We are at the midway point of the school year and all is well at Tri-Valley. February is the time of year when many school related issues come to mind. State testing, staffing, basketball and wrestling tournaments, and weather are a few of the big ones looming on the horizon.
It has been a very different type of winter thus far than what we have experienced in the last few years. This has resulted in no cancellation days and only one two hour delay thus far due to weather. However, there is a lot of winter left before us! Residents may still sign up on our school website for text message/email notifications and the most up to date information on cancellations and delays.
It is also the time of year when we gear up for the marathon of standardized testing that will begin shortly. Please make sure to check your child’s testing schedule and make sure they get plenty of rest during this period. We will make every effort to make the testing process as painless as possible for our students here at school.
I always enjoy sharing facts about our school district in our newsletter, and I appreciate the feedback I hear throughout the community from those who are often surprised by some of this data. Our current enrollment is 3062 students, 317 of those students attend under Open Enrollment which generates $ 1.9 million dollars annually. Of our approximately $31 million in total annual revenue, $9.8 million is generated through local property tax collections. $19. 4 million comes in the form of state foundation revenue (state share). The school district employs nearly 400 people, and the salaries and benefits of our employees account for over 70% of total district expenses. Tri-Valley has not had an operating levy on the ballot since the 1980’s.
Finally, I want to share a little information about where America’s students are attending school. 50.7 million students attend public schools in America and nearly 59% of them attend a rural or suburban school district (Facts About American Schools – EdWeek). So much of the media coverage of schools is focused on large urban areas that this statistic may come as a bit of a surprise to many TV residents. As always, residents should always feel free to contact the school district with any questions and we will attempt to get you answers as soon as possible.