(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — At the Natrona County School District Board of Trustees meeting held on Sept. 25, Superintendent Mike Jennings announced his retirement, set for June 2024.

Trustee Thomas Myler lauded Jennings’s tenure, stating, “Superintendent Jennings … has been a rock during a very tumultuous time, has brought us forward through COVID [and] has done a great job about keeping the ship going in a great direction.”

Trustee Kyla Alvey added, “This isn’t goodbye; you’re not moving, you’re just retiring, which is like the best thing ever because you and your wife are gonna have so much time to do so many great things.”

Angela Hensley was named superintendent-elect for NCSD and is slated to assume the role on July 1, 2024. Hensley currently serves as the Associate Superintendent of Human Resources for Natrona County School District, according to a news release by NCSD.

Trustees expressed their support and enthusiasm for her impending leadership.

Board Chair Catellier said of Hensley, “She is a woman of high integrity, a woman of faith, a fantastic professional, and has been wonderful to work with over the last handful of years. I look forward to having another Wyoming- and Casper-born and -raised person here leading us, someone that knows our community … and someone that has a vested interest in seeing our community grow.”

Trustee Michael Stedillie welcomed Hensley, saying, “I’m not sure why anyone wants to take responsibility, but I think I can speak for a lot of people here, that we are incredibly glad that you were willing to step up to the plate, and I know you’re going to knock it out of the park.”

Superintendent Jennings, reflecting on his tenure and future transition, said, “I’m dedicated to this district and will continue to work hard to fulfill the expectations of me up until the day I retire. … This district has been very good to me personally and professionally, I’ve had the opportunity to work with outstanding trustees and boards in my tenure over 31 years. … I look forward to working with Hensley and the cabinet in the transition process over the course of the next year.”