Community Council

All parents and community members are invited and encouraged to attend community council meetings. The council determines Garland Elementary policy as well as how essential funds are spent to improve student learning. Serving on the community council is an opportunity for parents to serve and to be involved in the creation of the land trust plan and determining how the land trust funds will be used. All information is made available via the website, newsletters, and emails. It is also available, upon request, at the front office or sent home with the student.

Meeting Dates

All meetings will be held at 3:15 p.m. in the school library.

  • September 28                                     

  • November 16

  • January 25           

  • March 22                 

  • April 26

Elections will be held in Sept. 2021 if necessary

2021-22 Council Members

Jennifer Webb (Parent) webbsworld@hotmail.com

April Wheatley (Parent) april.wheatley@gmail.com

Sara Merrick (Parent) sara_pwll@yahoo.com

Jessica Nielsen (Parent/chair) thejnielsen@gmail.com

Patricia Novoa (Teacher, non-voting member) patricia.novoa@besd.net

Marcia Wilson (Counselor) marcia.wilson@besd.net

Mark Johnson  (Principal) mark.johnson@besd.net

The duties of the school community council are to:

  1. Develop a School Improvement Plan

  2. Develop a School LAND Trust Plan

  3. Assist in the development and implementation of a Professional Development Plan.

  4. Develop a Reading Achievement Plan.

  5. Advise and make recommendations to school and district administrators, when appropriate.

  6. Oversee that appropriate internet filtering and safety precautions are in place.​

Key Links

LAND Trust Plan
Funding History

2015-16: $52,513

2016-17: $56,010

2017-18: $76,927

2018-19: $90,199

2019-20: $88,591

2020-21: $95,884

2021-22: $91,685

2022-23: $98,412

Land Trust Plan 2018-19 Final Report

Garland Elementary Community Council Agenda/Minutes

Meeting Date: March 21, 2022                                    Meeting Time: 3:00

Meeting Location: school library

Council Members Present: Patricia Novoa, Jessica Nielsen, (Mark Johnson non-voting member) Marcia Wilson

Members Absent: Jennifer Webb, Sara Merrick, April Wheatley.  (These members were consulted and informed of options prior to any decisions being made final.) 

Financial Report: The budget for 2021-2022 is: $91,685.  The carry over is: $1,138.  The distribution for 2022-2023 will be $98,412    

Plan Implementation Report.  The current plan has been implemented as written

New items—

Land Trust plan for next year.  The following document represents what was discussed by the council.

Land Trust Planning for 2022-2023 School Year

Our distribution for this year was:   $91,685

Our distribution for next year (2022-2023) will be: $98,412

Here are the highlights of this year’s plan:

Our goals are linked to end of year DIBELS/Acadience scores. This test is administered three times per year. Our goal is to reach the following scores on the end of year test which will be conducted in April and/or May of 2022. The goals represent the percentage of students who we hope to be at grade level. Kindergarten: 90% First Grade: 80% Second Grade: 82% Third Grade: 85% Fourth Grade: 87% Fifth Grade: 87%. Percentages are measured using the composite score.

Action Stepsclose

1.We will purchase a Storyworks subscription for each of our 4th grade students. This a Scholastic magazine. This will cost $1,149.00. We will also purchase a Scope magazine subscription for each of our 5th grade students. This is also a Scholastic magazine. This will cost $1,209.00. Grand total: $2,358.00.

2.We will pay for the services of 7 reading aides. Each aide will work 142 days in the year, 5.25 hours per day. We project this will cost us $12,860 per aide, for a grand total of $90,020.00. These reading aides will provide small group instruction for all students in our building.  Training for these aides will be provided by the instructional coaches in our building.  The aides will also be observed regularly and will be evaluated and given feedback by the instructional coaches.     

 

Things to consider

Typically, the district gives reading aides an increase each year.  These increases are usually decided on after we have submitted our plan.  So, we will have to estimate how much it will be.  If that increase were 3%, then it would cost us $92,720.  An increase of 5% would be a total of: $94,500.  We are committed to retaining these people for next year.  We will plan for the amount of $94,500, just to be on the safe side. 

 

The district has already purchased chrome books for all students. They have plans to replace them as they age.

The district is replacing all audio enhancement systems this year.

Scholastic Storyworks and Scope magazines have been very valuable to the 4th and 5th grade.  They would really like to continue using it.   We are working on a quote for next year.  However, we assume it will be about the same expense.  We decided to purchase these magazines again.  We also decided to purchase the Spanish version for our DLI students as well.  For grades 1-5, we will need a total of about 290 subscriptions.  That will be about $2,300.  Renewing the 45th and 5th grade subscriptions in English will be about $2,200 as well. 

Smart boards.  The new type of smart board is about $2,800 each.  We discussed purchasing one of two of these, but ultimately decided not to do it.  We have spoken with the district tech rep. and decided to acquire some used smart boards at no cost. 

Projectors for smart boards are about $600.  We always need to replace a few of those each year.  We decided to purchase two of them for a total of about $1,200.

 

 

 

Action Items (a detailed description of the motion, who made the motion, # voted for, # voted against)

Jessica Nielsen moved to approve the highlighted items for our land trust plan. Patri Novoa seconded.  No one voted against.

 

Digital citizenship—Utah Netsmartz

Informational Items—none

 

Garland Elementary Community Council Minutes

 

Meeting Date: November 17, 2021                                            Meeting Time: 3:15

Meeting Location: school library

Members Present: Patricia Novoa, Sara Merrick, Jessica Nielsen, April Wheatley (Mark Johnson non-voting member)

Members Absent: Jennifer Webb

Financial Report: The budget for 2021-2022 is: $91,685.  The carry over is: $1,138.     

Plan Implementation Report.  The plan is being implemented as written and expected.

New items--

Action Items (a detailed description of the motion, who made the motion, # voted for, # voted against)

 

During the month of October, several council members visited the school to see our reading groups in action.  They took a tour of the building and were able to ask questions and see first hand how the land trust money is helping our students.

 

At this meeting, the council discussed the Garland Elementary Positive Behavior Plan.  All council members were given access to the plan a few weeks ago and were given the opportunity to provide input and feedback.  Also at this meeting, council members helped to create a care and connect statement for the school.     

 

Digital citizenship—Utah Netsmartz presentations will be used to provide the required digital citizenship instruction. 

Informational Items—none

Garland Elementary Community Council Minutes

 

Meeting Date: September 28, 2021                                           Meeting Time: 3:30

Meeting Location: school library

Members Present: Patricia Novoa, Sara Merrick, Jessica Nielsen, April Wheatley (Mark Johnson non-voting member)

Members Absent: Marcia Wilson, Jennifer Webb

Financial Report: The budget for 2021-2022 is: $91,685.  The carry over is: $1,138.     

Plan Implementation Report.

Here is the plan:

School Plan 2021-2022 - Garland School

School Plan Approved

School Plan Approval Details

Submitted By

Mark Johnson

Submit Date

2021-05-06

Admin Reviewer

Karen Rupp

Admin Review Date

2021-05-19

LEA Reviewer

Keri Greener

LEA Approval Date

2021-05-19

Board Approval Date

Goal #1close

State Goalclose

Our goal is based on reading achievement. Our goal is to have the following percentages of students read on grade level: Kindergarten: 90% First Grade: 80% Second Grade: 82% Third Grade: 85% Fourth Grade: 87% Fifth Grade: 87%.

Academic Areaclose

  • English/Language Arts

Measurementsclose

Our goals are linked to end of year DIBELS/Acadience scores. This test is administered three times per year. Our goal is to reach the following scores on the end of year test which will be conducted in April and/or May of 2022. The goals represent the percentage of students who we hope to be at grade level. Kindergarten: 90% First Grade: 80% Second Grade: 82% Third Grade: 85% Fourth Grade: 87% Fifth Grade: 87%. Percentages are measured using the composite score.

Action Stepsclose

1.We will purchase a Storyworks subscription for each of our 4th grade students. This a Scholastic magazine. This will cost $1,149.00. We will also purchase a Scope magazine subscription for each of our 5th grade students. This is also a Scholastic magazine. This will cost $1,209.00. Grand total: $2,358.00.

2.We will pay for the services of 7 reading aides. Each aide will work 142 days in the year, 5.25 hours per day. We project this will cost us $12,860 per aide, for a grand total of $90,020.00. These reading aides will provide small group instruction for all students in our building.  Training for these aides will be provided by the instructional coaches in our building.  The aides will also be observed regularly and will be evaluated and given feedback by the instructional coaches.     

Planned Expendituresclose

Category

Description

Estimated Cost

Total:

$92,378

Books, Ebooks, online curriculum/subscriptions

Item #1. Scholastic magazines for 4th and 5th grade.

$2,358

Salaries and Benefits (teachers, aides, specialists, productivity, substitutes)

Item #2. Hiring and paying 7 reading aides.

$90,020

Digital Citizenship/Safety Principles Componentclose

No

Summary of Estimated Expenditures

Category

Estimated Cost
(entered by the school)

Total:

$92,378

Books, Ebooks, online curriculum/subscriptions

$2,358

Salaries and Benefits (teachers, aides, specialists, productivity, substitutes)

$90,020

Funding Estimates

Estimates

Totals

Carry-over from 2019-2020

$1,137.78

Distribution for 2020-2021

$95,884

Total Available Funds for 2020-2021

$97,021.78

Estimated Funds to be Spent in 2020-2021

$94,242.01

Estimated Carry-over from 2020-2021

$2,779.77

Estimated Distribution for 2021-2022

$91,685

Total Available Funds for 2021-2022

$94,464.77

Summary of Estimated Expenditures for 2021-2022

$92,378

Estimated Carry-over to 2022-2023

$2,086.77

The Estimated Distribution is subject to change if student enrollment counts change.

Estimated Carry-over

I don't understand this section. I have not entered my budget yet and we will not be carrying over that much. Our planned total expenditures for 2021-2022 are $92,378. Assuming that is accurate, we would a carryover of $2,086.

Funding Changes

There are times when the planned expenditures in the goals of a plan are provided by the LEA, a grant, or another unanticipated funding source leaving additional funds to implement the goals. If additional funds are available, how will the council spend the funds to implement the goals in this plan?

If we had enough additional funding, our first priority would be to hire an additional reading aide. If we didn't have enough funding for that, we would purchase additional curriculum to support our reading instruction, such as: 95% materials, Shell fluency, Reading Mastery, more Scholastic magazines, etc. We may also choose to purchase replacement microphones for our audio enhancement systems. These cost over $200.00 each and many of them are aging and are due to be replaced.

 

 

 

New items--none

Action Items (a detailed description of the motion, who made the motion, # voted for, # voted against)

 

The council discussed the current land trust plan and several members of the council are going to visit the school so they can see first hand how the land trust money is being spent.  They will be observing our reading groups where the aides do their work. 

Digital citizenship—Utah Netsmartz

Informational Items—none