Sheridan School District Could Lose $1.2M State Funding

Sheridan County School District 2 could lose more than $1.2 million in funds for the 2016-17 school year if a statewide external cost adjustment isn't solidified in Wyoming's upcoming budget bill.

The district's business manager Roxie Taft told school trustees Monday that Gov. Matt Mead has recommended putting the cost adjustment in the budget bill, but the final decision will be up to Wyoming's legislature, which meets next month in Cheyenne.

Taft said the legislature put no money into external cost adjustments from 2010 through 2014, but did set aside adjustment funds during the last two fiscal years. Her presentation came during a work session to brief school trustees on legislation coming up this year. Assistant Superintendent Tom Sachse (SACK-see) also briefed trustees on other legislation that's been proposed and could affect Wyoming's education system. Among bills that have been released recently, he said, is HB 5, which would prohibit an employer from asking about a job applicant's criminal history, and SF 25, which raises Hathaway Scholarship amounts.

The school superintendent said this will be an important session to monitor legislation relating to funding and accountability in education. He said the school district will create and update bill summaries throughout the legislative session this year.