What is the Board of Education?

Important facts about Davis School District

  • 7 board members
  • Over 300,000 citizens
  • Over 65,000 students
  • Over 6000 employees
  • Ninth largest employer in the state
  • 58 Elementary schools (4 more in the pipeline)
  • 15 Junior Highs
  • 8 High schools
  • 3 special program schools
  • 2009-2010 Budget of over $565,000,000

In order to understand the functions of the Board of Education, here is some background on the Davis School District.

Around the country schools have always been controlled at the local level. They operate under the direction of government entities known as districts. Davis School District is one of 40 school districts in the State of Utah.

These districts vary in size depending upon geographic, historical and political boundaries. By number of students Davis School District is the second largest district in Utah and is one of the only large districts to encompass an entire county.

Davis School District serves the entire Davis County with over 300,000 citizens. Currently there are over 60,000 students enrolled in Davis schools. There are eight traditional high schools, fifteen junior highs and fifty-eight elementary schools, with six more in the works and six special program schools.

To facilitate the education and care of these students, the district has over 6,000 employees, making it the ninth largest employer in the state of Utah. The school district has a budget for the 2009-2010 year of over $565,000,000. Much of those funds come from property taxes collected in Davis County but the majority of the funds are allocated by the state through general fund appropriations and money from the Uniform School Fund. There are also some federal funds that come typically in the form of grants and mandated program funds. As you can see, the district is a large and complex entity. The entire system is built and paid for in order to ensure quality education for the students and citizens of Davis County.

So what is the Board of Education?

The board of education is the governing body of this government entity. It consists of seven board members, who are the elected representatives of the citizens in the district. They act much like a city council in making high level decisions about budgets, boundaries, programs and some personnel. They are meant to be the advocates for parents, students and other citizens. Their purpose in general terms is to make sure that the needs of the community are met in regards to the education of young people.

The Davis School District website says that the general duties of the board are as follows:

“The Board has complete and final control over local school matters within the framework set by Utah State Legislature and Utah State Board of Education. The Board acts as a legislative body, determining general policies for the programs, care, management, and finance, of the district’s public schools. The superintendent and his administrative staff are responsible for the execution of these policies.”

Click on this link for more information directly from the district website: http://www.davis.k12.ut.us/home/board/

The board’s seven voting members each represents a local “Precinct.” Together they elect from their body a President and Vice President to run the meetings and lead the group. The President is the authorized representative of the board and in turn the district in many legal and financial matters.

Board members are elected to serve for four years with the President and Vice President chosen every two years.

Precinct 5

The Precinct in which I am running is called Precinct 5. It covers the geographic area of the city of South Weber and much of Layton City.

Click on this link for a map of Precinct 5 directly from the district website: http://www.davis.k12.ut.us/district/planning/schoolboard.html

This seat is currently held by Kathie Dalton who was elected to serve on the Board of Education sixteen years ago in 1994.