School District 1 holds hearings on alternative school week

Because Sheridan County School District 1 is on a four-day school week, the district must seek the state’s approval of that arrangement every two years.

This is the year for that to happen, and district trustees held a public hearing on the four-day week proposal at their meeting in Big Horn earlier this week. Superintendent Pete Kilbride said no parents attended the meeting to speak for or against the proposal.

Kilbride said there will be a public hearing on the issue next month at the district’s meeting in Ranchester. School District 1 operates the schools in Big Horn, Ranchester and Dayton.

He said in addition to the public hearings, the district has sent out a survey to all of the district’s patrons to get additional feedback. He said once that’s collected, the district will decide whether to continue the four-day school week.

After that, he said, if trustees decide to continue that schedule, they will seek approval from Wyoming’s public education department.

Kilbride said if the district again receives approval from the state for the four-day school week, it will cover the years of 2021-22 and 2022-23.

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