BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
FARMINGTON С In a nod to the value of education, the Davis Chamber of Commerce will present its annual Legacy Award to Davis School District at the chamber’s annual banquet on Friday, Jan. 18.
“One of the first questions businesses ask when they look to locate in Davis County, is what are the schools like,” said Chris Williams, community relations director for Davis School District. “We know that the success of the county relies heavily on an educated workforce.”
The Legacy Award, the top award presented by the chamber, is designed to recognize individuals or institutions that demonstrate “a significant positive impact on the county, sustained over the years,” according to a press release from the chamber.
“Our chamber has a keen focus on education as a primary driver of economic growth in Davis County,” said Jim Smith, Davis Chamber president, in the release. “The fact that the Davis School District recently celebrated their 100th anniversary shows that their economic impact has been ‘sustained for years.’”
Davis School District is the second largest employer in the county, according to Williams. The district has 5,968 full-time equivalent positions filled. The staff works to educate this year’s 68,342 students.
Positions include teachers, administrators, assistants, custodial staff, specialists, counselors, bus drivers and support staff.
The budget passed by the Davis School Board for this year’s operations was about $525 million, said Williams. A large portion of the budget is dedicated to personnel. In addition, the district manages $575 million in capital assets such as buildings, furniture and vehicles.
Only Hill Air Force Base employs more people in Davis County and in Utah, only Alpine School District is larger than Davis School District.
“To be honored by the business community Р especially by an organization like the Davis Chamber of Commerce Р is beyond words,” said Dr. Bryan Bowles, superintendent of Davis School District, as quoted in the release.
“I believe we are successful, in part, because of the support that businesses and parents give to their students and to our educators. The district couldn’t be recognized with the chamber’s Legacy Award without the symbiotic relationship that has been built Р for more than 100 years Р with parents, students, businesses and the residents of Davis County.”
Williams said it is impossible to calculate how many tens of thousands Р or perhaps hundreds of thousands Р have been educated by the district in its 100 years.
“You need to have employees who are well trained, and if those employees haven’t received that foundation at the K-12 level, they certainly can’t move on to places like DATC and Weber State and other schools and get the education that’s needed,” said Williams.
“We in the county like to work together, whether with charter schools, DATC or Weber State, and try to have a pipeline that’s seamless so that it doesn’t matter where that student is in the system, we’re hoping that student can be as successful as possible so they can be a contributing member of the community and have a great job that supports a family. It’s a goal that everyone would love to meet.”
The awards banquet will be held at the Davis Conference Center and include awards in a variety of categories to other Davis County businesses. The event is open to the public, but reservations are required.
For more information or to help recognize Davis School District, contact the chamber at 801-593-2200 or through firstname.lastname@example.org.