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Superintendent’s Corner

Contact Information:
Mr. Tracy Davis, Superintendent
Garfield School District
145 East Center
Panguitch, UT 84759

Email: tracy.davis@garfk12.org

Phone: 435-676-8821
Fax: 435-676-8266

Thank You Ken Platt

-The Superintendent's Corner- At the regular meeting of the Garfield County School Board on December 12, Ken Platt was recognized for his past service to the citizens of Garfield County. Ken was elected to the Garfield County School Board in November of 2006 representing the Bryce Valley area.  Ken served in various capacities including a regional representative with the Utah School Boards Association and also President of the Garfield County School Board. A grateful board presented Ken with a plaque and also congratulations for his 12 years on the Board of Education.  Thank You Ken!
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Handy Tech Trick

Learn how to effectively use your screen space with SNAP ASSIST (For more helpful hints and tricks, check out garfk12.org/diy) If you're using windows 10, you can use all of your screen real estate effectively with this handy trick   Step 1: Open two programs you wish to use at the same time. Example: Google Chrome and Microsoft Office   Step 2: Locate the windows key on your keyboard Press the Windows key and either the left or the right arrow key at the same time.   Step 3: A translucent outline of where it will snap to will appear. If you’re happy with it, let go and your window will be snapped into place. If you have other windows or…
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Employment Opportunities

GCSD is currently looking to fill these positions: (more…)
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FY 2018 Revised and Proposed FY 2019 Budgets

The revised Fiscal Year 2018 and proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Budget are now available to view online. Click here to check it out.
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Graduation – 2018

Congratulations to all of our graduates in Garfield County! We are excited for all of the bright futures ahead of our former students! Graduation ceremonies will kick off tonight in Escalante, tomorrow in Panguitch, and on Friday in Bryce Valley. Graduation starts at 7 pm.
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Auctions

GCSD now has a live auction site to bid on items declared surplus. Check it out
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School Facility Safety

-The Superintendent's Corner- In addition to my article a couple of weeks ago, once again I would like to reference school safety and state expectations of local school systems.  Based on correspondence out of the Governor’s Office, please be assured that everyone is working to remedy issues brought forward concerning safety issues in our district.  Locally, we have been getting information on individual school concerns and have addressed these issues during school board meetings and also administrator meetings. The State Board of Education is in the process of reexamining their safety based administrative rules and compliance procedures. State Rule R277-400 requires that each district establish an emergency response plan to prevent and respond to violence on school grounds, in school…
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The USS Bryce Canyon (AD-36)

-The Superintendent's Corner- I have had several individuals comment to me about the USS Garfield County so I decided to also introduce the USS Bryce Canyon.  The Bryce Canyon, aka. AD-36, belongs to the family of ships known as Destroyer Tenders. She was launched on March 7, 1946. Being a casualty for a successful win in WWII, the Bryce Canyon sat with little activity until the start of the Korean conflict.  Commissioned on Sept 15, 1950, Captain MR Gerin took command and steered the vessel towards the Panama Canal for entry into the Pacific Fleet in San Diego. From San Diego, the Bryce Canyon went to Japan to service ships harbored in the Japanese ports of Yokosuka and Sasebo.  AD-36…
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Building Projects Update!

The new Bryce Valley Elementary School (BVES) plans are getting close to going to bid.  Staff are reviewing the plans to make sure their needs are addressed and that the future for learning at BVES is well addressed in the new building.  District staff and Tropic town officials are working to remedy easements where the school borders town parcels. Currently Bryce Valley residents are being surveyed to show their choice for the masonry patterns and colors for their new building.  Plans are available for review at both the district office and at the BVES office. The district just received the results from an engineering study which was performed on the gymnasium adjacent to the Panguitch Elementary School (PES) campus.  There…
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If You See Something, Say Something!

With some of the terrible things happening in our country right now and even worse the fight for solutions, it appears it is time for our citizenry to band together to solve our immediate issues and remember to police ourselves for the benefit of us. Our society has long shared an opinion that with age comes knowledge.  I always told my kids to not do what I did to learn my lesson, just listen to me and you’ll save a lot of heartache.  While some of us can learn from others mistakes, there are also those of us that have to learn from experience. On September 12, 2001, after a dark time with the attack on the Twin Towers, New…
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2018-19 School Year Calendar

A/B Calendar Download Board Approved Calendar Download
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Bryce Valley Elementary Construction Info

Download the Brick Pattern Options   Download the Timeline
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Employment Opportunities

Garfield County School District is seeking qualified candidates for numerous career opportunities. Click Here to see the openings and apply.
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The USS Garfield County

-USS GARFIELD COUNTY- During World War II, thousands of ships were built and many hundreds were lost.  The war effort caused a major buildup of ships for many different purposes.  Most of us are drawn to the aircraft carriers or the battleships but without the support ships, most major battles would never have even taken place.  The support ship LST784 was also known as the USS Garfield County.  The LST classification of craft is for Landing Ship, Tank.  This class of ship was specifically designed for transporting troops, vehicles, and supplies to beaches for offensive military operations.  Their uniqueness allowed them to off load on the beach without the need of dock facilities.  This is the craft that took the…
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MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!

Pictured: Abbee Holman (left), this years Christmas Card Contest Winner, with Superintendent Tracy Davis as she accepts her prize, a new Kindle Fire 7. Merry Christmas from Garfield County School District With Christmas season upon us, the school district held their annual Christmas card contest for district students. After sorting through 145 entries, the school board selected their final drawing.  This year’s winner is Abigail Holman, an 8th grade student at Panguitch Middle School.  Abbee is the daughter of Kelly and Joann Holman. Each year the district selects a student winner whose artwork is the centerpiece of the district Christmas card.  These cards are sent to all school districts in Utah as well as all employees and community…
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Superintendent’s Corner

Pictured: Bruce Williams, the new GCSD Business Administrator. Garfield County School District is excited to announce the hiring of Bruce Williams as the district's new Business Administrator (BA).  Bruce comes to us with plenty of public education experience.  Almost his entire career has been spent in education finance serving in three districts as the BA and also at the Utah State Board of Education as an Associate Superintendent of Business and Operations.  Bruce also has several years in the banking industry serving as an investment banker and also in public finance.  Bruce has been an adjunct professor at Utah State University where he has taught school finance. Bruce has a Bachelor Degree from Weber State University…
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Superintendent’s Corner

Our Schools Now            Prior to April 15 of last spring, you were more than likely approached by someone to support the Our Schools Now ballot initiative.  Supporters were on a movement to secure 113,000 Utah signatures, so it could be placed on the 2018 ballot.            So what is Our Schools Now?  The movement started in the spring of 2017 when Utah’s most successful business leaders, along with highly-accomplished classroom teachers, filed the Teacher and Student Success Act with the Lt. Governor, officially launching the Our Schools Now initiative.           Proponents of the initiative stated “We must invest in the education of Utah’s children now by investing in teachers,…
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Superintendent’s Corner

  What is NESS? The term NESS is a very important program for Garfield County School District and even more important to our students.  NESS or Necessarily Existent Small Schools is a state program that was created to recognize that the costs of teaching students in rural areas costs more than in an urban setting.  The program is specific to assist small schools that are located in remote areas and are, therefore, expensive to operate. Created with the 1972 finance study by the Utah Legislature, the state was cognizant that “all children of the state are entitled to reasonably equal educational opportunities regardless of their place of residence in the State and of the economic situation of their respective school districts.”…
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Public Notice

In compliance with the Federal AHERA regulations, Garfield County School District is continually having their school buildings inspected for asbestos. Asbestos is a cancer causing substance which can lead to mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, and some gastrointestinal cancers. The School District is required to notify building occupants and/or their legal guardians of these inspections and other activities regarding asbestos. A management plan has been developed and has been submitted to the State Governor or his designee. The management plan specifies what actions must be taken by the District to protect human health and the environment. The inspection results and management plans are available for public review at the District administration office and at each school for which the inspection has…
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Superintendent’s Corner

Bryce Valley Elementary School Construction Update We are moving forward on the construction of Bryce Valley Elementary School in Tropic. As a property owner, you may have noticed that for the last two years, you paid a lower tax rate on school district portion of your total tax. Next year, the tax rates will revert back and the property tax funding for our schools will return to normal. Bryce Valley and Panguitch are both scheduled for elementary school replacements. Their plans are very similar and the end products will be almost identical, except for the variance in size. Both buildings are scheduled to have a classroom number that equals their current use, plus one extra classroom for growth. The plans…
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Superintendent’s Corner

  As Thanksgiving Approaches,   As we prepare for Thanksgiving this year, I am once again reminded of the bounty we have for our students in Garfield County. After being hit with about a $1.5 million reduction in revenues for several reasons, the district has fared well and is in a great financial situation to begin the new Bryce Valley Elementary School in Tropic. Over the past several months, we have had several honors that went to our teachers and students. You recall Mr. Ryan Houston was selected for the Huntsman Award. Mrs. Beth Christensen was chosen the SEDC Region Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Jan Frandsen received the honor of 2017 Utah School Nurse of the Year. As well,…
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Antimony Demo Page (Delete After Use)

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Positions Announcements

09-08-2017 Position Announcements
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PES Para Professional Position

PES Para Professional Position
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EHS Head Cross Country Coach

EHS Head Cross Country Coach
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EHS Head Boys Basketball Coach

EHS Head Boys Basketball Coach
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EES SPED Para Professionals

EES SPED Para Professionals
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EES Preschool Para Position

EES Preschool Para Position
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BES Food Service Worker

BES Food Service Worker
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EES Para Professional

EES Para Professional
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BES Para Professional

BES Para Professional
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BES Part-time Custodian

BES Part-time Custodian
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Position Announcements

Garfield County School District is hiring the following positions: Custodian, Food Service Worker, Para Professional, Basketball Coach, Cross Country Coach, and Substitute Teachers. You can find a description for each position under the Employment Tab. (Go to Employment Tab) (Download PDF) Proposals for the two new Elementary Schools Proposals for Engineering Service
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BES Food Service Worker

BES Food Service Worker
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GCSD Request for an Engineer

Request for proposal to provide professional engineering services. NOTICE: GCSD is currently in design to build a new school in Tropic Utah with a future quest to build a new facility at Panguitch Elementary School on this same building location. This study is to guide the decision to keep this gymnasium or remove it when the new school is constructed within 5 years. See the attached PDF for more details.   Download the PDF
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General Contractor / Construction Management

***UPDATED*** Garfield County School Distric is seeking proposals from qualified applicants for Construction Management / General Contractor services including the construction of two new elementary schools and miscellaneous other projects for the five year period beginning October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2022. See the attached PDF for more details. Download the PDF
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Position Announcements

Position Announcements
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Boulder Elementary School Bid for Custodial Services

BES Custodial Bid
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FY18 Salary Schedule

FY18 Salary Schedules
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Bryce Valley Elementary Preschool Teacher

BVE Preschool Teacher
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Bryce Valley Elementary Preschool Para Professional

BVES Preschool Para Position
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PEHP Plan Rates & Deductibles

FY18 PEHP Plan Rates & Deductibles
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PEHP Plan Cost Comparisons

FY18 PEHP Plan Cost Comparisons
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PEHP Opt-Out

FY18 PEHP Opt-Out
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Benefits Summary

FY18 PEHP Benefits Summary
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FY18 USBA-PEHP benefits summary

FY18 USBA-PEHP benefits summary
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FY18 Sick Bank Enrollment Form

FY18 Sick Bank Enrollment Form
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FY18 PEHP Enrollment Form

FY18 PEHP Enrollment Form
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FY18 Legal Liability

FY18 Legal Liability
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FY18 Insurance Plan Rates

FY18 Insurance Plan Rates
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