Happy spring! Before students and staff depart for the much anticipated two week spring break, I wanted to provide a brief update on district news.
The Wyoming Legislature has recessed after making cuts to education funding, but frankly, we fared better than we feared. Preliminarily, here's where education is headed statewide:
The school finance bill reduces education funding by $27.3m in the next biennium, through changes to special education, transportation, student enrollment calculation, and groundskeepers. These cuts are in addition to the reductions approved during the last legislative session that take effect during the 2018-2019 school year.
SF29, Computer Science, was signed by Governor Mead. Additional bill passage includes creation of an alternative school accountability system, Hathaway scholarship application extension, and the naming of the State Superintendent's office in the Capitol after Estelle Reel.
For the interim session, it appears the focus will be on school safety and security, state accountability, transportation, and a review of the “basket of goods”, among other topics.
Based on preliminary information from the state it appears we will have to absorb approximately $1 million in reductions this upcoming year. As difficult as these cuts will be, we could have incurred deeper cuts. We owe a special thank you to our legislative delegation, Representative Andy Schwartz, Representative Mike Gierau, Representative Marti Halverson, Senator Dan Dockstader and Senator Leland Christensen. Also, our district owes tremendous gratitude to Trustee Janine Bay Teske who spent the entire session in Cheyenne advocating for funding for our schools.
If you have a student starting kindergarten in September, 2018 please be sure to schedule a screening appointment at the school your child will attend. The screening dates are available here.
I hope the next two weeks are full of fun with family and friends and that students return to school on April 9th rested and ready for WY-TOPP, the new state assessment that will be implemented in April and early May.
Thank you for your support and trust in our district.
Gillian Chapman, Superintendent