At the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Boyd Brown, addressed the community with his plan for Laramie County School District #1 in the upcoming school year.
This is the largest school district in Wyoming – according to the last census it is comprised of 14,070 students and grows 1-2% annually (140 students will be added this year). Brown mentioned schools are not stagnant, and that in some schools, 30% of their students roll over in a year. Despite this roll over, the increase of students within the district means they are close to reaching capacity. Brown shared a local business, Plan One Architects, is conducting a study to assess areas of growth and capacity within the district.
A new strategic plan is also being developed for the upcoming year – the District will be making this as broad as they can. A committee will develop the plan and a variety of organizations will help with vetting. Additionally, community meetings and online web-pages will be created for further feedback.
Brown added the diversity plan from last year will be revised and updated as well. The SPIRIT plan will integrate a cultural facilitator and counselor; however, the school system is still currently searching for a qualified candidate. On August 21st and 22nd, cultural proficiency training for all certified and administrative staff will be held. District wide, training for new administration is also being reviewed. Brown met with 75 principals this week to review this new training – 9 of which are new hires.
Additionally, Brown has partnered with Fred Gallop of the United States Air Force and the Cheyenne Boys and Girls Club to host a new annual event, the “Youth Equality Summit” on August 20th. This event will feature a “Challenge Day” and is comprised of 100 students.
Construction of the new Carey Jr. High is set to complete in the near future as well – this project was slow to start but is still on schedule for completion. The District anticipates moving students into the new building in the Fall of 2020.
The School District is engaging in a variety of partnerships across the district, Brown mentioned a great partnership with LCCC which has aligned on pathways for strong talent flows. Through this partnership, Brown identified a list of their goals for the upcoming school year.