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Former Superintendent’s Corner

Mr. Dalton was the superintendent for Garfield County Schools for over five years.  The posts below give you a great historical perspective of the challenges and opportunities that the district faced during his tenure.  After a successful tenure at Garfield County Schools, Mr. Dalton took a superintendent's position at the neighboring Kane School District.  

New Superintendent of Schools Announced

After an extensive search and publication of the vacant superintendent position, through the Utah State School Board’s Association, the Garfield County School Board utilized parents, teachers, and administrators to screen the applications to the final candidates.  At the conclusion of the interviews, the Garfield County School District Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of a new superintendent to replace Ben Dalton who has accepted the position of superintendent in Kane County School District.  Tracy Davis will begin on July 1st.  He is currently serving in Beaver County School District as the district director of the following programs: Assessment,…

New Principal at Panguitch High/Middle School

Garfield County School District would like to announce the new principal for Panguitch Middle/Panguitch High School.  Russell Torgersen grew up in Koosharem, Utah.  He graduated from Piute High School in 1991.  He attended Southern Utah University and graduated in 1997.  He was hired at Panguitch Elementary School that same year and has taught 1st, 5th, and 6th grades.  He also worked as a reading specialist/coach for three years.  He earned his Master’s Degree from SUU in 2004 and then an administrative endorsement in 2015.  He lives in Hatch with his wife Jacie and their seven children. Russ will replace Rod…

Class of 2016

I would like to congratulate the class of 2016.  It was a privilege for me to attend all three graduation commencement ceremonies for the high schools in Garfield County School District and acknowledge each student as they received their diploma.  I would also like to thank the private business, individuals, hospital, and cities who provide our students with scholarships to attend university or career and technical colleges.  With the financial assistance from our local communities, our students are more likely to be successful in their chosen career.  Just how important is a high school diploma?  According to a report published…

Special Legislative Session

In a special Legislative Session, lawmakers voted to restore nearly $4.2 million dollars that was previously vetoed by Governor Herbert almost two months ago.  In connection with the funding is reading intervention software programs, preschool, and culinary arts programs.  The Senate voted 27-1 and the House voted 67-6 on SB2001 to restore the vetoed line items.  Included in the $4.5 million is $500,000 in Federal funds, $1.5 million in state revenue, $275,000 for a TV broadcasted Culinary Arts program, $500,000 elementary reading software to measure student’s reading ability, $3 million for K-3 software intervention programs, and $500,000 for an IT…

Governor Herbert

On May 13th, Governor Herbert discussed his proposed changes to the SAGE assessments and the Utah Common Core.  Governor Herbert recently presented the Utah State School Board with a formal request to repeal SAGE testing in the secondary schools and develop new curriculum standards which represent Utah.  A motion was made by Utah State School Board member Dave Thomas to begin the process of rulemaking to remove SAGE testing from 9th-12th grades and replace it with the ACT test contingent upon legislative approval to change the current statutes.  The motion passed with only 4 voting in opposition.  We will now…

Teacher Appreciation Week

At the conclusion of teacher appreciation week, I would like to personally thank all of the teachers in our district who work diligently to provide our students with such a quality of educational opportunities that will in turn allow our students to become productive members of society.  Teachers have a very challenging occupation in meeting testing standards, designing curriculum, and providing feedback to students and parents. With that said, the emphasis the teacher places on the humanistic interaction between students makes them feel valued, intelligent, and instills a belief in our students that they can reach their dreams.  Great teachers…

Thank You GCSD

I would like to begin by publicly thanking the Garfield County School Board for offering me the superintendent position five years ago.  The Board has been instrumental in correcting the financial shortfalls, adopting policies, increasing student safety, providing needed resources to teachers, and increasing the overall educational process across the district.  Personally, I would like to thank GCSB, teachers, staff, community members, and students for the opportunity I have had the past five years to be the superintendent of the Garfield County School District.  My family has also supported me through this superintendency, to which I'm truly grateful.  With every…

2016 Concurrent Enrollment Changes

With recent legislative changes, Math III (11th grade) is now required for students to enroll in any concurrent enrollment math course.  The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) adopted rules effective in August of 2016.  One of the changes is if a student completes Math I, II, and III with an average grade of “C,” they can enroll in Math 1010 without an 18 on the ACT.  However, students may still use the ACT or Accuplacer scores to place them in concurrent enrollment courses.  Students who want to enroll in Math 1030 (Intro to Quantities Reasoning), Math 1040 (Intro to…

2016 Concurrent Enrollment Changes

With recent legislative changes, Math III (11th grade) is now required for students to enroll in any concurrent enrollment math course.  The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) adopted rules effective in August of 2016.  One of the changes is if a student completes Math I, II, and III with an average grade of “C,” they can enroll in Math 1010 without an 18 on the ACT.  However, students may still use the ACT or Accuplacer scores to place them in concurrent enrollment courses.  Students who want to enroll in Math 1030 (Intro to Quantities Reasoning), Math 1040 (Intro to…

BTSALP Art Teacher in the GCSD

Over the past two years, Garfield County School District has completed grant applications to the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP).  The BTSALP program provides funding for incorporating arts in elementary schools.  Currently 130 elementary schools across the State of Utah receive funding to hire licensed teachers to provide curriculum instruction in music, visual arts, dance, and theater.  When districts complete the grant application for the BTSALP funding, we must identify the number of elementary students, number of schools, and specify the desired curriculum program.  If districts combine schools to share the BTSALP instructor, we have a greater chance…

2016 Sterling Scholar Winners

On April 7, 2016, I had the privilege of attending the 38th Annual Sterling Scholar Awards Program presented by KSL Broadcasting Group and the Desert News.  Students from Bryce Valley High School and Panguitch High School competed against high school seniors in Beaver, Iron, Kane, and Washington districts.  I would like to congratulate and complement all of the students from Garfield County School District who competed in this very competitive and prestigious competition.  Each Student dedicates many hours to organize and complete a portfolio, followed by interviews by category judges.  I would like to congratulate Makayla Dalton (Social Science) and…

Field Trips and Volunteer Background Checks

As the end of the school year quickly approaches, schools are making arrangements for field trips.  When the field trips are planned, parents will receive an “Identified Risk of Participation” form from the school explaining the possible risks or concerns for each field trip.  Students who plan to attend the field trip must provide the school with the required signatures of the student and legal guardian before they are allowed to travel to the event.  If the district does not received a signed Identified Risk of Participation form, the student cannot participate in the field trip.  If you have questions…

SAGE Assessments 2016

Beginning on March 28th, Garfield County School District will be administering the summative SAGE assessments for Language Arts, Math, and Science curriculums.  Students in 3rd -11th grades will be participating in the state mandated testing.  The historical timeline for legislative and state school board mandates are follows: 2009-2013 Districts participated in a computer adaptive testing pilot program. 2012 Legislative session HB 15 required the development of computer adaptive tests. 2012 Utah State School Board directs the process for obtaining an assessment contract to test students online. 2013 State Board of Education directs the development of the computer adaptive SAGE assessment. …

2016 Sterling Scholars

On April 7, 2016 students from Garfield County School District will be competing in the 38th Annual Sterling Scholar Awards program sponsored by Desert News, KSL Broadcasting Group, Southern Utah University, Dixie State University, and Southwest Educational Development Center.  The purpose of the Sterling Scholar program is to proudly recognize and encourage the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, leadership, and citizenship of high school seniors in Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, and Washington School Districts.  Sterling Scholar students dedicate many hours to organize an extensive portfolio relating to each content area, followed by a series of interview questions in front of…

Utah Legislative Session Update

During the 2016 Utah legislative session, 465 bills were passed by our legislators. If you would like to view the bills, you can access them at http://le.utah.gov/asp/passedbills/passedbills.asp  During the session, there were approximately 124 bills relating to education and of those 66 passed into law.  A few of the highlights include a 3% increase in the Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU) for all public schools in the state.  This equates to approximately $78 million.  Also for those districts that are experiencing student growth, an additional $94 million is allocated to the new student enrollments. A few key bills to be aware…

Utah Legislative Session

With the 2016 Utah Legislative session coming to a close on March 10th, I thought it might be beneficial for the public to be informed of the distribution of a $14.7 billion dollar state budget.  Approximately, $440 million in new money is available for public and higher education.  The majority of the increased funds goes to 3 to 3.75 percent increase in the Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU is the amount of state funding received on a per student basis) along with approximately 9,700 new students enrolled in Utah schools next year.  Additional funding means more accountability by public schools in…

Microsoft Office 365 Available Now for GCSD Teachers and Students

Garfield County School District is happy to announce the availability of Microsoft Office 365 to all the students 13 years of age and older.  This software platform allows for students and district employees to download the Microsoft Office suite on five personal devices for free.  A step by step video is available on the school district webpage at http://www.garfk12.org/. Depending on whether you have a PC or Mac computer the following programs are available. PC: Office 2016 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access. Windows 7 or later required. Mac: Office 2016 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint,…

GCSD Teacher Compensation Comparison 2016

As you may know, Garfield County School District has been advertising for several new teaching positions for the 2016-2017 school year. With these advertisements, the district enters into a competitive recruiting campaign against other districts to try and attract the most qualified and best teachers for our students. Teacher shortages are being felt by all districts in the State of Utah and add to the urgency to try and entice the best candidates. When the district enters into the recruitment of a new teacher, the salaries and benefits are the first item discussed with the prospective new employees. To assess…

Additional Kindergarten Time in Garfield County Schools

Beginning January 20th, 2016, Garfield County School District will be administering school climate surveys. The purpose is to gather stakeholder input about teachers, principals, and schools. All parents/guardians are invited to participate by filling out an online survey. Responses are anonymous and no personal information is collected. Results will be given to teachers and administrators and used to improve classrooms and schools. The surveys are short, taking about 10 minutes to complete. There is a link to the survey on the school website. If you do not have a computer, please come take the survey at the school where we have a computer set…

2015-16 Stakeholder Survey

I would like to make everyone aware of an upcoming school district survey or more commonly known as stakeholder input. The purpose of the survey is to gather valuable information from the stakeholders in our district. Parents and guardians who have students in 3rd through 12th grades are encouraged to participate in the survey. The surveys are given to the classroom teacher and building administrator to evaluate and identify the strengths and deficiencies in the classrooms, schools, and district. Please know, the responses to the survey are anonymous and no personal information will be collected from you when you conduct…

USBA Training

On January 9th, Garfield County School Board was recognized by Utah State School Board Association for the Master Boards Award (MBA) professional development training.  Only four of the 41 school boards, across the state of Utah, had all of the board members complete the professional development training.  GCSD was one of the four boards of education to complete the training.  As part of the recognition, each board member received a personally signed letter from Governor Herbert and plaque to hang in the GCSD board room.  This is the third year in a row where all of the GCSD board members have…

New Principal at EHS and EES

A school interview committee composed of teachers, a classified employee, parents, a school board member and myself recently conducted an administrator interview to fill the vacant opening in the Escalante schools, left by Mr. Bert Steele.  It was the unanimous recommendation of the hiring committee to offer the position to Mr. Chip Sharpe.  The Garfield County Board of Education approved the hiring committee’s recommendation on December 17th during their regularly scheduled meeting. Mr. Sharpe will begin his administrative duties on or before January 19th, 2016.  Mr. Sharpe is currently the administrator of Nome Beltz Jr. Sr. High School in Alaska.  He…

2015 District Christmas Card

Each year the Garfield County School District encourages students to submit a Christmas card design for the cover of the District Christmas cards.  School districts across the state of Utah, as well as GCSD employees, receive the Christmas cards with the original student artwork printed on the card.  I would like to congratulate 6th grade Antimony Elementary student, Kassidy Westwood from Antimony Elementary for submitting the winning card.  She was given a $25 Amazon card and a copy of the final version of the card.  I would like to thank all of the students who submitted their artwork for the…

BYOD Policy

Each year I receive calls from parents inquiring if students can bring their own electronic devices such as laptops, Chromebook, and tablets to school.  The short answer to the question is yes; student in secondary schools may bring their electronic devices to the schools and connect to the district’s network.  The district’s network is filtered and monitored behind a firewall to protect the students and district data communications.  Garfield County School District’s policy specifying how students can access the district’s networks at school is titled GCSD Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy and can be found at http://www.garfield.k12.ut.us/images/docs/GCSD_BYOD_Policy_Agreement-Approved%206142012.pdf If the…

Every Student Succeeds Act

In 2002, the federal government passed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which mandated a progressive increase in student proficiency levels to a point of 100% proficiency in math, language arts, and science.  As the proficiency goals became unrealistic, federal extensions or waivers such as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) became an option for individual states to request a grace period on the federal mandates and still receive the federal funding. The federal government recently approved the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) abolishing the old NCLB.  ESSA received strong bipartisan support in both houses of Congress.  ESSA…

Scholarships

With a 2.9% increase for university in-state tuition and a 3.4% increase over the last ten years, it causes us to draw our attention to an ever increasing college tuition rate.  As tuition rates increase, it becomes more important for our graduating students to apply and receive financial assistance in the form of scholarships.  Some scholarship deadlines have passed but many scholarship applications are still being accepted.  Many colleges throughout the state have an index score which is a combination of the student’s ACT and GPA which intern qualifies a large percentage of our students for partial or full tuition…

Concurrent Enrollment

The US Department of Education recently approved $20 million to help high school students who are eligible to receive Pell grants to take concurrent enrollment classes.  A concurrent enrollment class allows for juniors and seniors to enroll in college classes and attend their higher education classes in their high school over an Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC).  When students receive credit from a college, the credit is then transferred to the student’s high school transcripts.  Currently more than 36% of juniors and seniors or 27,000 students in the State of Utah participate in concurrent enrollment.  The state appropriates approximately $9.2 million…

UEOE Core Curriculum Standards Public Comment

The Utah State Office of Education has recently opened a 30 and 90-day review period to receive public comment on core curriculum standards pertaining to physical education, science, and fine arts.  I encourage parents or concerned citizens to visit the following USOE core curriculum review links and provide comments to curriculum standards. The Utah State Office of Education has announced the K-12 physical education core curriculum revision has been approved by the State Board of Education and is beginning the 90-day public review period.  Your input is important to USOE. The standards may be accessed, reviewed and evaluated on our…

10-15-2015 Title I Recognition

On October 1st, 2015 the Utah State Office of Education issued a letter to Garfield County School District recognizing Escalante Elementary School.  The following is a copy of the letter from the USOE. I would like to congratulate Escalante Elementary and all of the schools in the district for all of their hard work and efforts in improving the quality of education for our students.  Bryce Valley Elementary, and Panguitch Elementary are also Title I schools who exceeded the state average in mathematics. Ben Dalton Superintendent Garfield County School District

October 2015 Enrollment and Funding Update

October 1st is a significant date for all schools across the nation.  The Utah State Office of Education verifies the student enrollment by district as of October 1st for use in the distribution of state funds to each district and charter school.  The Utah legislature allocates most K-12 funds in Weighted Pupil Units (WPU) according in part to the number of students enrolled on October 1st.  The value of the WPU for each student for the 2015-16 school year is $3,092.  The legislature allocates other funds based on various formulas, comprising 70% of Garfield’s total maintenance and operations revenue. The…

Increase Parent-Teacher Communication

With the end of the first quarter of school approaching on October 23rd, I want to encourage parents to be actively engaged in open communication with your student’s teacher(s).  When parents and teachers communicate on a regular basis, the students’ academic perform is significantly enhanced.  Please visit with your classroom teachers in person, by phone or email.  Most teacher prefer to communicate through email because it allows for less disruption in their classroom.   Teachers’ emails are available on the GCSD web page at http://www.garfield.k12.ut.us/.  The individual school webpages can be accessed under the “Schools” tab.  Please know, parents can access…

Adult Education

The Garfield County School District has a very successful Adult Education program operating across the district.  During the 2014-2015 school year, the county’s Adult Education program graduated 17 students.  All education services are provided at no cost to enrolled students.  Also, the adult education program provides tutoring services for individual who have a high school diploma but may need some help with reviewing math or language arts skills to help individuals with employment.  The Adult Education program can be completed online at home with supervision.  If you are interested in obtaining a GED, the district Adult Education program can help…

School Letter Grades 2015

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015 the Utah State Office of Education released the School Letter Grades for the 2014-2015 school year. According to the Desert News http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865636817/New-school-grades-mirror-growth-in-SAGE-assessment.html and USOE datahttps://datagateway.schools.utah.gov/Accountability/SchoolGrades/2015: Out of 738 elementary schools this year, 109 earned an A, 358 got a B, 213 got a C, 45 got a D and 13 got an F. About 64 percent of schools got either an A or a B, compared to 59 percent last year, and 7 percent got a D or an F, compared to 9 percent last year, according to data released Tuesday by USOE. Of Utah's 133…

Capital Projects Update

Each year Garfield County School District budgets approximately $600,000 for maintenance of the school facilities with the majority of the work completed in the beginning of the fiscal year.  In an effort to be transparent with the public, I would like to provide you with the locations and costs for the capital projects that have been completed, or are in the process of being completed for this school year.  Please know that the district has selected each vendor or product after a competitive bidding process. The capital projects are as follows: All gym floors in the district were resurfaced.  The…

Utah Sage Assessment 2015

The Desert News recently published the top 25 performing schools in the State of Utah on the SAGE assessment.  The Desert News article can be accessed by selecting the following linkhttp://www.deseretnews.com/top/3376/0/SAGE-scores-2015-Top-Utah-schools-in-mathematics.html Garfield County School District has five schools who are recognized in the top 25 schools in the State.  The schools and content areas are as follows: Top 25 elementary schools in language arts #13 Escalante Elementary School 70% Top 25 junior high, middle, and intermediate schools in math #2 Panguitch Middle School 68.6% Top 25 junior high, middle, and intermediate schools in language arts #3 (tie) Panguitch Middle School…

Welcome Back Students

I would personally like to welcome all of the students in Garfield County School District to a new school year.  I know the teachers are ready to welcome students into their new classrooms.  I have confidence in the teachers in our District to provide a caring environment where students feel safe, valued and receive a high level of academic instruction.  The District has hired nine highly qualified new teachers for the 2015-2016 school year.  The teachers have participated in GCSD Core Academy where they have developed scope and sequence in the new Reading Wonders program.  I appreciate the time and…

New Teachers

With the beginning of school just around the corner, I want to introduce the new teachers who have been hired to work in Garfield County School District for the 2015-2016 school year. Bryce Valley: Bailey Dalton: Fourth Grade Teacher Hillary Bonner: Preschool Teacher LaRee Bybee: Part-time School Counselor Kim Quarnberg: Part-time Health Teacher Escalante: Brent Bonner: SPED Teacher for EHS and EES LaRee Bybee: Part-time School Counselor Panguitch: Vonnie Parkin: Preschool Teacher Kami Savage: Kindergarten Teacher Jodi Henrie: First Grade Teacher We also have current employees who are changing grades or assignments.  They are as follows: Bryce Valley: Andrea Brinkerhoff:…

State Trust Lands

Prior to 1896 when Utah became a state, the US Congress set conditions under which Utah could gain statehood.  In order to gain statehood, Utah agreed to many provisions.  One of which was to ensure Utah citizens would receive access to an education.  To help ensure funding for education in Utah, Congress granted land to the state in a trust to support public schools.  One-ninth of the land was granted in trust.  At that time, four one-mile square sections in each township became school trust lands. Today the school trust includes approximately 3.3 million acres.  When the state trust lands…

Microsoft Office 365

Garfield County School District recently purchased a site license for Microsoft Office 365 for faculty and students.  The purchase will help to relieve some of the stress of schoolwork by providing the software tools students will utilize on a daily basis.  Students will receive a complete version of the latest Microsoft Office for free.  Which means all students in the District will have access to Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote beginning in August 2015.  Your student will have everything he or she needs to create, edit, and share documents for as long as they are students in the District.  Students…

What Counts in Education

The Garfield County School Board will be sponsoring an important community forum titled “What Counts in Education” on August 4th at Escalante High School from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm to discuss community solutions to rural challenges.  The purpose of the forum is to explore with our community how the effectiveness and quality of our public schools should be measured.  One important measure, certainly, is how well students perform on assessments but we want our schools to focus on more than just testing.  We are always looking for ways to make our schools better.  The results of the “What Counts”…

Reducing Student Fees

On August 20th, the Garfield County School Board will be considering changes to the student registration fee schedule for the 2015-2016 school year.   If the new fee schedule receives approval by the School Board, parents who have students in 7th – 12th grades will see a substantial savings.  The 2015-2016 fee schedule removes the following items: Textbooks $25.00 Locker $1.00 PE locker $1.50 Shop Class $10.00 Foods Class $10.00 Cheerleading Participation $25.00 AP Testing Fee $40.00 Total savings to the parents and students is $112.50.  The Garfield County School District is financially stable with no need to collect these additional…

Garfield School District Retirees

The Garfield County School District would like to congratulate the 2015 retirees! We would like to recognize two outstanding teachers in our District for the many years of service they have provided to the students. Mrs. Pat Shakespear was hired to teach in the Garfield School District on August 21, 1984. Mrs. Shakespear has given 31 years of her life to the students in our District. I have known Mrs. Shakespear to have an extensive knowledge of reading and language arts instruction. Her kind personality coupled with her love for students will be greatly missed in the future. The District hired Mr. Scott Barton on January…

Garfield School District Presents Student Data to the County Commissioners

The Garfield County Commissioners held their regularly scheduled meeting on June 8, 2015.The school district was invited to present information on declining student enrollment. The county commissioners will consider declaring a state of emergency to address this issue. The next County Commission Meeting will be held June 22nd in Panguitch at the courthouse. The purpose of the County Commission meeting on June 8th was to draw attention to declining student enrollment and decreasing economic opportunity in the County. Garfield County School District officials were in attendance to provide current enrollment information and population projections to the County Commissioners. The Garfield…

Declining Student Enrollment

As the Garfield School District prepares for the 2015-2016 school year, we look very closely at the number of students in each geographical area, and assign the faculty and staff according to the student numbers.  When we compare the student numbers from October 1st, 2014 to May 1st, 2015 we noticed a decrease of 48 students across the district. This is a continuing phenomenon. In 1997 the student enrollment in the District was 1,179 students.  We are predicting to have 878 students to begin school in August of 2015.  The Garfield School District has experienced a decrease of 292 students…

FY 2016 Budget

On June 11th, Business Administrator, Patty Murphy, and I will present the FY16 Budget to the Garfield County School Board for their consideration and anticipated approval.  The District will not be seeking any additional increase in taxes from the tax payers.  We will hold the tax rates flat for the FY16 fiscal year.  I would like to thank Mrs. Murphy for all of her time and the effort she has dedicated to the District’s nearly $14 million dollar budget.  The new proposed budget includes an increase in technology resources for students such as $250,000 in student technology devices and internet…

It Takes a Village

“It takes a village…” At the conclusion of another successful school year, I would like to thank all of those who have helped the students in the Garfield School District achieve academic success.   It takes all of us to provide a quality education to our students.  It starts with parents who make sure their students are ready for the school day.  Bus drivers pick up students in the early hours of the morning.  Custodians assure a warm building and clean environment for our students. Secretaries greet our students, answer phone calls, and collect lunch money. Food service workers prepare breakfast…

GCSD Graduation Dates

The Garfield School District graduation ceremonies will be as follows: May 20th Escalante High School - 8:00 PM - EHS Auditorium May 21st Panguitch High School – 7:00 PM – PHS Gymnasium May 22nd Bryce Valley High School – 8:00 PM - BVHS Auditorium I would personally like to congratulate the graduating class of 2015. We know you have acquired the academic skills needed to become productive members of society and wish the graduates the best of luck in their future endeavors. --Superintendent Ben Dalton

New Reading Program at GCSD

The Garfield County School Board approved the purchase of a new Language Arts reading program during the April 30th Board meeting.  A committee comprised of parents, teachers, and administrators reviewed and recommended the new curriculum.  The new program is published by McGraw Hill Education and is titled “Wonders”.  The new literacy program will be taught in Pre K (preschool) through 6th grade and will available to the students at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year.  The cost for the program is $136,536 for the all of the elementary schools in the District.  The associated costs will provide students the…

2015-16 GCSD Calendar

The Garfield County School Board will approve a calendar for the 2015-2016 school year during the April 30th Board meeting. Due to the way the holidays fall and an additional school day for leap year on February 29th, the calendar for next year provides additional flexibility with the beginning and end of the school year.   When the School Board approves the calendar, we will make it available on the School District web page for your reference. --Superintendent Ben Dalton

Sterling Scholar 2015

On April 9, 2015, I had the privilege of attending the 37th Annual Sterling Scholar Awards program present by Deseret News and the KSL Broadcasting Group.  Students from Garfield School District competed against seniors from Desert Hills, Dixie, Enterprise, Hurricane, Pine View, Snow Canyon, Tuacahn, Canyon View, Cedar, Parowan, Beaver, Milford, Kanab, and Valley.  I would like to congratulate and compliment the students from Garfield School District who competed in this prestigious competition.  Each student dedicates many hours to organizing and completing an extensive portfolio relating to each specific content area.  Students then participate in a series of interviews in…