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SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
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It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the superintendent of Laramie County School District 1 (LCSD1), the largest school district in The State of Wyoming. LCSD1 has great employees who work with the most diverse population of students in Wyoming. We have students who speak 48 different languages, students who have individual education plans, students in gifted and talented programs, students in the International Baccalaureate program and students who are taking college courses. I am not only proud of the students but the staff who work to make each student the best they can be.
As of Oct. 1, 2018, 14,152 students were enrolled in LCSD1 K-12. The district has seen consistent growth over the last few years at a rate of 1 to 2 percent. We believe we will continue to grow over the next few years at the same rate. The triads in LCSD1 are relatively balanced at the elementary level (K-6); East triad 2,589, South triad 2,508, and Central triad 2,568 enrolled in the respective triad. The junior high schools (7-8); East triad Carey Junior High School 758, South triad Johnson Junior High School 780, and Central triad McCormick Junior High School 687. The high school’s enrollment (9-12) Central High School 1,194, East High School 1,448, South High School 1,179, and Triumph High School 196 students. LCSD1 makes up about 15 percent of the total K-12 population in Wyoming.
Wyoming adopted a new achievement test called WY-TOPP. The questions on the test are written at a higher depth of knowledge than the PAWS test (previous state assessment) which makes it more rigorous. I believe the fact that Wyoming has always chosen to use a rigorous state assessment has allowed us to be the only state in the Western United States to rank in the top 10 on the National Assessment of Education Progress, which is the only assessment that is comparable across the nation. LCSD1 students performed a little behind the state average on the assessment for the first year. Some schools in the district scored above the state average. The district, schools and staff will be addressing the assessment through school improvement plans and a strategic planning process at the district level. We will continually strive to improve our performance on the state assessment while paying attention to every other content and social area that help students become well-rounded citizens.
The district’s four-year graduation rate increased to almost 80 percent this year. We are proud to have the increase but just as proud of our students who have struggled and graduate in five, six or seven years. The district staff has put programs and personnel in place to support students who need help in graduating. The district is proud that U.S. News and World Report has ranked Central High School third and East High School fourth in the state of Wyoming.
The district is pleased to be building a replacement building for Carey Junior High School beside East High School. We have been planning and working with the School Facilities Department for more than a decade to get this project going and plan to have students occupy the building at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. The district completed a broad remodel of Buffalo Ridge Elementary during the summer of 2018. This included finishing some classroom space during the first quarter of the school year.
Local law enforcement and first responders have been great partners in helping LCSD1 provide a safe environment for our students. This year the district has initiated a “See Something Say Something” campaign through which people can use the statewide anonymous tip line (Safe2Tell, 1-844-996-7233), 911 or call school administration to report safety issues. The Cheyenne Police Department, Laramie County Sheriff’s Department and LCSD1 Administration has collaborated to provide active shooter training for staff in all our schools and buildings this year. We have plans to increase safety measures for students and staff as new protocols and procedures advance.
Have a great year! I look forward to working with you.Boyd Brown
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