District says schools will work with teachers if additional supplies are needed

Students in a Pathways Innovation Center auto class in February.

CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County School District has decided to eliminate the need for parents and guardians to purchase classroom supplies or pay classroom fees for the next school year.

While some teachers have expressed concern that this decision will result in them spending more of their own money to buy supplies, the school district insists that is not their intention.

The school district is allocating $45 per student to each school.

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A statement from NCSD Public Information Officer Tanya Southerland on Thursday, June 27 adds that schools will work with teachers if they think their funding is insufficient to purchase the supplies they need:

There is no intent by the Natrona County School District Board of Trustees to have a personal financial burden placed on teachers or staff members for the purchase of school supplies.

Each school has a School Budget Team – made up of teachers, administrators, parents, and other stakeholders – established to prioritize and utilize the funds provided in the best way possible for their school, classrooms, and students.”

If at any time during the school year a need for additional school supplies is identified, we encourage teachers to visit with their school administrator to work together to identify a solution. 

The Natrona County School District Board of Trustees is committed to ensuring all students in Natrona County have the resources and materials available to them to come to school ready to learn. 

NCSD PIO Tanya Southerland