2020 Bond Election
Emery County School District (ECSD) currently owns the following facilities:
|Facility||Location||Square Feet||Year(s) Built|
|Book Cliff Elementary||Green River||29,580||1975|
|Castle Dale Elementary||Castle Dale||38,266||1975, 1978|
|Cleveland Elementary||Cleveland||33,732||1975, 1987|
|Cottonwood Elementary||Orangeville||36,787||1962, 1980|
|Ferron Elementary||Ferron||43,686||1918, 1955, 1960, 1979|
|Huntington Elementary||Huntington||41,823||1950, 1979, 1984|
|Canyon View Middle School||Huntington||52,080||1975|
|San Rafael Middle School||Ferron||55,440||1975|
|Emery High School||Castle Dale||294,728||1961, 1970, 1981, 1989, 1997|
|Green River High School||Green River||70,292||1979, 2006|
|District Office & Warehouse||Huntington||8,202||1920, 1982|
|Transportation Shop & Garage||Castle Dale||10,000||1985|
|Technology Shop||Castle Dale||2,000||2004|
|Maintenance Shop||Castle Dale||4,000||1985|
|Child Nutrition Warehouse||Castle Dale||9,600||2003|
ECSD commissioned a facilities assessment in 2012. The assessment was completed by VCBO Architecture in 2013. Since that time, the District has established a facilities committee with representation including teachers, maintenance & custodial staff, school board members, principals and district administrators. This committee has worked together, using the facilities assessment as a basis to establish priorities for building replacement and upgrades.
Although ECSD school buildings are older, it is important to mention that they have been well maintained by our maintenance and custodial staff. Our buildings are inspected annually by the State of Utah Risk Management department. Recommendations and areas of concern are provided to the district following each inspection. Maintenance and custodial staff work to resolve these recommendations, ensuring our buildings comply with federal and state guidelines.
The District undergoes an annual capital projects process. Administrators from each school or department submit requests for the larger maintenance needs at each building. These requests are reviewed by a committee and the most critical projects, contingent on available funding, are approved and completed each year. These projects are funded from the capital projects tax levy.
With all current schools built primarily between 1950 and 1980, ECSD will need to replace or significantly upgrade all of our school buildings over the next 20-30 years. In order to responsibly finance these projects, school replacements and upgrades will need to be phased. Beginning this process now is important because it will allow ECSD to spread out the replacement timeline long enough to afford school replacements while keeping tax increases modest. The current bond election is “Phase 1” of a long-term plan and prioritizes schools with the most immediate replacement needs.
The next phases would include building projects for our other schools, also prioritized by need. All schools will eventually need replacement funding supported by voters through bond elections.