Athletics not only cuts being made at colleges

Numerous cuts have been made at the Northern Wyoming Community College District to make up for a $4 million loss in funds. (Photo from Sheridan Media files)

While suspension of Division I athletics at Sheridan and Gillette colleges drew a lion’s share of attention at the Northern Wyoming Community College District trustees’ meeting this week, they aren’t the only cuts being made.

College District President Dr. Walt Tribley said in order to balance the budget for the fiscal year that started this week, expenses at the colleges had to be reduced by $4 million.

In addition to the Division I athletic cuts, rodeo team expenditures have been reduced, and those two reductions together amount to around $2.8 million. In addition, two academic programs – culinary arts and hospitality management – have been eliminated, a reduction of about $300,000.

Also discontinued is Gillette College’s Energy City Voices, a touring college show choir, eliminating $200,000. The district’s campus police department at Sheridan and Gillette colleges will be disbanded, a reduction of about $260,000.

The budget includes elimination of seven open positions for another $260,000, and reduced traveling and the selling of motor pool vehicles is expected to cut another $400,000.

Dr. Tribley said all scholarships awarded to students at the colleges will be honored, and all students impacted by the cuts will keep their scholarships. He said all student athletes at the colleges will be released, and students in the discontinued academic programs will have an opportunity to finsh the program and get their degrees or certificates.

Tribley said all affected full-time employees in the district were offered a severance package, and those that qualify for the early retirement option can take advantage of that.



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Ezra petersen

The cutting of the police department was wise, this was a department that never should have been created in the first place. None of the other community college districts in Wyoming had their own police force. Sheridan College, like every other community college in this state, exists within the boundaries of a city that has an overstaffed police force looking for action that will come at a seconds notice to back up the rent a cop forces. It’s savings that simply couldn’t be passed up, but the creation of this force in the first place shows the colleges arrogance and complete disregard of any responsibilities of the tax dollars they are spending .