School District 2 Seeks Expansion of Mandatory School Attendance

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School District 2 trustees again seek legislation to expand mandatory school attendance in Wyoming. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan County School District 2 will try again this year to get a bill before next year's Legislature expanding the age for mandatory school attendance in Wyoming.

District 2 trustees in their meeting Monday night approved a resolution to go before next month's meeting of the Wyoming State School Boards Association that would require children to be in school from age 6 to age 18 or until graduation, whichever comes first.

Ann Perkins, who's the Sheridan school board chair, said the district has been working on this for years.

Currently, students don't have to start school until age 7 and can drop out at 16.

Also at Monday's meeting, trustees recognized Meadowlark Elementary School for receiving its second national Blue Ribbon School designation.

Recognition also went to Sheridan High School student Josiah Richards as a 2020 National Merit Semi-finalist – one of only 20 finalists in Wyoming – and to 29 high school students who have earned AP Scholar awards. Members of the girls' high school tennis team were recognized for their state championship.

Mitch Craft, an assistant superintendent with the school district, presented District 2's standings under the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act. Craft said every school in District 2 is meeting or exceeding the state standards in achievements.

Principals of the district's five elementary schools in Sheridan presented their plans for the students in their schools for this year.

The principal of Story Elementary School is expected to make his report at the trustees' meeting in November.

Members of the state championship-winning high school girls' tennis team were recognized at Monday's meeting. (Photo by Pat Blair)