Natrona County School District summary of the 2016-2017 budget

(Natrona County, Wyo.) - The Natrona County School District’s Board Budget Committee met early this week and finalized the budget for the 2016-2017 school year. The recommended budget is available on the District’s website at A budget summary will be published on July 13, 2016 with a public hearing scheduled for July 20th at 8:00 p.m. in the Jefferson/East Room at the District Office Building located at 970 N. Glenn Road. The NCSD budget reflects the impact of a 1% reduction in state funding included in the Wyoming State budget that was adopted by the legislature earlier this year. “The Wyoming Legislature continues to be very supportive of education through state funding. They have asked us to operate on 1% less in the year ahead. Natrona County School District is prepared to do our part given the current state of Wyoming’s economy,” stated Board Chair Kevin Christopherson. The District’s General Fund budget, for next year, reflects an overall year over year reduction of $4.4 million dollars or 2.1%. This includes the 1% reduction in state funding and the planned completion and winding down of district projects and programs. “We began preparing for this budget eighteen months ago when the state economy turned down. Every position was examined as it became vacant, allowing us to reduce staffing through attrition thus avoiding layoffs at this time. We are operating the District more efficiently and will continue to do so going forward”, commented Board Treasurer Paula Reid. The budget has been balanced through a combination of budget reduction strategies that draw on the eighteen months of preparation. They include the elimination of seventeen district-level positions through attrition not layoffs, reductions in operating budgets, and continued efforts, previously underway, to improve operational efficiency. Superintendent Steve Hopkins praised district employees, “The employees of the District get the credit for this budget. They came forward with great ideas on how to operate the District with less funding. They stepped up and rallied around the process to balance the budget.” The budget also includes the completion of the construction projects underway. These projects are funded by state and local resources set aside in previous years. This budget reflects the District’s and State’s commitment to the completion of these projects. NCSD Board Recommended 2016-17 Budget For questions or further inquiry contact Kelly Eastes at 307-253-5370. #oilcity #news