Counties Start Alternative School Talks

Administrators of school districts in Sheridan and Johnson counties met recently to exchange ideas on how best to help students in their alternative schools.

The meeting involved superintendents and other administrators of School Districts 1, 2 and 3 in Sheridan County and Johnson County School District 1.

Among those at the meeting last week was Terry Burgess, assistant superintendent for Sheridan County School District 2. He talked about the reason for the event.

The discussion included alternative schools that are operated by the districts. District 2, which includes schools in the city of Sheridan and Story Elementary School, has two alternative schools, The Wright Place for students at middle school/junior high school level, and Fort Mackenzie for high school students. Academic success of students as measured in statewide tests has been consistently high. At the same time, Burgess said, Fort Mackenzie's graduation rate has been around 65 percent. He added the district will continue to work on raising that number.

At last week's meeting, school officials just started talking about efforts to encourage students and help them stay in school through graduation. Burgess said discussions will continue. A meeting is planned for October, but no date has been set. Sheridan County School District 1 covers schools in Big Horn, Ranchester and Dayton. District 3 is the Arvada/Clearmont area.

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