Emery County School District
2020 Bond Election
Long-Term Plan

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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.