Brett Gifford

Brett Gifford

Brett Gifford

We are please to announce the selection of Brett Gifford as the Assistant Principal of Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School. Brett will replace Desirae Roden in July when she moves to her new assignment as the principal of Tonaquint Intermediate School.

Brett was born and raised in St. George, Utah where he attended Pine View High School. He is a graduate of Dixie College and Southern Utah University where he completed a dual major in Physical Education and Special Education.

He started his teaching career as a Special Education Teacher at Pine View Middle School and then two years later moved to a Special Education position at Pine View High School for seven years. He earned his master's degree with an administrative endorsement from Southern Utah University in 2009. He returned to Pine View Middle School teaching Physical Education and working as a Learning Coach and Data Coach. This past year he had the opportunity to work at Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School as a teacher on special assignment preforming duties as an assistant principal. He has completed 17 seasons as an assistant football coach at Pine View High School and 8 years as a former head wrestling coach for Pine View High.

Brett boasts that he has been happily married to his wife Jennifer Terry Gifford for almost 19 years. They have four children, Kesley (18 years old), Corben (15 years old), Makayla (14 years old), and Brielle (10 years old).

He has enjoyed the time at each school location working with their amazing staffs. He is looking forward to continue working with the great staff at Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School.

Please join with us in congratulating and welcoming Bret Gifford to his new position.

Water Canyon News

Jack Eves

jack eves

The District is pleased to announce the selection of Jack Eves as the Principal of Water Canyon High School. Jack has served as the acting principal of the high school since July 2018, when Darin Thomas moved to HHS.

Jack Eves earned his Secondary Education Degree from Southern Utah University and his Master’s Degree and Administrative License from Grand Canyon University. He began his educational career at Hurricane Middle School. He then accepted an opportunity to move to Water Canyon School as the Title I coordinator and then assistant principal. He has a great love for the students, parents, teachers and staff at Water Canyon High school. Jack is honored and very excited about formally beginning his new responsibilities at the school he cares so much about.

Jack is supported by his wife, Gina. She enjoys working as an English Teacher at Hurricane High School. They have three children who keep them very busy. Jack enjoys spending time with his family and supporting his children in all of their various activities. As a family, they enjoy camping, fishing, boating, taking road trips, and playing sports.

Please join with us in congratulating Jack Eves.

Tonaquint Int. News

Deseire Roden

desire roden

The Washington County School District is pleased to announce the selection of Desirae Roden as the Principal of Tonaquint Intermediate School. Desirae will replace Principal Barbara Garrett upon her retirement on July 1st, 2019.

Desirae was raised in Shelley, Idaho and boasts that she grew up with the distinct honor of being a Russet, Shelley High School being the only school in the nation with a potato for a mascot. After graduating in 1997, Desirae attended Southern Utah University where she majored in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis on teaching. She graduated in 2001 and went back to receive her Master’s Degree and administrative endorsement from SUU a few years later.

Desirae began her teaching career at Green River High School. While at GRHS, she taught every FACS class along with being the Student Council Adviser, and was an assistant coach for the volleyball and girls’ basketball teams. In 2004 she moved to St. George and began teaching FACS at Hurricane High School. She became the assistant principal at Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School in 2009, and for the last ten years has enjoyed working with their staff and students. She is quick to note that she will miss being a part of such a great school. At the same time, she looks forward to developing great relationships at Tonaquint Intermediate and is excited for the opportunity to be the next principal of that school.

Desirae has two children and has been married for nearly twenty years to her husband, Dan, who teaches Language Arts at Snow Canyon Middle School. She loves learning, reading, spending time outdoors and has recently discovered kayaking!

Please join with us in congratulating Desirae Roden in her new assignment.

Notice of Public Hearing

Notice Public Hearing

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Washington County School District
121 W Tabernacle, St. George, Utah 84770
February 12, 2019
4:30 PM


PUBLIC HEARING FOR PRIORITY CHANGE OF BOND ITEM –
The Washington County Board of Education will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 4:45 p.m. to receive public comment on a proposed priority change to specific items included as part of the approved Bond Projects for 2019-2023.

 

PUBLIC HEARING FOR PROPOSED BOUNDARY CHANGE AND SCHOOL RE-PURPOSING –
The Washington County Board of Education will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at
4:30 p.m. The purpose of this hearing is to receive public comment on a proposed change to the boundaries
of Coral Cliffs Elementary and Dixie Sun Elementary schools. The boundaries of Arrowhead Elementary,
Diamond Valley Elementary, Red Mountain Elementary, Santa Clara Elementary, and Sunset Elementary
schools would also be adjusted to take in additional students. As part of this change, the Coral Cliffs
Elementary building will be re-purposed as a professional development school and as a District program
facility. In addition, Dixie Sun Elementary will begin a dual-language strand/hybrid in order to
accommodate the increased enrollment from the new boundary students. A map of the proposed boundary
changes and adjustments can be viewed at www.washk12.org.

PROPOSED BOUNDARY CHANGES - MAP

Nate Esplin - Board News

Nate Esplin

School Board News - The Washington County School District Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection of Nathan Esplin as the Executive Director of Elementary Education Effectiveness. While the position has changed, Nate will replace Bob Sonju who will open the new Washington Fields Intermediate School. Nate's new assignment begins on March 18th.

Nate grew up in Santa Clara, Utah where he attended Santa Clara Elementary and later graduated from Snow Canyon High School. He received a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Education Degree from Southern Utah University. Most recently, he received a PhD in education from Utah State University. Nate started his education career by teaching fourth grade at Coral Cliffs Elementary. He then spent six years as the principal of Sunset Elementary. In 2013 he had the opportunity of helping open Crimson View Elementary.

Nate is the proud father of five boys and one girl. In his free time, he enjoys attending his kids sporting events and watching baseball. He is excited about this new opportunity, but will greatly miss the wonderful school community at Crimson View.

Please join us in welcoming Nate to his new assignment.