Options for Small Wyoming School District Facing State Cuts

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Budget cuts continue affecting schools statewide, even down to a small Converse County District.

Converse County School District #2 officials face cuts of nearly half-a-million dollars next year.

News 13's Tyler Waggenspack spent a day in Glenrock, learning what school officials have in mind to cut back on cost.

It's a quiet Friday in schools across Glenrock as students walk between classes, school district officials worked behind the scenes, addressing cuts.

"We know that we're going to face budget cuts."

Those cuts are roughly 500-thousand dollars or half-a-million to be exact.

Compared to last school year Converse County School District #2 officials dealt with an 800-thousand dollar reduction and for a school district with just four schools, that is a lot.

Superintendent Coley Shadrick told News 13, “Last year we went through budget cuts and felt like we trimmed the fat as far as we could."

Costs saving task force members came up with nine ideas addressing next year's budget, the biggest, reducing the five day school week down to four.

"By looking at a four day week, we're going to improve the quality of instruction Monday through Thursday."

They wouldn't be the only ones implementing a four day school week.

Glenrock High School teacher Ryan Collier said other school districts across the U.S. already use this system.

"They seem to be functioning fairly well and if it's a way that we can save money and save teaching positions, then it's definitely something we need to do."

Shadrick also said roughly 35-thousand dollars gets saved from paying substitute teachers on Fridays.

Around 127-thousand dollars were spent on substitute teachers last year alone.

The idea also puts Fridays aside specifically for their employees.

"If we do get smaller, we have to get more creative, we want to be having those opportunities for collaboration."

Shadrick and his employees will know more about cuts in March once legislators address the budget.

Her added these options were made around students, so it doesn't affect them.

Low enrollment numbers also resulted in less funding than last year.