School District 1 Sees Budget Increase

Sheridan County School District 1 has seen an increase of about $900,000 in this year's budget over that for the fiscal year that ended on June 30.

District 1 Superintendent Pete Kilbride said the budget approved by school trustees in a meeting earlier this week was for about $15.8 million for operations, compared to $14.9 million the preceding year.

Kilbride said all of the increase is from the state of Wyoming. School District 1 receives about $15,000 per student, and he said enrollment increased both in the district's physical schools in Big Horn, Ranchester and Dayton and in the online Cowboy State Virtual Academy.

As a result of the additional funds, Kilbride said all of the district's employees received both raises and step increases this year. He said that's something the district hasn't been able to do for the past five years.

In addition to a raise in the base salaries for employees, Kilbride said the district gave back step increases to employees whose salaries were frozen in 2015/16. He said that amounts to about $800 per person.

Kilbride said about 85 percent of the district's budget goes toward salaries.