USD Superintendent

The new Uintah School District superintendent was announced during a special meeting business meeting on Wednesday.

The Uintah School Board has selected Dr. Rick Woodford to take over the position following Dr. Mark Dockins’ departure at the end of 2019.

“As a board we were thoroughly impressed with Rick’s credentials, public education background and leadership experience,” said Uintah School Board President Kurt Case.

Dr. Woodford is currently the superintendent of Big Horn County School District #2 in Lovell, Wyoming. Woodford earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Utah State University and his Doctor of Education from the University of Wyoming in 2012.

Woodford taught special education at Logan High School from 1993-2000. Woodford coached football at Logan High School, served as special education director for the Lincoln County School District, and served as principal for a new alternative high school and the Star Valley High School in Afton, Wyoming. He also helped establish a gifted education program in the district.

“I am impressed with the community, the Uintah School Board and the overall quality of the Uintah School District,’ said Woodford. “We’re excited for the opportunity to make Vernal our home." Woodford and his wife have seven children and two grandchildren.

According to a press release issued Wednesday, the school board is expected to vote on Woodford’s appointment and contract during its regular business meeting on February 12. Until Woodford’s appointment, Uintah Schools Curriculum Director Jayme Leyba will serve as interim superintendent.

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