Superintendent Mark Dockins
Why the need for a change?
What are some proposed solutions?
How much will the proposed solutions cost?
When can the proposed plans be
What is prompting this need for a
Uintah was the fastest growing school district in the
state last year at 4.6%.
Uintah continues to show enrollment growth even while
other counties and states are in economic decline.
Our senior class this year has 391 students which
started with 451 Kindergarten students.
This year our Kindergarten class has 726 students.
Our Kindergarten class for next year is projected to be
Oct 2011 Oct 2012 Oct 2015
School Capacity Enrollment Enrollment Enrollment
East Side Elementary 3500 2860 *3071 *3682
Vernal Middle 1000 928 *971 *1239
Vernal Jr. High 1000 870 *1010 *1110
Uintah High School 1500 1133 *1131 *1302
*Calculated with a five
with a three year
year average average
What are some proposed
Four Possible Solutions
Adopt a Year-Round School Schedule
Build additions onto Vernal Middle and Vernal
Junior High Schools to increase capacities
Bond to build a new high school, move 9th
graders up to the high school level and change
the configuration at VJH/VMS
Complete Current 10 year plan with an
addition at UHS to accommodate 9th graders
and change the configuration at VJH/VMS
More efficient use of building
Research suggests it benefits At-Risk students
Logistics of Scheduling
Additions at VJH/VMS
Cost is not within scope of 10 year plan
Both schools have already been remodeled
How large do we want a middle school or junior
Auditoriums, cafeterias, hallways, safety, space for
addition at VJH?
New Configuration with High
K-5 Elementary schools
Two 6,7,8 middle/junior high school
Grades 9-12 high school
What Supports the Configuration of
moving 9th Grade to High School?
Curriculum and activity needs match better with a
6/7/8 school vs 8/9 school
9th grade credit/counseling
More efficient use of personnel and resources with
9th grade at high school:
UHS: Last School in Ten Year
The scope of the ten year plan for the bond was to
Within the scope of the remodel there are issues with
stadium, cafeteria, auditorium and all mechanicals.
This is planned to be a two year project and is
anticipated to be in the 20M range.
An addition to handle capacity could be accomplished
without raising taxes.
A New High School
Smaller high school atmosphere
More opportunities for students to participate in
How large do we want Uintah High School to be?
Expense of building and purchase of property
Expense of operating a new high school: duplication of
everything a high school needs
Double the travel and expenses for extra-curricular/routes
Lose identity of a single high school community
Cost of Proposals
Year-round School: 1M increase in operational costs
Additions to VJH/VMS:
Reconfiguration with New High School
Bond (50 to 60 M)
Maintenance and Operations
Reconfiguration with UHS Expansion (3.5 M to add classroom
UHS is last school on the ten year facilities plan and we can handle
the cost of the remodel without bonding and raising taxes
Can be accomplished within the scope of the current ten year plan and
When will the proposed
changes be implemented?
1. Year-round School: 2013-14
2. VMS/VJH Additions: 2014-15
3. UHS Addition: 2014-15
4. New High School: 2015-16
Thank you for your attendance.
We appreciate your interest in
what we are trying to