School Board Votes to Sue State of Wyoming Over Budget Issues

(Gillette, Wyo.) Last night at a regularly scheduled school board meeting, the Campbell County School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve a resolution to authorize legal auction against the state of Wyoming, to “ensure education funding complies with the Wyoming State Constitution and applicable governing law.”

The state is facing a $400 million deficit to the education budget, and a bill approving $34.5 million in cuts to Wyoming schools — without raising any additional money through taxes — was signed by Governor Matt Mead during the latest legislative session. A “recalibration committee” has been formed for the interim, to try and find a way to manage the deficit.

The Campbell County Board’s resolution states in part that Wyoming’s education system is no longer being funded according to constitutional mandates that guarantee the children of Wyoming “an equal opportunity to a quality education,” and states that the Board has “diligently exhausted all potential means to resolve this conflict without pursing legal action.”