District 2 Continues to Work for Collaborative School

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From left, Assistant Superintendent Scott Stults, Superintendent Craig Dougherty, and Assistant Superintendent Mitch Craft. (Photo by Pat Blair)
From left, Assistant Superintendent Scott Stults, Superintendent Craig Dougherty, and Assistant Superintendent Mitch Craft. (Photo by Pat Blair)

A proposed collaborative school that would be on the Sheridan College campus and would be used by all three Sheridan County school districts plus the Johnson County school district remains unfunded by Wyoming's Legislature.

But Sheridan County School District 2 Superintendent Craig Dougherty said efforts continue to make the school a reality.

The proposed John C. Schiffer Collaborative School would be an alternative high school. District 2's current alternative schools, Fort MacKenzie High School and The Wright Place, are located in the old Highland Park school building which, Dougherty said, is Number One on the state's school needs index. He talked about the collaborative school during Monday's board of trustees meeting.

Also Monday, principals of Sheridan's five elementary schools outlined their schools' improvement plans. The schools are Sagebrush, Meadowlark, Henry A. Coffeen and Woodland Park. Story Elementary School, which is also owned by District 2, wasn't included in the presentation, but Dougherty said that's because of the school's size. He elaborated in an interview with Sheridan Media after the meeting.

In other matters Monday night, trustees recognized trustees Richard Bridger and Hollis Hackman for their years of service to the school district. Bridger is resigning from the board and seeking a seat on Sheridan's City Council, and Hackman opted to run for the District 51 seat in Wyoming's House of Representatives. Trustees also recognized Ryan Fuhrman, a teacher at Sheridan Junior High School who was honored in September as Wyoming's teacher of the year for 2016.

Trustees in other action approved the donation of a surplus school bus to the Sheridan Recreation District, and approved the sale of three other surplus school buses. They also authorized the district to advertise and accept bids for the sale of two surplus pickup trucks. Sheridan High School Principal Brent Leibach formally announced that the October Dining for a Cause at Frackelton's restaurant in downtown Sheridan raised more than $32,000 for the high school's “We the People” and computer programming organizations.

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District 2 Trustee Hollis Hackman. (Photo by Pat Blair)
District 2 Trustee Hollis Hackman. (Photo by Pat Blair)
District 2 Trustee Rich Bridger. (Photo by Pat Blair)
District 2 Trustee Rich Bridger. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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