LCSD#1 Superintendent: Minimal Effect From Cuts
Laramie County School District#1 Superintendent John Lyttle says the cutting of 10 positions in the district due to a $2 million reduction in state funding won't have much impact on education programs.
Lyttle says most of the cuts were to positions in which someone retired or quit and the job will remain vacant. He says some small cuts were made to secondary programs, but in general the only impact will be that a few class sizes will be a little larger than would have otherwise been the case.
Part of the funding cut was offset by the fact that the district once again had increased enrollment this year, which was helpful because the schools get funding on a per-student basis.
But Lyttle says that while the effect on the district from this year's cuts was small, there are still concerns about state funding going forward.
He notes projections that state revenues will continue to flounder because of low energy prices could mean more cuts to school funding in the future, adding ''That's something we'll be keeping an eye on."
While Cheyenne schools may not be feeling much effect from funding cuts this year, many other districts across the state, especially smaller districts, say they are being hurt by the reductions
A group of 11 superintendents and leaders of education organizations this week sent a letter to state lawmakers saying the cuts are too severe and are unfair to small districts.
Those schools say they are being forced to layoff teachers and close schools.
In contrast to the increased funding Cheyenne schools are seeing because of higher enrollment, many of the smaller districts are losing money because of declining enrollment caused by the struggling state economy.