Community voices need to be heard, says Laramie County School District 1 Board of Trustees Chair

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Published: Aug. 12, 2021 at 6:54 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Board of Trustees for Laramie County School District 1 are responsible for overseeing big decisions being made in our schools. Recently, there have been concerns voiced by the community about their voices being heard by the Board.

Rose Ann Million Rinne, Board of Trustees Chair, said listening to the public is a priority, and there is a reason Board meeting rules are set in place.

“Individuals have to feel safe in their environment to express whether they agree or do not agree with a statement, no matter what their position is, they need to feel like it is safe for them to express their opinions. When we have order and rules and parliamentary procedures, that is why those are there,” said Rinne.

The public are encouraged to attend the meetings. Each participant is given up to three minutes to address the Board, and Rinne said they are held to that standard to maintain order. The Board abides by state statutes and parliamentary procedures when it comes to how the meetings are executed. Rinne said to hear each voice, it is important to abide by the time guidelines; but, there are other ways to have your voice heard.

Rinne said parents can always reach out to Board members, but the best place to start is in the classroom. Teachers, coaches and administrators are good resources to reach out to.

Rinne said the community should remain informed during Legislative Sessions because the majority of School Board decisions that are made on a district level, are initiated at a state-wide or even federal level.

Although difficult cuts to the budget have already begun, Rinne is confident in the capability of the district to adapt to circumstances and to thrive post-COVID.

“There is a lot of work that needs to be done; there will always be, it’s education. There will always be a lot of work that needs to be done and things that need to be shifted and brought up to date, but I love doing it, I love working with these people and they can get the job done,” said Rinne.

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