New Position to Help Prepare Children For Kindergarten

A new liaison working for Sheridan College and funded through the Whitney Foundation will help children become more prepared when they enter kindergarten.

Scott Stults, Sheridan County School District 2 director of elementary education, announced the new position during Tuesday night's school board meeting.

He said the liaison won't take anything away from what childcare providers or parents currently do. Instead, he said, the liaison's job will be to help support what's currently being done.

Stults said the Whitney Foundation will provide $80,000 a year for the next three years to fund the position.

Also Tuesday night, District 2 trustees approved the district's participation in the School Risk Retention Program, which was put together by a group of school districts in 2003 to provide insurance to districts. Trustees appointed District 2 Business Manager Roxie Taft to serve on the program's joint powers board, which will allow her to select insurance products and programs for the district.

Trustees also approved the district's handbooks for elementary students and parents, approved the board's goals for the 2016-17 school year, and approved the board's schedule of meetings for the coming year. Superintendent Craig Dougherty (DOE-hur-tee) announced that Assistant Superintendent Tom Sachse has been named the Wyoming Curriculum Director of the Year. Dougherty also provided a capital construction update for the board.

Trustees approved an additional memorial fund scholarship of $1,000, which will allow the scholarship to be presented this year to a high school student entering Sheridan College's nursing program.

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