Woodland Park School Receives National Award

Tony Wendtland, left, was elected vice chairman and Ann Perkins chairman of the District 2 school board Monday night. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan's Woodland Park Elementary School has received a National Title 1 Distinguished School Award.

Sheridan County School District 2 Superintendent Craig Dougherty announced the award during Monday night's meeting of the district's board of trustees.

Dougherty said the school will be formally recognized at the trustees' meeting in January.

The school board also received awards from the Wyoming School Board Association in recognition of the trustees' dedication and commitment. Dougherty said former board member Hollis Hackman was recognized with a separate award from the WSBA.

In other matters Monday, trustees awarded sale of two vehicles to Joel Bailey, who was the high bidder on both. One vehicle was a 1984 three-quarter-ton pickup with plow, for a price of over $1,600, and the other was a 1971 Suburban with plow, for a price of just over $900.

Trustees also accepted a donation from Java Moon of coffee cards for each District 2 employee, and approved eight policies. Three of the policies received first-reading approval, and five were approved on second and final reading.

Dougherty also reported on the district's capital construction projects. He said the proposed collaborative school that would be built on the Sheridan College campus is still unfunded, but the district will be working with the Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee and the Select Committee on School Finances to include funding for the school in the 2017 supplemental budget.

Dougherty said Sheridan's Sen. Bruce Burns will be co-chair of the JAC starting next year, and said Burns has been a tremendous advocate for the collaborative school.\

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New trustee Shane Rader took his place on the school board Monday. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Also taking their seats for the first time Monday, new trustees Terry Burgess, left, and Mike Sweeney. (Photo by Pat Blair)