BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Meet Our Trustees
Standing (L to R): Nate Breen - Trustee, Sandy Shanor - Assistant Clerk, Tim Bolin - Vice Chair. Seated (L to R): Mark Klaassen - Clerk, Lynn Storey-Huylar - Chair, Jim Landen - Assistant Treasurer and Marguerite Herman - Treasurer.
Mailing address: LCSD1 Board of Trustees, 2810 House Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82001
Tim Bolin - firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-634-9300
Mark Klaassen - email@example.com or 307-514-0395
Sandy Shanor - firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-634-9412
Marguerite Herman - email@example.com or 307-638-1468
Jim Landen - firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-632-8036
Nate Breen - email@example.com or 307-778-7652
Many celebrations—Many challenges!
We have much to celebrate in Laramie County School District 1. Motivated students are receiving an excellent education in our schools. Graduating students are going on to success in colleges, technical schools and in the job market. Cheyenne students continually bring home honors from national events, proving how competitive our students are.
Research-proven programs are being implemented in our schools, showing great promise for our kids. The AVID program is offering both challenges and support to underachieving students and preparing them for any college in the land. Tutoring, study groups and credit recovery programs are increasing the number of students graduating on time. Curricular changes in our elementary schools are enriching top students while offering instruction and support designed to make strong students out of struggling ones.
While we celebrate success, we recognize challenges. On-time graduation rates in our district have made significant improvement, yet we want to move them higher. We are making significant changes in our junior high schools, intending to deliver a more personal and engaging education to our middle-level students. We are promoting more extra-curricular activities for students, knowing that involved students tend to do better academically.
Many of our current challenges fit in the category of equity. At a time when kindergarten is more challenging than ever before, we have too many students coming in without the skills needed to be successful. To give these students an equal chance to succeed, we have added some preschool experiences to try to bridge the gaps. Promising, indeed, but sadly, these programs are not funded through state funds, so we can offer these to a small fraction of our students.
Our student population continues to increase and overcrowding is apparent in many of our schools. Too many of our students receive daily instruction in modular buildings due to lack of capacity. In addition to capacity problems, our district has a number of old buildings that need replacement.
We greatly appreciate the new and remodeled buildings that have been provided through state funding. These facilities lend themselves to modern teaching techniques that give our students a 21st century education. However, at a time when state revenues are reduced, it appears that it may take many years to bridge the huge equity gap in facilities that we currently see in our school district.
The next (and most critical) step in improving district schools is the replacement of Carey Junior High. Not only does Carey need to be replaced on its own merit, parts of the old building will be used to temporarily house elementary students as their home schools are replaced with new buildings designed for current techniques. A site for a new Carey has already been prepared, but we will be dependent on the critical funding decisions to be made by the Wyoming Legislature in upcoming sessions. Our community members are encouraged to communicate their wishes in this regard to Wyoming Legislators.
Finally, we know that one of the most critical elements of student success is parental support. We appreciate the great parents of our students and thank you for taking an active role in the success of our greatest resource, our kids!Jim Landen
Chairman of the Board