to come back and become a part of our wonderful community.

When a school district recruits there are many factors that we try to share with prospective employees.  We sell all of the amenities that a community has to offer and the location in proximity to the great things that are available.  I truly believe that in this area we have a lot to sell.  I love the location in which we all live.  We can share with prospects the chance to live in a rural setting or live in the middle of two of our bigger cities.  You can move around here in Box Elder without the incredibly heavy traffic that you have deal with on a daily basis on the Wasatch Front and even over in Cache Valley.  Yet within a 45-60 minute drive you can participate in any of the wonderful events that occur in the Greater Salt Lake City area.

To influence a possible employee we talk about the culture of the school district and more specifically the culture of the building they may be teaching in. Currently Box Elder School District is taking a hard look at how to bring about the best culture of educator/staff appreciation as we possibly can.  We are working with the O.C. Tanner Company (an international company that deals in rewards and recognition) to help us find ways to recognize and reward the value in employees.  We are learning all of the intricacies of how to best build a culture of respect, trust, recognition, and reward.  We are doing our very best to walk the walk not just talk the talk about valuing our great employees.

With all of the improvement in these areas the Box Elder School District still has an issue that makes recruiting more difficult.  Two of the school districts that we border and compete with for educator talent pay more to teachers than we do.  Our demographics are such that we are not able to pay as much and it is hurting our recruiting and retention of great teachers. There are couple of state initiatives that are possibly going to help with this issue.  One is a bill that is being proposed to try to equalize the local property tax between school districts.  This bill alone would help Box Elder School District to offer a little more to our staff.  The second item is a state wide campaign by business leaders throughout the state to raise both state income tax and sales tax by .45%.  This initiative is called “Our Schools Now”.  The beginning of that effort is occurring right now with an effort in the state to get enough signatures to have this initiative placed on the 2018 November Ballot to let the people decide if they would like to raise their own taxes to help improve education.  One local possibility to help get salaries up and more competitive is to have what is called a voted leeway.  This brings the possibility of raising property taxes to the tax payers in the form of a vote.  The Box Elder Board of Education has made a commitment that they will look at all possibilities to increase salaries.  If after all the efforts made do not result in competitive salaries the Board will then come to the tax payers in the form of a voted leeway initiative in the November 2019 election.

A great teacher in the classroom is of the utmost importance to the educational success of a child.  The Box Elder Board of Education knows this and has directed me and the administrative staff of Box Elder School District to do all we can to see that take place.  I can assure we are doing all we can.  Currently we have great certificated and support staff in this great school district and we are doing all we can to build a great culture to ensure them all staying and being a productive part of the great effort to help educate the students of Box Elder County.

Date posted : Jan 23, 2018.