Chamber Connect featuring Washington County School District Superintendent Larry Bergeson
Washington County School District is headquartered in St. George, Utah, with over 30,000 students enrolled. The district provides public education for students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade in Washington County cities, towns, and communities including St. George, Bloomington, Bloomington Hills, Winchester Hills, Dammeron Valley, Washington, Santa Clara, Ivins, Hurricane, LaVerkin, Central, Veyo, Enterprise, Gunlock, Pine Valley, Leeds, Hildale, Apple Valley, Springdale, Rockville, Virgin, and Toquerville, covering an area of over 2,400 square miles (over 6,200 square kilometers).
Superintendent Larry Bergeson was born in Blackfoot, Idaho. Shortly after, his family moved to St. George where he attended East Elementary. He later returned to Idaho graduating from Teton High School in Driggs. He attended his freshman year of college at the College of Southern Idaho where he played basketball. During the following two years he completed an LDS mission in Australia. Mr. Bergeson then spent the next three years playing basketball for and attending Utah State University where he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Special Education. In 1982, Mr. Bergeson began his education career at Preston High School in Preston, Idaho. After 4 years in Preston, he spent the next 15 years teaching and serving in administrative positions in Cody and Lyman, Wyoming. He also served from 1998 to 2001 as a member of the Board of Directors for the Wyoming High School Activities Association. He was then lured by warmer temperatures to Washington County and served as principal at Hurricane Middle School for 6 years and as principal of Dixie High School for 6 years. He also served from 2010-2013 on the Utah High School Activities Association Executive Committee.
In 2013, he was selected by Washington County Board of Education as the Superintendent of Schools where he currently serves. He is now in his 36th year as an educator. He and his wife Terry are proud parents of 4 children and 7 grandchildren.