A proposal to create a separate Gillette College district will probably go to Campbell County voters in August.
That’s according to Campbell County Commissioner Rusty Bell, one of the proponents of separating Gillette College from the Northern Wyoming Community College District.
That’s contingent upon Governor Mark Gordon signing off on the bill, which went to his desk last week after passing both houses of Wyoming’s Legislature. Once the bill receives the governor’s OK, Bell said the measure goes to the Campbell County clerk, who will set the election date and open advertising for the seven people who would make up the new college district’s board of trustees.
Under Wyoming statute, elections must be set on the second Tuesday of the month in May, August or November. In accordance with Wyoming statute, Campbell County voters will be asked to approve formation of a separate college district with authority to tax up to 4 mills to fund the institution and, in the same election, will vote for the seven trustees.
Bell said there’s been a lot of conversation about the new college district and a lot of the people he’s talked to are excited about the opportunity.
Gillette College was formed in 1969 as part of the Northern Wyoming Community College District. The college district is operated by a board of trustees elected from within Sheridan County by Sheridan County residents. Bell said there’s a feeling that it’s time for Campbell County to make its own decisions about Gillette College.