Uniontown School

Uniontown School

Webber Creek School

Webber Creek School

Slatington School

Slatington School

The Slatington School House was moved from Slatington (near Kelsey) to its current site in Marshall Gold Discovery Park in 1915, and fully restored in 1995.

Our District History

By 1956, seven K-8, one-room schools had combined  to form the Gold Trail Union School District.  Each school provided a unique and valuable contribution to the students and community, and the Gold Trail Union School District is proud of its historical heritage.  The seven schools were:

►Cold Springs School, organized in February of 1858.

►Coloma School, deeded from the El Dorado County Supervisors in 1861 to the Coloma School District for $50.

►Gold Hill School deeded from Charles and Fredrica Graner for $1.00 in 1868.

►Springvale School organized in 1919.

►Uniontown School deeded from Maurice Eggleston and Andrew Rasmussen in 1859.

►Webber Creek School organized in 1909.

►Greenville School opened in 1909 with a student population of 14.  (The exact location is unknown, and there are no known photos or sketches of  the school).  

 

Gold Trail School was located on its present site at 889 Cold Springs Road in 1957.  This was previously the site of the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony, a venture established at Gold Hill in 1869 by the first group of Japanese immigrants to arrive in our county.  The colony failed within two years, and the land was eventually acquired by Francis Veerkamp.  A state memorial monument to the Japanese is located on the school site.

 

The area had experienced steady growth, which led to the district acquiring a second school site on the corner of Lotus and Luneman Roads.  This site was dedicated on October 26, 1989 and Sutter's Mill School welcomed kindergarten and first grade students in the fall of 1991. 

 

In 1960, Gold Trail's graduating class totaled nine students, in 2017 seventy-five students graduated from the district.  Current enrollment in the district totals seven hundred and fifteen students.

 

Our budget has grown over the years – over a century ago, in 1898-1899,  the Uniontown School District (one of the schools forming Gold Trail) received a total annual income of  $638.66  from the state, county, and proceeds from the Annual Ball Fundraising Event.  Expenses included $6.10 for two cords of oak wood and $479 for teacher salaries.  There were three funds to monitor county, state, and library.  Today we are working with a budget of over six million dollars!

 

In 1858, the tradition had already been established for pursuit of excellence in education for students.  Today, staff dedication continues to reflect this tradition.

Cold Springs School

Cold Springs School

Coloma School

Coloma School

Gold Hill School

Gold Hill School

Springvale School

Springvale School