School trust funds bump up slightly for Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah schools have received a record $39.2 million in school trust funds this year.

Trust director for the Utah State Board of Education Tim Donaldson tells the Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/1oeFrZo) school community councils will see their share of trust money grow by about 5 percent.

Each year, some dividends and interest earned on a $1.9 billion fund from trust lands throughout the state go to Utah public schools. The schools can get anywhere from a few thousand dollars each to more than $100,000, depending on enrollment.

Parents and educators make up school community councils, which decide how to spend each school’s share of the money. Last year, they used funds to hire teachers and aides, to buy technology, and to provide programs such as language, special needs and music.

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