Dear Friends and Neighbors,
It’s that time of year when the hot summer days give way to the crisp mornings of autumn and all its color. School supplies are now stocked on store shelves, teachers have readied their classrooms and students are rushing to catch a bus.
I am so grateful for our schools in Taylorsville and for all the people – the educators and teachers, administrators and employees, parents and students – who ensure they are exceptional places of learning. The city enjoys an excellent partnership with Granite School District. We are especially proud of our Taylorsville High School Warriors and look forward each year to seeing their many accomplishments as school gets underway. We cheer for their success!
We are lucky, too, to be home to Salt Lake Community College’s main campus, as well Utah State University’s Salt Lake Campus. SLCC is the state’s largest two-year college and the Utah college with the most diverse student body. The main Redwood Road campus in Taylorsville serves more than 20,000 students. Utah State University, with its central location in Taylorsville, offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
As a city, we value these educational opportunities. We know how important education is in building a strong, connected community and skilled workforce. Our community depends on an educated populace, particularly as technology, and research and development fields continue to grow here. We are an educated community. In fact, 63 percent of employees in Taylorsville work in professional fields, and 62 percent of Taylorsville residents have graduated with a degree or attended some college.
Along these lines, it was my great pleasure to speak before the Granite Board of Education last month. Superintendent Martin Bates made me aware that the Granite District reserves the front row at its board meetings each month for mayors and that the seats are rarely filled. So, I took advantage of that invitation. I talked about the good things that are happening in Taylorsville and the schools in our city. I pledged our continued cooperation and support. I also invited Granite’s representatives to come to one of our meetings. After all, the front row in our City Council chambers is available and always empty, too!