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LCSD1: Preliminary budget, hot-button issues raised at board meeting

The Laramie County School District 1 Board of Trustees. (Briar Napier, Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Several hot-button issues, including school lunches and the district’s preliminary $325 million budget, were touched on during Monday’s school board meeting. 

The Laramie County School District 1 Board of Trustees went through several issues during the meeting, including school lunches, approval of the 2023–2024 school calendar, and filling several positions in the district. 

The board also went over items on the preliminary budget, which can be found here. As of now, there are going to be several impacts on the budget, including a change in health care, turnover rate for staff and education experience. The combined effect is a decrease in the budget, with the total proposed at $325,341,164.

The budget is tentative, and there may be changes in the future prior to adoption. The district operates on a fiscal year that runs from July 1 to June 30.

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Regarding school lunches, the board voted to grant permission to renew the contracts for USDA Commodities for the Nutrition Services school lunch program.

The board also voted to proceed with a list of facility improvements throughout the district.

The board approved the 2023–24 school year calendar, opted to renew annual maintenance for its student information system software with Computer Information Concepts, and filled several positions.

The first hire is Teresa Ross, who is filling the position of Professional Learning Coordinator. Katie Dijkstal was approved to fill the position of Elementary English/Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator. The position of Assistant Principal/Athletic Director for South High School was filled by Wendy Johnson. 

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All positions are effective for the 2022–23 school year.

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