School District 2 Opts Out of SEEDA

Sheridan County School District 2 wants to withdraw from participation in SEEDA, which is the Sheridan Economic Educational Development Authority Joint Powers Board.

School trustees have sent letters to the city of Sheridan and the Northern Wyoming Community College District asking them to approve the district's withdrawal.

District 2 Superintendent Craig Dougherty said when the school board first became involved in the economic and educational authority, the focus was on a preschool program. But he said the focus has changed over time, and school district trustees believe they can achieve the district's goals and work with the city and college district without being members of the joint powers board.

The college board, which governs Sheridan College and campuses in Gillette and Johnson County, approved the school district's withdrawal last week. The city of Sheridan has not yet acted on the request.

The economic and educational development authority was launched to create a workforce and economic development plan for Sheridan in which local education plays a role in helping local businesses and attracting new business and job opportunities.

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