By Seth Romsa
Staff Writer 

Washakie County School District 1 board discusses RIF policy


October 8, 2020

WORLAND – The Washakie County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees during their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Sept. 28, held discussions on several board policies.

The board discussed the reduction in force policy. This policy currently states that “if by the judgment of the board of trustees it is necessary to reduce the certified staff due to a change of circumstances such as reduction or elimination of a program in any given subject or field, or if it is necessary to consolidate programs for particular grade levels, or the inability of the district to anticipate sufficient funds, such reductions shall be done on a seniority and certification basis.”

Superintendent David Nicholas brought the discussion to the board to put performance in as part of the criteria, as they know that staffing may be part of a reduction with a large budget cut anticipated from the state due to revenue losses from COVID-19.

Nicholas said the intent to bring the discussion up this early was to give the administrative team plenty of time to include performance in evaluations in the second semester, as the policy would have final approval in December if first reading approved in October.

Nicholas also discussed with the board about policy 2.11 regarding law enforcement agencies, with Nicholas reiterating to the board that a student will not be interviewed on campus by authorities unless the student committed a crime on school property.

The board and Nicholas also held discussions on policies 2.8 regarding dress and general appearance, 2.9 home schooling, and policy 2.10 insurance (students), the board simply discussed the policies and Nicholas said they have no intent to change the policies at this time.

Jeremiah Dobson was approved for seventh-grade assistant girls’ basketball coach.

Anna Johnson was approved as part-time special education (SPED) paraeducator (para), Sydnee Jameson was approved for the position of part-time online para and Stacey Utterback was also approved as a part-time online para.

Bobby Swalstad was approved as the Worland Aquatic Center representative.

The board recognized and honored the 3A state champion boy’s golf team.


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