SCSD #1: 'We Are Facing a Budget Deficit'

Chairman of the Sheridan County School District Board One, Johann Nield, discussed the current budget dilemma the district faces at their latest meeting. (Photo by Chris Foy)
Chairman of the Sheridan County School District Board One, Johann Nield, discussed the current budget dilemma the district faces at their latest meeting. (Photo by Chris Foy)

At their latest board meeting, officials with Sheridan County School District One discussed budget cuts that could be necessary if the state does not grant them an external cost adjustment. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy has the story.


It wasn't the best Christmas message, but officials with the school district said it's the reality. Business Manager for the District, Jeremy Smith, explains.

Chairman of the Board, Johann Nield, expressed frustration with the legislature's practice of finding new revenue streams to feed the reserve fund known as the rainy day fund.

Nield said adding to the state's reserve fund, packed with enough cash to run the state for nine years without any additional revenue, according to Superintendent Marty Kobza, rather than sustaining Wyoming's schools doesn't make sense. He also asked for the public's help in getting the other legislators to see the big picture too.

Smith added to that, saying legislators at the local level understand their current dilemma.

Superintendent Kobza said the legislature has not given the District an external cost adjustment in three years.

Nobody wants this deficit to impact a single student within the district, Smith said, and he was optimistic that their needs can continue to be met.

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