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SCSD3 officials say budget cuts won’t hurt education efforts

SHERIDAN — After months of planning to absorb a nearly $250,000 cut to general appropriations — just under 6 percent of the total budget — Sheridan County School District 3 passed a 2014-2015 fiscal year budget Wednesday night.

Superintendent Charles Auzqui said the cuts will not have a negative impact on the district’s educational goals.

“It was about cutting the budget in a way that was manageable and the biggest cuts across the board came in our classified staff and some of the things we are doing with supplies,” Auzqui said. “It won’t have an impact on the year because we did a great job of sitting down with teachers and working with the data, focused on putting the money toward what would impact our scores most.”

After a few members of the classified staff retired those positions were absorbed, essentially cutting 1.5 staff members from the budget.

One area of the budget that increased compared to the current fiscal year is federal and state grant money received as the district applied for the Wyoming Bridges grant for summer school and received close to $39,000.

With the money, SCSD3 will be able to offer an extended after-school program as well.

 

In other business:

• The board approved one mill levy for the Clear Creek Recreation District from which approximately $36,000 will be used to support recreation and other community projects.

• The move of the technology server is on schedule and will potentially require the district to be shut down two or three days next week.

• The gym floor replacement project is nearing completion.

• Work being done on the exterior of the building is in various stages with the parking lot completed and the landscaping on track to be done by the end of the month.

• Administrative contracts were approved with no raises.

• High school track head coach Jan Gibbs resigned. Junior high track coach and 7-12 science teacher Ross Walker was given the position. Efforts to fill Walker’s vacated coaching position are underway.

• As part of Auzqui’s goal to develop a 3-5 year plan for major maintenance projects, Dale Buckingham Architects out of Sheridan will conduct a study for the district assessing and planning for future projects.

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