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Box Elder School District Budget   posted on Jul 08, 2020
Box Elder Strong   posted on Apr 09, 2020
Box Elder School District Foundation   posted on Feb 19, 2020
Threats in Schools   posted on Sep 20, 2019
Preparing for Extreme Snow Days   posted on Jan 08, 2019
Principals: Leaders of Learning   posted on Oct 24, 2018
Thank a Teacher   posted on Apr 27, 2018
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 Budget

Superintendent Tolman

Box Elder School District has been a school district since 1907.  We have approximately 12,000 students in Pre-School (3 & 4 year olds) through Special Education Students, who attend the Independent Life Skills Center that are up to the age of 22. 

In the school district there are approximately 608 certified educators, 35 administrators, 426 Educational Support Professionals, and another 414 part-time para-professionals, substitutes, etc. These are all approximate numbers because we are hiring constantly and increasing and decreasing where needed.

Box Elder School District has an approximate budget of $130,000,000.  The revenue source of this amount is 54% from state taxes, 40%, from local property taxes, and 6% from federal taxes.  As the tax revenue comes into our school district, by Utah State Code, it has to be allocated to certain funds.  The vast majority of the revenue enters into the General Fund also referred to Maintenance and Operations.  That is approximately $100,000,000.  Most of the other $30,000,000 goes into the Capital Fund.

The General Fund revenue is expended in the following areas:  61% goes into salaries, 25% goes into benefits (health insurance, Utah Retirement System, etc.) 7% supplies, 5% contracted services, the other 2% goes into many different areas.

The Capital Fund revenue is expended in buildings, facilities, computers, cars, busses, and other items that are permanent in nature. A portion of this fund is in a category called debt service, this fund makes yearly payments to pay off the bonds that were taken out (voted on by the people) to build and re-build Box Elder and Bear River High Schools a little over 10 years ago.  The bulk of this fund is used to up-keep and improve buildings and grounds across the school district.  Box Elder School District started setting aside money into a capital reserve fund years ago to help pay for new buildings as we go forward.  The Independent Life Skills Center and The Support Services Center were paid for from this reserve fund and the new Sunrise High School will be paid for with this fund.

In the June 10, 2020 School Board Meeting the Board of Education approved combining the Foothill and Mountain View Elementary Boundary areas and building a new elementary school combining the two populations into one school located at the current Bunderson Elementary School sight.  Currently Box Elder School District has approximately $15,000,000 in capital reserve to go toward this new elementary.  The remainder of the cost will be paid for in a very low interest loan.  Neither of these revenue sources will increase county property taxes.  The cost of this new elementary building is estimated to be between $27-30 million.  The construction on this new building is expected to be completed by June of 2022 and occupation of the new building will be for the 2022-2023 school year.

I have been the Superintendent in two school districts prior to coming to Box Elder School District as the Superintendent.  I have been a teacher and a building administrator in four other school districts prior to my time as a Superintendent. I have not witnessed this level of forethought and preparation.  I want to commend the previous and current District Administrators (Superintendents & Business Administrators) and the Boards of Education for their foresight and conservative nature to be able to pay for buildings as they go.  It is very hard to set aside money and have the discipline to be able to do this.

Public Education funding is a very complicated system.  I have tried to simplify it as much as I can in this document.  Both Rod Cook, Box Elder School District Business Administrator and I are open to discussing any of these items.  Please just call and let us know when we can meet.

Thank you, Superintendent Steve Carlsen

Date posted : Jul 08, 2020.