School District 2 March Report

Seven Sheridan High School seniors are candidates for the Presidential Scholarship program, the most of any high school in Wyoming.
Seven Sheridan High School seniors are candidates for the Presidential Scholarship program, the most of any high school in Wyoming.

What do Katherine R. Brown, Victoria A. Gill, Wynton E. Grant, Dawson J. Osborn, Kayla N. Parker, Tiffany M. Stampka and Dylan M. Todd all have in common? They are the seven Sheridan High School seniors who are Presidential Scholar Candidates, as was announced last night at the March meeting of the Sheridan County School District 2 Board of Trustees.

Counselor of Post-Secondary Education for SHS, Ed Fessler, comments.

Casper also had seven candidates, but they were spread out over two high schools and a home-schooled student.

The average ACT composite score of the SHS seven was 34; 36 is a perfect ACT score.

In other Board news, Trustees approved on first reading policies on the School Year Calendar; the School Day; Curriculum Development; Teaching about Drugs, Alcohol & Tobacco; Special Instructional Programs for Disabled Students; Programs for At-Risk Students; and Home Schooling.

They approved on second reading policies on Classified Staff Fringe Benefits; Classified Staff Recruiting and Hiring; Classified Staff Time Schedule; Evaluation of Classified Staff; and Resignation of Classified Staff Members.

Other action items: the Board approved a request to advertise for bids for the initial summer projects that are in the design phase. At Sheridan High School, the projects include renovation of and code upgrades to the Woodshop; upgrades to the lighting and sound system in the Sue Henry Auditorium; and upgrades and back-up power for the Main Server room.

At Sheridan Junior High School and the Early Building, the projects include replacing doors, hardware, windows and handrails in the Old Gym; ADA upgrades; new carpet and possibly new lighting in the Early Building Auditorium; pool timer upgrades; and upgrades to all exterior doors campus-wide.

And at Sagebrush Elementary School, summer projects include upgrades to the boiler and installation of wall-mounted white boards.

The Board also approved the addition of two new communication services and change in telephone vendors. The first service change request was to purchase a PRI phone line service from ACT. The second service is the installation of a high-speed fiber-optic network, which would connect each school in the district to the network operating center located at SHS. The telephone services change is from Orbitcom to ACT, resulting in a savings of approximately $300 per month.

No action was taken as originally planned to award a bid for the construction of the new Meadowlark Elementary School facility and site work. Facilities Director Julie Carroll is still investigating the three lowest bidders to ensure that they conform to the Wyoming State Statutes and have a qualified bid. Hopes are for board action at their retreat scheduled for March 26th.

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