Facility Condition and Capacity Study Update – August 21, 2017

As we work to provide timely information and updates regarding the Facility Condition and Capacity Study we want to take the time to respond to the valuable feedback or questions we receive.

A common question we receive is, “Why did we build new schools, when we may need to potentially close others? Can’t the funds be redirected?”

This is a great question and we’d like to explain the process with a bit more detail to provide some clarification.

Newer elementary school construction projects seen at Bar Nunn, Lincoln, and Journey schools were approved by the state during a period of enrollment increase and before the current economic downturn. The Capital Construction funding earmarked for these projects was specifically designated and approved by the state 5 years ago during times of increased projected enrollment in NCSD.

Simply put, the State of Wyoming saw a need for more seats in schools in Natrona County. As a result, earmarked- or specifically designated- funds were directed for building new schools to keep up with continued projected enrollment increases. However, due to the downturn in the economy, enrollment began to see a significant decrease at NCSD after the implementation process for these projects had begun.

The Capital Construction funding specifically designated for this purpose cannot be transferred for use as Operational Funding (Examples of Operational Funding include: utilities, furniture and equipment, computers, curriculum materials, textbooks, salaries, benefits, etc.)

The State of Wyoming has not approved the construction of any new schools for the past 3 years in NCSD.

As part of a proactive response to further projected decreases in K-12 Education revenues, continued long-term planning and reduction approaches to budget development are needed over the next several years.

In addition to other budget reduction measures, the Facility Condition and Capacity Study will continue to review all schools and non-school facilities in the District moving forward for the purpose of meeting the fiscal and efficiency responsibilities of the District while maintaining a priority focus on student learning.

 
 

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