Board approves compensation packages for teachers, other staff
The Board of Education of the Davis School District unanimously approved a teacher compensation package this evening that includes a 5 percent pay increase.
That package also includes additional steps and lanes based on education levels and years of service, and a $1,500 annual increase for teachers with four years of experience and above.
The approval comes after two months of negotiations between the district and the Davis Education Association (DEA).
The Board also unanimously approved the negotiated agreement between the district and Davis Education Support Professionals (DESP). That package includes, among other things, a 5 percent increase and additional steps based on education levels and years of service.
In a related note, beginning teachers, starting in the 2021-2022 school year, will receive a starting wage of $48,134. Teachers with four years of experience will receive $52,259 a year.
Associated with the compensation packages is funding for 10 additional health aides to serve in district elementary schools and 12 additional family service workers.
The compensation packages will now go to the general membership of the DEA and DESP for ratification consideration.
Rapid testing continues in Davis County locations
Free rapid tests for COVID-19 still exist in Davis County. The tests are open to anyone of any age (older than three years of age) whether they believe they have symptoms or not. Appointments are needed. The schedule for this week is as follows:
• Freeport Center, Building C-5, Clearfield (from Antelope Drive, enter at 300 West and continue to C Street), Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 7 a.m. to noon (each day) and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Register here.
• Davis Technical College, 550 E. 300 South, Kaysville (a mobile van event held in P1 parking lot on the south side of campus on Davis Tech Drive), Tuesdays and Thursdays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Register here.
• Woods Cross High School, 600 W. 2200 South, Woods Cross (inside in the theater – use the main entrance and follow the signs), Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register here.
Second doses of vaccination available
The Davis County Health Department, in conjunction with Nomi Health, continues its partnership with the Davis School District by providing the second dose of COVID-19 vaccinations — manufactured by Pfizer — to students who are 16 and 17 years old, any Davis School District employee or any member of an employee's family.
• Those who received their first dose back on April 20 at Clearfield, Layton, Northridge and Syracuse high schools are scheduled to receive their second dose Tuesday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
• Those who received their first dose back on April 27 at Bountiful, Davis, Farmington, Mountain, Viewmont and Woods Cross high schools are scheduled to receive their second dose Tuesday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
*Davis Connect students may receive their second vaccination at any site. Mountain High students may receive their second vaccination at Davis High.
Some people have reported their second-dose reminder emails were sent to their junk mail accounts. However, even if those can't be found, those scheduled to receive that second dose should just go to the school and receive that needed second dose. (Nomi will have records of those who received the first dose.)
If you have any questions about the vaccinations at the high schools, please contact the Nomi Health hotline at 801-704-5911.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.Nelson Mandela
One by one district employees make lives better
Reid Newey, Superintendent
Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so he walked faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.
He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
70,643 students enrolled in 92 district schools
94.2% graduation rate
$62M in education and athletic scholarships earned by the Class of 2020
54,451 credits earned toward college through Concurrent Enrollment and AP
7 times on the AP Honor Roll
21immersion schools offering French, Spanish or Chinese
$3M raised by Davis Education Foundation for classroom and innovative grants