District 2 Leads State in Honors

Superintendent Craig Dougherty - Photo by Pat Blair
Superintendent Craig Dougherty - Photo by Pat Blair

Sheridan County School District 2 is gaining attention in Wyoming and the nation for excellence in academics. Here are some of the highlights.

Last year, Sheridan High School was cited by “US News and World Report” as among the top six percent of high schools in the nation. The high school was also one of “Newsweek” magazine's top high schools in the country in March of 2008 and 2013. Also last year, Fort Mackenzie High School – the district's alternative school – made the highest composite A-C-T score out of all high schools in Wyoming.

In addition, three of the districts elementary schools, Sagebrush, Meadowlark and Coffeen, have already been designated as National Blue Ribbon Schools for excellence. And Highland Park Elementary is a nominee for Blue Ribbon designation this year.

District 2 Superintendent Craig Dougherty credits hard work and accountability as keys to the district's success. He talks about that, and about what the future holds for the district.

The superintendent said of the 12 schools considered by the Wyoming Department of Education as Blue Ribbon candidates for 2014, five were in school District 2. Still other distinctions for the local school district are the following: The district boasted 24 AP Scholars in 2013, six with Distinction and six with Honor. The district has had 66 National Merit Scholar finalists since 2000. Of the 75 full-ride trustee scholarships awarded by the University of Wyoming last year, 10 went to graduates of Sheridan High School.

He noted that the district's budget reflects emphasis on educating its students. District 2 ranks 45th among Wyoming's 48 school districts in spending on administration. The district ranks third among the 48 districts in spending on instruction and the average salaries of its teachers.

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