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  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.” The program is based on student transportation travel times from their home to school and their potential travel time should their school be closed due to consolidation.  Since Garfield is…
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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 occurred. Re-inspection for asbestos must occur no less than every three years with periodic surveillance on asbestos containing materials that still remain in the building, to occur no less than…
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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 will already have drafts for expansion, should additional classrooms need to be added in the future. I met with the faculty of BVES on two different occasions, specifically to get…
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Garfield School District Mission:

  • Provide a Positive Learning Environment

  • Support Academic Excellence

  • Encourage Parent and Community Involvement

  • Ensure Fiscal Responsibility and Transparency

Our Schools

Panguitch High School
Panguitch High School
Bryce Valley High School
Bryce Valley High School
Escalante High School
Antimony Elementary School
Antimony Elementary
Bryce Valley Elementary
Bryce Valley Elementary
Boulder Elementary School
Boulder Elementary
Escalante Elementary School
Escalante Elementary
Panguitch Middle School
Panguitch Elementary School
Panguitch Elementary School