School district talks upcoming school year highlights

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County School District has a new budget and will see some other changes during the 2019-2020 school year.

The NSCD Board of Trustees adopted an approximately $293 million budget during their Wednesday, July 10 meeting.

The district talked about a highlight of the new budget and some other changes in a news release.

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One of these changes is that parents and guardians will no longer be asked to purchase school supplies or pay classroom fees.

“The Board of Trustees has provided additional funds to each school to purchase the needed school supplies for all students,” the school district said. “We are committed to ensuring students in Natrona County have the resources and materials available to them to come to school.”

Teachers and staff members are encouraged to visit with their school’s administrator if they find that there is a need for additional supplies throughout the school year.

“We welcome feedback from all stakeholders throughout the year as this process develops to identify any potential areas of improvement moving forward,” NCSD added.

“While the operational side of the process is still being identified by the school budget teams, we have provided a list of local vendors for school teams to consider as they begin making school supply purchases.”

The school district will also not be charging admissions fees to athletic and activity events this school year.

“We recognize the great importance of community in our schools,” they said. “The Natrona County School District Board of Trustees will eliminate charging admissions to school Athletic and Activity events beginning with the next academic year.”

The release added that a new special depreciation fund has been added to the Capital Projects Fund in the budget.

“The purpose of the special depreciation reserve is to set aside dollars for future replacement and repair of major capital, specifically facilities,” the release states. “This reserve will be utilized for needed maintenance and repairs to assist in keeping our schools and buildings safe and secure while providing an exceptional learning environment for students, staff, and visitors.”