Education

In one of the most unexpected conclusions to a school year ever, area students are set to receive diplomas this week from the five San Juan School District high schools. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in at-home education during the entire fourth quarter of the school year. While the hundreds...
In addition to dealing with the uncertainties of a worldwide pandemic, the San Juan School District faces financial challenges related to paying competitive wages to teachers. Superintendent Nielson, Business Administrator Kyle Hosler, and Human Resource Director Matt Keyes discussed the challenge...
The virtual education of local students, mandated by the COVID-19 crisis, will evolve into a virtual graduation for students in the San Juan School District. At the May 6 meeting of the school board, normal, traditional graduation ceremonies will not be allowed for the Class of 2020. The meeting...
Sixteen hard-working educators in the San Juan School District received a surprise during the last week of the school year: a $4,600 bonus.  The teachers earned the bonus as a result of growth in the test scores of students in their classrooms.  This is the third year of an incentive program that...
Utah State University (USU) Blanding will be honoring their 2020 graduating class this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The Class of 2020 consists of 29 certificates, 71 associate, 26 bachelor’s, and 14 master’s degree receipients. Nine of the 140 students receiving a degree or certificate will...
The hallways and classrooms are deserted. The gymnasiums and cafeterias are silent. The school buses are empty. For youngsters of the 1980s, it seems like the world of the movie “Red Dawn” has come true. It’s not true, of course, but for the first time in modern history, life at schools in San Juan...
Two students from San Juan County earned the title of Sterling Scholar and 17 more were named runners-up at the annual Southeast Utah Sterling Scholar competition. The initial competition, scheduled to take place on March 18, was delayed because of the new coronavirus pandemic. Judges and officials...
Despite the fact that school buildings are closed to students, the San Juan School District is working at full capacity to educate and feed children. “Not to say that things are perfect, but we have seen a tremendous amount of teamwork,” explained Superintendent Ron Nielson. “It has been an...
Beginning March 16, schools in the San Juan School District will be under a “soft closure” for the following two weeks as part of a massive public health response to slow the spread of coronavirus. San Juan School District Superintendent Ron Nielson called the action a “school dismissal” but added...
Shari Griffin, an art teacher at Monticello High School, is the 2020 Teacher of the Year for the San Juan School District. Griffin was honored for her work at a March 2 banquet. Monticello High School Principal KC Olson said, “Shari Griffin is a valuable asset to our MHS team. As a member of our...

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