Plans for Collaborative School on Hold

Plans for a collaborative high school that would be located on the Sheridan College campus in Sheridan, and would serve school districts in Sheridan and Johnson counties are on hold.

Sheridan County School District 2 Superintendent Craig Dougherty says the collaborative school hasn't been funded by the state of Wyoming. In a recent interview with Sheridan Media, he said he doesn't believe the lack of funding is related to the state budget crunch expected next year.

The idea for the collaborative school started with district 2's need for a new alternative school. The alternative schools, which are Fort Mackenzie High School and The Wright Place for junior high students, are currently in the old Highland Park School. The school superintendent said that's where the facilities commission wants the alternative schools to remain.

But if the alternative schools remain at that site, he said, work needs to be done.

In the meantime, the district will continue efforts for the proposed new collaborative school. Earlier this year, Dougherty announced to district 2 trustees that, when built, the new school will be named in honor of the late Sen. John Schiffer, who was noted for his advocacy for Wyoming's public education system.

As planned, the new school was to serve Sheridan County school districts 1, 2 and 3, and the Johnson County School District.

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