SHERIDAN — Sheridan County School District 1 officials touted cost-savings in the revamped food service program, looked ahead to bigger utilities bills and reviewed resolutions for the Wyoming School Board Association’s annual conference next week. Superintendent Marty Kobza also announced a cancellation of an earlier proposal to shift Tongue River sports.
Tongue River High School athletics will stay in the 2A North East conference. The Wyoming High School Activities Association had asked Tongue River to switch to 2A North West in all sports except football, but because Gillette is building a new high school and will likely add to sports teams in the eastern conference, the WHSAA has rescinded the request.
SCSD1 sold more school meals but cut the cost of production for the first two months of the school year, compared to the same period in 2014-2015. Sales were up approximately 18 percent through October of this year, while expenses have decreased roughly 3 percent, even amid higher labor costs due to raises approved last year. The district raised lunch prices this year, with the biggest increase at $0.45 per meal. But Business Manager Jeremy Smith said the district is also selling more meals, especially at Big Horn Elementary School. The district has been serving local produce and meat since the fall of 2014.
Utilities bills for the district are projected to be higher this year, due mainly to the extra elementary school. While still under construction this year, the new school will cost the district an estimated $11,765 in utilities, tacked onto $47,126 for the old elementary school, in use this year. Smith said that newer, bigger buildings in the district over the past few years have added to the utilities bill, as well.
Options for repurposing the old school will be presented at the January board meeting, Smith said, followed by public hearings on the matter. Smith said the old elementary school will not be demolished.
The board reviewed resolutions submitted by other districts for the state school board association’s upcoming conference. SCSD1 did not submit its own resolutions. Karen Walters, the board treasurer, will serve as SCSD1’s delegate to the WSBA conference Nov. 18-20 in Casper.