Davis Board reappoints Superintendent Reid Newey
The Board of Education of the Davis School District approved the reappointment of Superintendent Reid Newey for another two-year term.
“We appreciate what he’s done for the district,” said Board Member Gordon Eckersley. “The level of work, education and respect around the state and even the nation has been increased with Superintendent Newey.”
Board President John Robison agreed, saying: “During the legislative session, many key leaders from the Legislature, leaders from other districts, leaders from the Utah School Board Association, our State School Superintendent Sydnee Dickson, and others, have expressed to me the quality of superintendent we have, which adds to what we feel individually.”
During the recent changes to school learning, Board Vice President Liz Mumford highlighted the positive efforts made by Newey.
“Our recent experiences during the pandemic and COVID-19 really highlighted some of the extensive preparation and work that the superintendent has done to bring us to this point,” Mumford said. “We appreciate that work and look forward to a bright future in Davis School District.”
Higher ed awards $62 million in scholarships
to Class of 2020
The school year may not have ended as the Class of 2020 envisioned, but that doesn’t mean those seniors will move on without accolades.
About 5,172 seniors attending the 10 high schools in the district were awarded more than $62 million in scholarships.
Many are now moving on to higher education at such institutions as George Washington University, Kent State University, Seton Hall University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and West Point. Of course, many are also attending local universities including Brigham Young University, Southern Utah University, University of Utah, Utah State University and Weber State University.
Viewmont High, which has one of the smaller graduating classes, saw more than $10.7 million in scholarships, followed by Davis High with $9.4 million and Syracuse High with $7.7 million.
The graduating class included 2,619 male students and 2,553 female students. Virtual graduation ceremonies were held May 26 for all schools, with diploma walks following at the end of the week.
“You can be proud of yourselves,” Superintendent Reid Newey told graduates. “We hope you feel that pride. We are so grateful for the tenacity and toughness you’ve shown sticking it through until graduation. We know it’s not the typical graduation.”
District recognizes top employees
Congratulations go out to the 40 Best of Davis Award winners.
The Best of Davis Award is the highest recognition given to the top educators and support personnel in the Davis School District. Awardees were chosen from hundreds of nominations sent in by coworkers, supervisors, parents and students.
The nomination, application and endorsements were reviewed and scored by a committee and then the final selections were made. The list of winners includes 15 elementary educators, 15 secondary educators and 10 support personnel.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.Nelson Mandela
Balancing safety and education
By John Zurbuchen, Assistant Superintendent
We are living in unprecedented times. With the pandemic and soft closure of school this spring, as a school community, we demonstrated flexibility and attention to the balance of safety and education as required by the Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, health professionals, and the Utah State Board of Education. As difficult as this has been, we have been overwhelmed by the support and concern of families, students and staff.
Since Feb. 27, Davis School District representatives have met weekly with the Davis County Health Department. During these meetings, we have discussed the progress of the virus, the impact on health, provisioning of supplies related to health, and the cleaning of our facilities. This partnership has been, and continues to be, invaluable to our district as we emphasize safety for all who interact with our district.
Currently, a subgroup of this committee is working to establish the protocols for the opening of school in the fall. At this time, we have every intention to open our schools for the fall term on August 25.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
72,897 students enrolled in 90 district schools
96% graduation rate
$62M in education and athletic scholarships earned by the Class of 2020
54,451 credits earned toward college through Concurrent Enrollment and AP
7 times on the AP Honor Roll
21immersion schools offering French, Spanish or Chinese
$3M raised by Davis Education Foundation for classroom and innovative grants