Teton County schools lose 9 positions due to floundering economy

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Today, the Wyoming School District Coalition for an External Cost Adjustment announced that they've eliminated 92 full-time jobs due to budget cuts, and 9 of those cuts will come from Teton County School District #1. This morning, the Wyoming School District Coalition announced it has asked the Wyoming State Legislature for a budget discussion during the Joint Education Interim Committee meeting scheduled for this summer. Twenty eight school districts -- representing approximately 58,000 of Wyoming’s K-12 students -- as well as the Wyoming Education Association, School Boards Association and Association of School Administrators signed a letter petitioning the Legislature for a meeting. The letter was also issued to Governor Matt Mead and Superintendent Jillian Balow. The coalition of schools objects to the current Legislature using the External Cost Adjustment process the schools established in 2014 to cut from state education funding. The 1% and 1.4% legislative cuts are resulting in the loss of an additional $36 million for districts and 92 jobs in the coming school year. "TCSD recognizes and respects the funding challenges faced by the State of Wyoming. That said, it is important that all involved recognize that a funding model currently exists to ensure that our districts are funded to align with student enrollment and encourage the legislature to let that model work," said Charlotte Reynolds, Information Coordinator for TCSD #1. "Locally we have yet to finalize our FY 2016-17 budget, but we are working hard to carefully examine every aspect of our budget including carefully considering filling vacancies that have resulted from retirements and resignations, while trying to keep budget cuts as far from the classroom and students as possible," Reynolds added. According to the press release accompanying the letter, in addition to planning for increased class sizes, districts are also making deep cuts to classroom and technology budgets, delaying curriculum adoptions and professional learning for teachers. Coalition representative Kelly Pascal Gould provided a breakdown of staff losses across the state: - 9 in Teton County #1 - 20 in Campbell County #1 - 7 in Johnson County #1, including 2 school resource officers - 4.5 in Sheridan County #1 - 14 in Carbon County #1 - 10 in Laramie County #1 - 5 in Lincoln County #1 - 1.5 in Sublette County #1 - 7 in Sweetwater County #2 - 14 from two other coalition districts that asked not to be named *Feature Photo: h/t Sergey Klimkin / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news