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Fort Washakie school board OKs budget

Aug 11, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The roughly $46.4 million budget for the Fort Washakie schools consisted of a general fund revenue budget of about $13 million and a $30 million capital projects fund.

The Fremont County School District 21 Board of Trustees held a hearing July 17 and passed its annual budget for the fiscal year ending in June 2014.

The roughly $46.4 million budget for the Fort Washakie schools consisted of a general fund revenue budget of about $13 million, an expenditure budget that included a special revenue fund of $2 million, a lunch fund of $750,000, an early retirement fund of $95,000, a $60,000 housing fund, a $35,000 activity fund, and a $32,000 recreation fund.

Also included was a $30 million capital projects fund that superintendent Terry Ebert said was up slightly from last year's approved budget because of a new facility that was built.

The board also approved a two-tenths mill for the Region V Board of Cooperative Education Services, one-half mill for the Northwest BOCES in Thermopolis, one-half mill for Fremont County BOCES and the one optional mill for the Fort Washakie Recreation Board.

Other board meeting agenda items included the appointment of athletic director Michelle Ferris to represent the district in the Wyoming High School Activities Association. The board approved that recommendation from the superintendent.

Accreditation

District 21 recently received notification of their accreditation status that was recommended and approved by the Wyoming State Board of Education on May 30. The recommendation is based on staff certification, North Central Association accreditation, assurances and district systems.

The district received the accreditation with "follow-up" status as they have determined the district still needs to make improvements. With this status, the district will have one year to improve their processes and systems and can receive technical assistance if needed.

The Wyoming Department of Education recognized that the district has shown improvement in past years, and the WDE staff will follow up with the district in the future and decide if it deserves full accreditation.

Dual enrollment

Central Wyoming College has decided it will no longer fund the "jump start" courses through which Fremont County students could earn college credits while still in high school.

CWC BOCHES has decided to discontinue the practice, with the CWC BOCHES board approving the change during a June board meeting. The decision became effective July 1.

CWC also provides assessors who will help make sure students are enrolled in the right classes and receive college-level coursework.

CWC BOCHES program director Jackie Meeker explained in writing that the school district reimbursement schedule in state community college tuition increased from 75 percent to 79 percent per credit.

The contract expires each year after the end of the academic year.