It is hard to believe that the first grading period is over, but we have begun the second quarter of school and the beautiful fall season is in full swing. Congratulations to the Tri-Valley Marching Band on qualifying for state competition for the 38th consecutive year.
I typically like to share pertinent school district information in this month’s newsletter so that our residents have an up to date and accurate perception of their school district. Tri-Valley currently has 3062 students enrolled in grades K-12. In the last 12 years, district enrollment has not been lower than 2990 students. Enrollment peaked a few years back at 3100 students. The ability to maintain consistent enrollment numbers over a long period of time has allowed the district to maintain a solid financial position consistently over this same period of time. We currently have 341 students attending Tri-Valley on Open Enrollment who are residents of other districts. Open Enrollment has played a vital role in maintaining total enrollment and keeping the school district financially sound. Total annual school district revenue for the current school year is over 31 million dollars. The greatest percentage of total expenditures goes towards personnel salaries and benefits. The school district employs 371 people. 178 of whom are certified teachers, while 191 are bus drivers, aides, cooks, custodians, maintenance, mechanics, and administrators. Our bus routes cover 230 square miles with 27 daily routes. Approximately 3270 miles are driven each day taking students to school and back on school busses. Based on the most recent data available (2016), Tri-Valley School District is the ninth largest employer in Muskingum County.
As your superintendent, a resident of the district, and as a parent; I am very proud of our school district. I encourage community members to feel free to reach out to us with any questions or suggestions. School Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at the district office directly across from the bus garage.