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2023 Vision Dinner, Part 1: Campbell County School District

At the Feb. 1, 2023 Vision meeting, Associate Superintendent for Instructional Support Dennis Holmes presented a status report on Campbell County School District.

Gillette College hosted a 2023 Vision meeting Feb. 1 that included brief presentations from public officials from the Town of Wright, Gillette City Council, Campbell County Board of Commissioners, Campbell County Memorial Hospital Board, Campbell County School District Board of Trustees and Gillette Community College District Board of Trustees. County 17 will present coverage of the meeting as a series.

GILLETTE, Wyo. — At the 2023 Vision meeting, Associate Superintendent for Instructional Support Dennis Holmes presented a status report on Campbell County School District.

Aid from other governmental bodies

“Certainly safety is one of our first and foremost responsibilities to students and staff throughout the district,” Holmes said.

Holmes said the school district’s very fortunate to have five Gillette Police Department school resource officers for Gillette’s secondary schools and seven Campbell County Sheriff’s Office school resource officers who cover elementary schools and rural schools.

The school district partners with Campbell County Health for the Kid Clinic, which is on the Twin Spruce Junior High campus. It provides primary pediatric care and behavioral health services. The school district is going on its seventh year of Campbell County Health blood draws for employees, which has profoundly impacted some people, he said.

In fall 2022, the district had 832 students concurrently enrolled in Gillette College and 143 students in the dual enrollment program.

Projects

Campbell County School District is in the design phase of a new, 13,800-square-foot elementary school for the Little Powder community, even though the project began in 2017. The project is supposed to be done by early 2025.

The school district is also approaching the construction phase of the aquatic center. The city provided support by providing acres of land for the project. The estimated completion is spring 2025.

The school district is working with the county to secure acres on Warlow Drive for a future bus barn.

The district’s awaiting a new score from the State Construction Department for County County High School. That high school and Cottonwood Elementary were last scored in 2016 and are high priorities, from the district’s perspective, for state construction funding, Holmes said.

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