SHERIDAN — At the opening of the Sheridan County School District 2 regular board meeting last night, Sagebrush Elementary music and keyboard teacher Pam Moore was recognized with the 2014 Wyoming Music Education Association’s Northeast District Music Educator award.
She received the award from Sagebrush Principal Mike Wood and she thanked him and the district for strongly supporting the arts districtwide.
The recognition was followed by a presentation from Sheridan High School Principal Dirlene Wheeler who announced that SHS students Gretchen Dougherty and Aaron Campbell were recently named National Merit Scholar finalists.
She noted that they were two of 1.5 million students who initially applied for the recognition and the finalists have now been narrowed to 15,000.
The board also received a construction update from Superintendent Craig Dougherty.
Dougherty told the board that construction at Henry A. Coffeen Elementary School is continuing on schedule and there are two construction related projects he will ask the board for action on in April.
One is a professional services agreement with TSP Architects for renovations to the Sheridan High School locker rooms and the other is an agreement with Malone Belton Abel Architects for replacement of the roof on the Early Building that was damaged in a hailstorm.
SCSD 2 Board Chairman Richard Bridger noted that the locker room expansion project at the high school is of particular importance.
“The new high school isn’t that new anymore,” he said. “It is going on 30 years old and we’ve been perpetually upgrading. This is just an ongoing thing. The locker rooms definitely need a major upgrade and they need an expansion because our numbers have just ballooned.”
Scott Stults, director of elementary education, updated the board on kindergarten registration that was held Feb 12-14. He noted that 238 students registered during the event and another 12 students have been registered since then.
Traci Turk, director of special education, gave a report on SCSD 2’s special education ratings. She noted that approximately 68 percent of SCSD 2 special education students graduate, compared to the state target of 58 percent. Additionally, approximately eight percent of special education students dropout before graduation, compared to the state target of 11 percent. She said the district is meeting or exceeding most state goals for special education students.
Trustee Scott Hininger said the Sheridan Recreation District recently heard a report on Kendrick Pool. It is down to two to three years of life left and there does not appear to be any money from the city available for renovations. The district is looking to partner with the school district to possibly repair or replace it.
“It is an aged facility and it is really in dire need of some major overhaul,” he said.