Action and information filled the hour-long Sheridan School District 2 Board of Trustees meeting Monday night.
Action taken included trustees approving several policies on first and second reading; approval of the 2011-2012 Elementary School Student Handbooks; approval of the 2012-2013 school year calendar, with students returning to class on August 27th;
Monetary action taken: approval of Wyoming High School Activities Association Enrollment Fees in the amount of a $1,300 flat charge and $3,965 flat rate per sport; approval of WHSAA Catastrophic/Liability Insurance Fees in the amount of $4,500 for the upcoming school year; and approval of expenditures to replace technology equipment in the district, including $90,362 for sixty Dell laptop computers and $31,243 for twenty Apple workstations for the SHS Yearbook Lab.
Information included a status report on the capital construction projects in the District and a report from Superintendent Craig Dougherty on the Wyoming Department of Education Learning Initiative Advisory Board. Dougherty says.
State Superintendent Cindy Hill asked Dougherty to chair the advisory board. The board, with the assistance of Dr. Michael Kamil from Stanford University, is in the process ofcreating a template based on the work done in Sheridan District 2.
Dougherty also met June 15th in Cheyenne with members of the legislative Joint Education Committee highlighting the District's achievements in literacy.
Ed Fessler, Director of the Sheridan High School Planning Office, gave an informative report looking at statistics of 2011 graduates' test scores, college plans, and dollars distributed through scholarships and endowments. On the numbers, he says.
During communication from the trustees before adjourning into Executive Session, Trustee Rich Bridger commented that at some point in the future, it might be necessary to have frank discussion about increasing the number of school days, given the demands upon students with testing and teachers with curriculum.
The meeting concluded with Business Manager Roxie Taft introducing Laurie Walsh as her new assistant, and Superintendent Craig Dougherty introducing Angie Winn as his new Administrative Assistant.