District 1 Trustees Get Good News About Budget, G.I.F.T. Program

Sheridan County School District 1 trustees learned Tuesday night that the district's preliminary budget for next year is almost $1 million over the current year's. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan County School District 1 trustees got good news Tuesday night about the district's budget for next year, and about a program aimed at getting parents to read to their children.

The budget news came from Business Manager Jeremy Smith, who said preliminary general budget figures for the year that starts on July 1 are up almost $1 million from the general budget adopted for the current year.

Smith said the general budget for this year was just over $14.9 million, and next year, the district will have just under $15.9 million.

Smith said the additional money has enabled District 1 to add some staff in places that are important and needed, and has allowed the district to improve the compensation packages for all employees. Trustees voted unanimously to accept the preliminary budget.

The reading program is Project G.I.F.T., a program started by Tongue River Elementary School Principal Annie Griffin that provides a free book every month to children from birth to the time they enter kindergarten.

Griffin the program is a partnership with Wren Foundation, and funding has been requested from the Homer A. Scott Mildred S. Scott Foundation. She said the program was started in February, and is seeking to be funded for four years.

TRE Principal Annie Griffin talks about Project G.I.F.T. (Photo by Pat Blair)