Sheridan County School District 1 board of trustees met for their regular meeting Tuesday night in Big Horn.
At the meeting the board heard an update on the installation of fiber-optic cables, bringing Ethernet access to District 1 – part of Governor Matt Mead's initiative to improve broadband connectivity in schools. Thirteen locations statewide including District 1 were included in a grant for upgrades. Installation was expected in December in Sheridan County, but delays in attaining right-of-way through properties leading into District 1 schools has caused the expected completion date to be moved back to the end of May.
The board also heard updates on construction of Big Horn Elementary. Move-in for the new school is set for March 9, and there will be an open house on April 5 at 6 pm. District 1 Business Manager Jeremy Smith said they have not received the anticipated donations for the new school and for the turf field in Big Horn. He added that this will not pose a financial threat to the district, as they will continue the General Fund subsidy for the next two years to cover the cost of the field and the cost of furniture and technology for the elementary school.
Tongue River Elementary teacher Susan Board, who's taught for more than 30 years at TR, was honored as teacher of the month at the meeting. Also recognized as teacher of the month was Big Horn Elementary's Molly Swan, she has been with Big Horn for 20 years.
Look for a story on upcoming legislative issues and District 1 with Superintendent Marty Kobza later today.