Senator Okerlund Visits Loa Elementary

Senator Okerlund at Loa ElementaryOn Monday, September 23rd, Loa Elementary welcomed a visit from Utah State Senator Ralph Okerlund.

Superintendent Dr. John M. Fahey and School Board President Curtis Whipple were on hand as Principal Cherie Blackburn gave the senator a tour of the school.

Among the highlights of Senator Okerlund’s visit was a demonstration of physical and chemical reactions from the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum in Mrs. Barlow’s 5th grade class, as well as interactions with the school’s students and staff.

Senator Okerlund, District 24’s State Senator since 2008, and the State Senate Majority Leader since 2013, took a keen interest in the school’s facilities and resources, while asking what the state senate could do to aid in helping districts, administrators, and teachers to better educate Utah’s students.

“As the state with more students per capita than any other, education is always going to be a major focus,” Okerlund said. “Anything we can do to help prepare our children to be competitive after graduation, we’re going to do.”

Wayne School District and Loa Elementary would like to thank Senator Okerlund for visiting, and for showing such a genuine interest in educational issues. 

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WHS Off to Great Start!

Wayne High is off to a superstar of a year! Our theme this year is “Stars in the Making.” In the first day of school, all students received a care package of popcorn, a pencil, and a sticker. Opening assembly included introductions of new students and welcome games for freshmen.

The student body officers hosted a game night and dance after the volleyball and baseball games on Wednesday, August 21. We had a great turnout, and we hope to keep the activities rolling. Spirit Week and an awesome Spirit Dance are in the works. Be in the lookout for more information.

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Back to School 2019

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Welcome Back to School

As we say goodbye to summer, we also say welcome to the start of another school year. I want to welcome back our returning students and add an extra strong welcome to the new students coming to our schools this year. 

I express great appreciation to all parents and guardians for entrusting your most precious children into our care. We are committed to providing the children in Wayne County an outstanding educational experience. 

We are pleased to welcome some additional staff this year. Loa Elementary has a new teacher, Jared Swanson, for the 4thgrade. We have also hired Michael Bray to teach Social Studies and PE in the middle school and foreign language in the high school. The high school has also hired Page Cook to teach language arts and Eric Lafaele to teach math. These outstanding teachers are excited about being in Wayne County and looking forward to working with your children. 

Quality instruction and intervention are of utmost importance to our success. We have steadily improved student performance by supporting highly skilled teachers teaching the core content standards while enriching our schools with libraries, music, and the arts. We will continue to offer classroom and school-based intervention strategies and support services for all students who need them.

As a school system, we can only provide appropriate services to each child, and work with you as a family to meet the educational needs of your children if they are present. Please encourage your children to attend school regularly. One of the best indicators of student success is regular attendance. Please help us, help your child to make daily school attendance a priority! 

I look forward to a year filled with stories of great success and great learning. I am confident that we will blaze a trail filled with success and accomplishment as, together, we launch the best year yet for Wayne County School District.


Dr. John M. Fahey

Superintendent of School

Wayne School District

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2019 Proposed Tax Increase

A public hearing will be held August 7 at 6 pm at the Wayne Middle School Library (75 N Center, Bicknell) about the 2019 proposed tax increase. 

One of the biggest challenges statewide is education funding. The legislature funds education primarily through income tax, but they always look at our 'local effort' (local tax collections) to see if we are doing our 'share'. Due to the relatively low dollar amount (less than .2% of our total operating budget) it's not earmarked for anything specific, but in general:

  • Capital Fund - right now we are saving a good amount of our capital funds (over $300,000 per year) for large long-term projects.
  • Maintenance & Operations or General Fund - used to run the school district, over 73% is used for salaries and benefits for staff.

Details of the increase are shown on the slide below.  

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Special Education Records Destruction Notice

Wayne School District

Wayne School District is required to give public notice before destroying archived special education records.  If you were born before January 1, 1997, received special education services through Wayne School District, and you want to claim your records before they are destroyed, please contact either Diena Riddle or Jamie Webb at 435-425-3813 before Friday, July 12, 2019.  
Records will be destroyed August 1, 2019.

Wayne School District is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Diena Riddle and Jamie Webb
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Wayne School District Office
PO Box 127
Bicknell, UT 84715
(435) 425-3813

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2019-2020 Proposed Budget

The Wayne County School District School Board will review and approve proposed budgets for the period of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 at the board meeting scheduled on June 12, 2019, 7:00 p.m. at the Wayne Middle School Library located at 75 North Center Bicknell, Utah.

The Board will also hold a public hearing on the same date and place to amend budgets for the current fiscal year, July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

Budgets are available to review in the District Office building during normal business hours.

Budget detail is also available here.

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