Patrons are encouraged to participate in the School Community Council. Elections are held at the beginning of each school year.
The School LAND Trust program brings tens of millions of dollars annually to academic programs in public schools across Utah. These funds are the only discretionary funds many schools receive. Each school elects a school community council consisting of parents, teachers, and the principal. Councils carefully study their school test scores, decide which areas they want to improve, and develop a School Improvement Plan. From that plan, a council chooses one or more academic areas on which to focus its annual trust dividend from the School LAND Trust program to improve student performance.
Councils set measurable goals with a plan to achieve the goals and submit the plan on-line. Their local school board will approve the plan or may ask for revisions before approval. Funds are only distributed to schools with approved plans.