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Laramie County School District #1 discusses potential impacts from educational budget cuts

Published: Mar. 3, 2021 at 7:32 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon during his “State of the State Address” Tuesday, March 2nd addressed “the biggest elephant in the Capitol this year is the future of Wyoming’s K-12 education system.”

Why it is such a hot issue, the state of Wyoming is facing a financial deficit that continues to sky-rocket. Educational spending is one of the driving factors of the equation and one that needs to be addressed. The legislature is considering making cuts to K-12 education spending. Introducing House Bill 61- which is drafted to decrease Wyoming’s School Foundation Program financial allocation in fiscal year 2022, according to the Legislative Service Office.

These cuts will be a ripple effect across the cowboy state, largely impacting many school districts that are already facing financial hardships.

Laramie County School District #1 will also not be immune to these cuts. After speaking with the Finance Director of LCSD1- Jed Cicarelli, he says the potential cuts that the county may be facing, will be the largest they have seen in years.

He says, “The impact could be significant to our district. Our baseline assumption at this point, is about seven-percent cut. What that means for our district is upwards of $15 million dollars.” Jed adds, “We do know in some shape or form the district is going to incur some type of revenue reduction. The exact magnitude, we still don’t have a firm grasp on as of yet. We have started to take steps to address the upcoming reduction. Which will probably be the largest we have seen in a long time.”

There is a potential that the budget reduction could reach $20 million dollars for LCSD1. In an industry whose foundation is personnel, this will have a broad affect on the Cheyenne community.

“Removing $20 million dollars from our school allocation, it will impact the community, our staff and its going to impact our students. When you are a school district, your main resource is people. We are in the business of educating kids, for us to say it’s not going to impact people or our staff is just not accurate. In some shape or form, it’s going to impact staff in turn, its going to impact kids.”

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