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Tax Payers Association award

Washington County School District was presented with the “leader in cost-effective school building construction” award for the State of Utah. The Utah Taxpayers Association recognized Washington County School District for our low-cost, tilt-up school building construction method.

“Washington County School District has proven that school buildings can be built to last, and still be cost effective and efficient,” said Howard Stephenson, president of the Utah Taxpayers Association and State Senator from Draper. “They’ve shown that new school buildings can look good and still save tax-payer dollars.”

Tilt-up school building construction has been used in Washington County School District for more than 15 years. It has been shown to be 20-25 percent less expensive than traditional construction methods. School buildings in Washington County have a 60+ year life expectancy, and have been proven to be up to 38 percent more energy efficient than schools built just 25 years ago.

The Utah Taxpayers Association Award Plaque

Plaque Inscription: The Utah Taxpayers Association - recognizes - WASHINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT - as Utah's leader in cost-effective school building construction. September 28, 2017

Bond Quick Facts

  • The amount of the proposed bond is $125 million
  • The bond is tax neutral meaning taxes will not increase but would be frozen at today’s tax rate
  • The proposed bond will fund new security measures for ALL schools in Washington County
  • The proposed bond will fund 3 new schools
  • More than 2,000 NEW students are projected to enroll in the District by 2020-21

For more info, please visit - washk12.org/bond

How Can Washington County's Tax Rate Remain the same with the 2018 bond?

  • Structuring new bonds in layers: As old debt is paid off, new bonds will be issued reducing the impact on taxpayers.

  • Refinancing of old debt and aggressive pay-off of previous bonds.

  • Accelerated growth in our community because of new residences.

  • Our AAA rating is comparable to a personal credit score of 850 (FICO).

Why Bond?

Southern Utah's population is exploding. Here are a few news articles that speak to this. 

  • USA Today - St. George, Utah, is nation’s fastest-growing metro area, Census says
  • KSL News - 5 Reasons St. George is America's Fastest-Growing City

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2015-2016 Board Minutes

2014-2015 BOARD MINUTES         

Minutes of Special Meetings Held

Board meeting minutes are posted online after receiving board approval in the next successive meeting.


Board meetings are generally held the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

The open meeting begins at 4:00 p.m. and is held at the
Washington County School District Office located at
121 West Tabernacle Street in St. George, Utah.

Those desiring to address the Board may do so in writing or during open agenda time (limited to three minutes).
The Board may deem it necessary to schedule special meetings; if so, public notice will be given.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals needing special accommodations
(including auxiliary communicative aids and services) during this meeting should notify Lyle Cox at 673-3553,
at least five working days prior to the meeting.


2018-19 School Year

Thursday, August 2nd

  • Welcome Back Administrators 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • District Office Board Room:

Tuesday, September, 18th

  • Start time-  8:00 am.
  • District Office Board Room

Tuesday, October 16th

  • Start time – 8:00 am
  • District Office Board Room

Wednesday, November 14th

  • Start time – 8:00 am
  • District Office Board Room

Thursday, December 13th

  • Start time – 7:30 am
  • Principals’ Breakfast at the Cracker Barrel

Tuesday, January 15th

  • Start time – 8:00 am
  • District Office Board Room

Wednesday, February 20th

  • Start time – 8:00 am
  • District Office Board Room

Tuesday, March 19th

  • Start time – 8:00 am
  • District Office Board Room

Tuesday, April 16th

  • Start time – 8:00 am
  • District Office Board Room

May:  No Meeting


"Improve Student Achievement"


Ensure high levels of learning for EVERY student.


 Key Components of Education 


The WCSD supports full implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLC).


  • Improve academic achievement in English Language Arts.
  • Improve academic achievement in mathematics.
  • Continue to enhance parental involvement and improve parent/school communication.
  • Continue implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLC) to include response to interventions K-12, to include at-risk and high achievers.
  • Increase graduation rates.

Washington County School District
Parental Rights in Education
Utah Code 53A-15-1501
The following outlines the Parental Rights in Education in the Washington County School
District as prescribed by Senate Bill 122 from the 2014 Utah State Legislature. The Washington
County School District recognizes that the parent or guardian is the primary person responsible
for the education of their student, and the school is in a secondary and supportive role to the
parent or guardian. As such, the parent or guardian has the right to reasonable academic
accommodations as specified below.
“Parent” means parent or legal guardian.
“Reasonably accommodate" means a school shall make its best effort to enable a parent or
guardian to exercise the rights listed below
(a) without substantial impact to staff and resources, including employee working conditions,
safety and supervision on school premises and for school activities, and the efficient allocation
of expenditures; and
(b) while balancing:
(i) the parental rights of parents or guardians;
(ii) the educational needs of other students;
(iii) the academic and behavioral impacts to a classroom;
(iv) a teacher's workload; and
(v) the assurance of the safe and efficient operation of a school, and
(c) each accommodation shall be considered on an individual basis.
The school shall reasonably accommodate the following:
1. A written request to retain a student on grade level based on the student’s academic ability
or the student’s social, emotional, or physical maturity. (WCSD Policy 4800)
2. An initial selection of a teacher or request a change of teacher.
3. A request to visit and observe any class their student attends.
4. A written request to excuse the student from attendance.
(Note: Students are responsible for the completion of any work missed due to absence,
regardless of the reason for the absence (excused, unexcused, truant). (WCSD Policy 2900)
5. A written request to place a student in a specialized class or an advanced course.
(Note: The school shall consider multiple academic data points when making such a
determination.) (WCSD Policy 9200, 9201)
6. Allow a student to earn credit toward a high school diploma without completing a course by
(a) testing out of the course, or
(b) demonstrating competency in course standards.
7. A request to meet with a teacher at a mutually agreeable time if the parent is unable to
attend a regularly scheduled parent teacher conference. (WCSD Policy 4030)
8. A written request for a student to opt-out of testing that is administered statewide or the
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
9. Each parent shall receive a copy of the school’s disciplinary policy and acknowledge its
receipt by their signature. (WCSD Policy 2110)
10. The parent shall be notified of the student’s violation of the school discipline policy and
allow for the parent to respond to the violation in accordance with current policy.
August 2014
March 2016

District Office

121 West Tabernacle
St. George, Utah 84770
T: (435) 673-3553
F: (435) 673-3216
Monday - Friday | 7:30am - 4pm

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