State Eyes Sheridan Schools as State Models

Superintendent Craig Dougherty -- Photo by Pat Blair
Superintendent Craig Dougherty -- Photo by Pat Blair

The quality of teaching, and level of learning, in Sheridan County School District 2 has attracted the attention of Wyoming Governor Matt Mead – who wants to see that success replicated statewide.

District Superintendent Craig Dougherty said as a result of conversations he has had with the governor, he has been asked to provide feedback to the University of Wyoming on how the university can improve the teacher training program.

District Director of Elementary Education Scott Stults says the state is interested in how the school district and staff are sustaining a quality of education that consistently earns honors for the schools and faculty. The education director noted the district is among the highest – if not the highest – performers in the state in terms of academic achievements.

Three Sheridan schools have been designated National Blue Ribbon Schools, and a fourth is a nominee for Blue Ribbon designation for this year. Sheridan High School has received national recognition as one of the top high schools in the country. Fort Mackenzie High School – the district's alternative school – last year made the highest composite ACT score out of all high schools in Wyoming.

The education director said success is due to the district's focus on everystudent.

He said the district's power lies not in theory but in seeking the best practices and applying them in the classroom.

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