BIG HORN — The Sheridan County School District 1 School Board of trustees approved the addition of a preschool program for 3-year-olds Tuesday and updated graduation requirements to accommodate recent legislative changes to Hathaway Scholarship eligibility.

SCSD1 currently offers a preschool program for 4-year-olds in Ranchester and Big Horn and plans to add 3-year-olds to that program with the board’s action Tuesday.

SCSD1 board Chairman Gary Reynolds said the program will run two days a week and will be supported by student tuition.

The board also approved the first reading of changes an update to a form that lists graduation requirements for SCSD1. The new requirements reflect changes to Hathaway Scholarship requirements the state Legislature passed during its recently-concluded session.


Other business

• Reynolds said he and SCSD1 Superintendent Pete Kilbride met with the Sheridan County Recreation District’s Board of Directors this week and agreed to collaborate with the Recreation District on the formulation of a strategic plan.

“We’re looking at a mission statement and goals and a pathway to attain those goals at some point in the near future,” Reynolds said.

Kilbride added that the SCSD1 representatives will assist the Rec District achieve long-held goals.

“The mission they have is what they started with in 2001 when (the Recreation District) was first organized and they have a vision now of where they want to go and where they want to see the Rec District in the future,” Kilbride said. “So they wanted to meet and bring someone in to kind of help them define that vision.”

• Kilbride presented an update on the district’s enrollment and said enrollment has remained steady.

• The board presented Teacher of the Month awards to Big Horn High School Spanish teacher Val Brutlag and Tongue River High School science teacher Dr. Edward Hinzman. The board also presented Apple Awards to Big Horn bus driver Kat Flynn and Tongue River High School secretary Janet Masters.