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Cheyenne schools announce end of 91 temporary teaching positions


CHEYENNE, Wyo. — In a turn for Cheyenne’s education sector, Laramie County School District 1 has begun notifying some staff of the non-renewal of their positions. This move comes as the district grapples with the expiration of federal pandemic aid.

LCSD1 utilized funds from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund to hire additional one-year-only teachers. These positions, created to address the COVID-19 impact on education, will vanish with the funding. Teachers who were hired in these positions were aware that these were temporary positions, according to a release by the district. 

The district has issued notices to 91 affected staff members.

Complying with Wyoming Statute, LCSD1 is acting ahead of the April 15 deadline, allowing teachers ample time to seek new opportunities. This early notification aims to ease the transition for those impacted, offering a chance to explore vacancies within and outside the district.

Details on the allocation of the pandemic relief funds are transparently shared on LCSD1’s website as part of their American Recovery Act plan. Initially, Congress earmarked $13.2 billion for schools nationwide under the CARES Act in March 2020. This figure was bolstered by an additional $54.3 billion from the December 2020 U.S. Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.