Kobza: District 1 Concerned Over Program Cut

School District 1 Superintendent Marty Kobza at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon in June. (Photo by Pat Blair)
School District 1 Superintendent Marty Kobza at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon in June. (Photo by Pat Blair)

The proposed elimination of Title II is of special concern to Wyoming school districts, including Sheridan County School District 1.

District 1 Superintendent Marty Kobza said he and Jay Curtis, school district superintendent in Powell, talked quite a bit about the program in a meeting recently with Wyoming's congressional delegation.

Kobza said Title II provides the money that school districts use for professional development of teachers and staff. He said the program was cut this year, with District 1's share dropping from $100,000 to $50,000. Now, he said, the administration is proposing to eliminate Title II funding altogether.

Kobza said professional development is a critical component for District 1. And he said while he doesn't think the elimination of Title II funds will end professional development in the district, but it would have an impact on the amount and quality of development that the district is able to provide.

He said if the Title II money goes away, the district would have to supplement professional development from an already tight general fund. He said that could mean elimination of people from the school district's staff.

Kobza said he and Curtis went to Washington D.C. on behalf of the Wyoming Association of School Administrators. He said they're members of the association's executive board and were selected to go to Washington and advocate on behalf of Wyoming.

In addition to the Title II funding, Kobza said school choice has been a huge issue for other states, although Wyoming already allows parents to choose the school district where they'll send their children, regardless of what district they live in. Another issue that's of concern to districts in other states is Medicaid. Again, Kobza said, District 1 doesn't participate in Medicaid and few other districts in Wyoming do.

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Another shot of Kobza. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Another shot of Kobza. (Photo by Pat Blair)

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