Campbell County Schools lose 20 jobs due to floundering economy

(Gillette, Wyo.) This morning the Wyoming School District Coalition announced it has sent a asked the Wyoming State Legislature for a discussion with school district representatives during the Joint Education Interim Committee meeting scheduled for this summer. Their issue is with budget cuts for the 2016 / 2017 school year. "Districts are not asking for more money," said CCSD Superintendent Boyd Brown. "They’re asking the legislature to honor the legislative model so that we can fulfill our collective commitment to Wyoming students and invest in the future." Twenty eight school districts including Campbell County #1, 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 the letter. It 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.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. Campbell County suffers the largest loss of jobs in the state. "The funding cuts were based on an interpretation of a budget footnote to a general appropriations bill, which effectively repealed the current statutory process," the seven page letter reads. "This action raises serious constitutional issues." 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. *20 in Campbell County #1* 7 in Johnson County #1, including 2 school resource officers 9 in Teton County #1 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. *Photo h/t Sergey Klimkin // Pitchengine Communities* #county17 #news