12 days ago
Superintendent of Schools
13 days ago
Superintendent of Schools
I’m honored 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 more than 30 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, 2019, 14,261 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% a year, increasing by a total of 109 students over last year. We estimate we will continue to grow over the next few years at a similar rate. Student enrollment in the LCSD1 triads is relatively balanced at the elementary level (K–6); East triad 2,557, South triad 2,472, and Central triad 2,642. At the junior high schools (7–8) we are at; East triad Carey Junior High 797, South triad Johnson Junior High 782, and Central triad McCormick Junior High 708. The high school (9–12) enrollment is at; Central High 1,198, East High 1,414, South High 1,172, and Triumph High 231 students. PODER Academy charter schools enroll 288 students K–12. LCSD1 makes up about 15% of the total K–12 population in Wyoming.
The district is in the process of replacing Carey Junior High. The new school will be located by East High. We plan to open the school in the fall of 2020. We are working with the Wyoming School Facilities Department (WSFD) on a most cost-effective remedy study to plan for the increasing student population in the district and updating aging schools. Based on the study completed by a contractor hired by the WSFD, our 2018–19 enrollment numbers are over capacity at the elementary level by 221 students and at the high school level by 21 students. The WSFD has requested funding for an elementary school in the current legislative budget and in the next legislative session expansion of all three comprehensive high schools with possibly an additional elementary. During the upcoming months, the district will move Dildine Elementary to the Eastridge wing adjacent to the old Carey building while we renovate their elementary school.
The Wyoming Department of Education holds schools accountable through the state assessment called WY-TOPP. This year Anderson Elementary was rated as our district’s first exceeding school under the new assessment. Eight elementary schools improved their state rating, some by more than one level. Four elementary schools’ rating declined by one level. All junior high and high schools maintained the same rating from last year. Our goal is to 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. We are increasing the amount of time allocated for core (math, science, language arts, and social studies) courses at the junior high level for the next school year to allow for more instruction time.
The district’s four-year graduation rate increased to 81.6% this year, which is the highest graduation rate in recent years. We are proud to have the increase, but just as proud of our students who have struggled to graduate in five, six or seven years. The district staff has put programs and personnel in place to support students who need help to graduate.
Local law enforcement and first responders have been great partners in helping LCSD1 provide a safe environment for our students. Last year, the district 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. As we move through this year, we are piloting software to help with reunification of students and parents in a crisis situation, software to allow better communication with stakeholders, and software and hardware to help reduce reporting time in a crisis. Just a reminder, we need everyone’s help to keep our students safe. Please talk to your students and report any issues that are concerning and encourage your student to visit with school staff if they have a concern.
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