College Campus Making Difference to Alternative School Students

Being on the Sheridan College campus is making a difference to the students attending Sheridan County School District 2's alternative high school.

Scott Stults, an assistant superintendent with the school district, talked about that difference in a recent meeting between trustees of the school district and the Northern Wyoming Community College District.

Stults said the John C. Schiffer Collaborative School students now see freshman and sophomore college students, and they envision themselves being college students. He said they have more aspirations, and it's because they're on the college campus.

Stults said there are now 67 students attending the alternative school, which is the largest class ever. Also, he said, according to alternative high school Principal Troy Lake, the maturity level of the students has risen immensely.

The school district changed the name of the alternative school from Fort MacKenzie High School to John C. Schiffer Collaborative School in 2017, and the first class from the school under that name graduated last spring.

Construction hasn't started on the proposed Schiffer school building, and the school district is currently leasing rooms from Sheridan College for classes. The Schiffer school building will be constructed on land acquired from Sheridan College, and Stults said a bill approving funding for the school is pending in Wyoming's Legislature.

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