District 2 Proceeds with Plans for Collaborative School Pilot

With or without a building, Sheridan County School District 2 is proceeding with plans for a pilot collaborative high school program to start next fall.

District 2 Superintendent Craig Dougherty said the district continues to work to get the proposed John C. Schiffer High School funded and built, but in the meantime, the district is working on a plan in which high school students would attend classes at Sheridan College for part of the school day.

The proposed collaborative school would be built on the Sheridan College campus and eventually would serve all three Sheridan County school districts and the Johnson County School District. But the pilot program initially will serve just the students of Sheridan High School and Fort Mackenzie, Dougherty said.

Dougherty said Fort Mackenzie has been the top-performing alternative school in Wyoming for years.

Dougherty said the district is looking at bringing 20 to 25 students from both schools into the pilot program. He said the students would apply, and they would be accompanied to the college by a staff member from District 2.

He said the idea is to get the students thinking not just about how to get through high school but about what they can do to be productive citizens. He said having a presence at Sheridan College elevates what the students have access to.