(Gillette, Wyo.) Yesterday at the Wyoming High School Activities Association board of directors meeting in Casper, commissioner Ron Laird reportedly told the Casper Tribune
that "Apparently, construction on the school is going to continue, but
everything else (associated with the school) has been put on hold."
This was part of the concern of the state athletic activities board
regarding whether or not Thunder Basin would have the student numbers to
classify them as a 4A team for competition.
This morning we asked CCSD's Jeff Wasserburger for comment on the article
and whether or not the district has actually stopped planning for the new
South Campus high school beyond hiring a principal.
In a statement to County 17, Senator Wasserburger said that the district is
still moving forward on opening Thunder Basin High School.
"The school board believes that all systems are go at this time," the press
The school board has reportedly asked Athletic Director Cliff Hill to
research the costs of all athletic teams and co-curricular activities.
"These costs include coaching salaries, travel, and equipment for all
activities involved in a comprehensive high school," the statement said. "The
school board will hear the presentation on total costs to open a new high
school at South Campus at a future board meeting."
Thunder Basin is scheduled to open in the fall of the 2017-2018 school
year. But by the start of the next school season, the board of trustees
will look at enrollment numbers of the district and have a better idea of
state funding for the schools. They have stated that they will make a
decision on the opening of Thunder Basin High School at that time.
The district has hired a head principal but is waiting on hiring an
associate principal and athletic director. As of right now, the district
still plans on opening a second high school at South Campus in 2017.