The Community Relations Department exists to build public understanding and support for schools in the Davis School District.
It is responsible for maintaining internal and external communications for the district by publishing press releases, annual reports, internal and external newsletters and answering inquiries from the public. It also serves as the liaison between the district, the community and the media and assists in coordinating media coverage of the educational process in Davis schools.
It may sound a bit presumptuous to have a page entitled "Bragging Rights," but we have a lot to shout about. Just scroll down and read about some of what makes the Davis School District proud.
- The Davis School District was established more than 100 years ago in 1911, and continues to grow every year. This year, approximately 800 new students joined the district, bringing its enrollment to nearly 73,000 students. Its mission statement is "Learning First."
- The district is the county' s second-largest employer, behind only Hill Air Force Base, and was the recipient of the prestigious Davis Chamber of Commerce Legacy Award in 2013 and Davis Technical College's Education Partner Award in 2019.
- Its annual budget is more than $853 million and it operates 62 elementary schools, 17 junior high schools and nine high schools.
- The district is home to some of the best high schools in the nation. For instance, Davis and Viewmont high schools were recently ranked among the top 10 in the state by U.S. News and World Report. Bountiful and Davis high schools were also ranked by Newsweek Magazine as two of the top 1,000 high schools in the nation.
- Its test scores meet or exceed state and national averages. Farmington High School in its first year had the highest ACT composite scores in the district.
- It is the first and only school district in Utah to receive system-wide accreditation. It is the first Utah district to have been named to the AP Honor Roll seven years in a row. It is also home to the only K-12 Confucius Institute in Utah.
- Bountiful and Clearfield high schools offer the International Baccalaureate program. Layton High boast a 97 percent graduation rate. Syracuse High received a Learning First Achievement Award for increasing the number of students taking Advanced Placement tests by a whopping 171 percent.
- Davis County residents continually support the district's efforts to build new school buildings and renovate existing schools. Voters approved the district's $298 million Building Improvement and Construction Plan by 61.5 percent in 2015, its $250 million bond by 63 percent in 2009, its $230 million bond by 79.04 percent in 2006, and its $190 million bond by 89.6 percent in 2002.
- The district has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for the past 36 years.
- The district has received the coveted Energy Star Award for 36 of its schools. Even more are on-line to receive it. It is also home to the first net zero-ready school in the state — Odyssey Elementary School — and has since built two others — Kays Creek and Canyon Creek elementary schools.
- The district's high schools boast a graduation rate of 95 percent. It recently received the Best of State Award for its efforts to close the achievement gap for Latino and English Language Learner students. Graduation rates for Latino students rose nearly 10 percentage points to match the district rate. It has been a few years now, but the district was recognized as having the nation's top graduation rate among the 100 largest school districts in the country in 2006.
- This past year, its 4,910 graduating seniors earned more than $41 million in scholarships from some of the top institutions and military academies in the nation.
- The Davis School District is led by Superintendent Reid Newey.
The following are some of the media representatives who work with the Community Relations Office.
If you wish to receive assistance from the Community Relations Office in sharing news about your school or department or about an upcoming event, please call 402-5260 or 402-5633.
KUTV • News desk • 801-839-1222 • email@example.com
KTVX • News desk • 801-975-4401 • firstname.lastname@example.org
KSL • Assignment desk • 801-575-5500 • email@example.com
KSTU • Assignment desk • 801-536-1313 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Telemundo • Kimball Bennion • 801-231-7362 • email@example.com
Davis Journal • Becky Ginos • 801-859-2870 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Davis Journal • Peri Kinder • 801-915-6920 • email@example.com (covering Centerville and Farmington)
Deseret News • Marjorie Cortez • 801-575-5588 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Salt Lake Tribune • Connor Sanders • 801-631-0239 • email@example.com
Standard Examiner • Deborah Wilber • 801-625-4233 • firstname.lastname@example.org
KSL • email@example.com
KUER • Jon Reed • O: 801-587-7452 C: 801-382-7359 • firstname.lastname@example.org
KNRS • 801-908-1509
Gephardt Daily • Nancy Van Valkenburg • email@example.com