Trustees to Submit Resolutions to State Board

Sheridan County School District 2 trustees have approved three resolutions for submission to the Wyoming School Boards Association at an upcoming meeting.

The resolutions, which were approved during the board's meeting Monday night, are for the state association to consider submitting to the state Legislature in next year's session.

The resolutions have been submitted to the state organization in past years and call for the kindergarten registration date to be moved from Sept. 15 to June 1, making the age for compulsory attendance in school 6 years instead of 7, and raising the mandatory attendance age of children to 18 years or graduation, whichever comes first.

Craig Achord, who chaired Monday's meeting in the absence of regular chairwoman Ann Perkins, said the increase in mandatory attendance age to 18 is part of an effort to reduce dropout rates. He also explained the rationale behind raising the age for compulsory attendance to age 6.

He also explained the reason for changing the dates of kindergarten registration.

In other action Monday, trustees approved changes in several district policies and heard reports on improvement plans for the district's three secondary schools and an update on Next Level.

School Superintendent Craig Dougherty also updated trustees on the district's capital construction projects, including the proposed John Schiffer Collaborative School. Dougherty said that school remains unfunded by the state. He said the old Highland Park School, which currently houses the district's two alternative schools, is number 1 on the state's needs index list for renovations.