District News

Albany County National Board Certified Teachers
Albany County School District One is fortunate to have six new National Board Certified teachers this year. Brigitte Hasse (Spring Creek), Adam Johnson (Slade), Angela Kemp (Indian Paintbrush), Ross McGee (Laramie High), Patricia Meier (Linford) and Stephanie Wodahl (Indian Paintbrush) earned this certification through a rigorous, peer reviewed process.

Mary Garland from the Ellbogen Foundation spoke to the Board regarding the Foundation’s support of teachers going through the process. She also mentioned that Wyoming now has 482 National Board Certified Teachers, up from 47 just nine years ago. Albany County is proud to have 23 of these, with another 13 teachers in the current 2014 cohort. These teachers receive an annual $4,000 stipend for the life of their certification from legislative funds in recognition of the hard work, dedication and teaching expertise and an additional one-time $1,000 award from the Ellbogen Foundation.

This process [National Board Certification] is unlike the current mandatory systems of state licensing that set entry-level requirements for beginning teachers and school counselors. National Board Certification is a voluntary process developed by teachers, school counselors, and other education stakeholders to recognize experienced educators for the quality of their practice. National Board Certification signifies that a teacher or school counselor is accomplished, having met challenging professional standards as evidenced by performance-based assessments.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards           (http://www.nbpts.org)

Congratulations to these dedicated teachers! We are fortunate to have them in Albany County School District One.

Mrs. Stacy BushNew Principal Selected for Laramie High School
Please welcome Mrs. Stacy Bush as our new Principal of Laramie High School. After interviewing three strong candidates, the interview committee unanimously recommended and enthusiastically endorsed Mrs. Stacy Bush from Colorado to be the next Principal of Laramie High School. Mrs. Bush comes to us with 20 years successful teaching and administrative experience at the secondary level. She will officially assume her responsibilities July 1, 2014. Welcome Mrs. Bush!

LHS Musical Theatre - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Starting Thursday, April 3rd, and running through Saturday, April 5th  (7 p.m. showings each night) at the Laramie High School auditorium, the Laramie High School Musical Theatre presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This musical adaptation of the classic play is a delight to watch, and the costumes and scenery are stunning to see. This is truly a community production, with many students, parents, staff members and friends putting in long hours to make this production possible. We welcome and encourage everyone in our community to enjoy this fun-filled trip through the woods of Athens. Tickets are still available for $5 each at the door, or you can visit LHS activities office to purchase ahead of the show.


New Laramie High School Moving Forward - Update
March 10, 2014

At a special School Board meeting on Friday March 7th, the Board received an update on the new Laramie High School Project from Dr. Brian Recht, Superintendent of Schools. Bids from two qualified general contractors were received for the new Laramie High School Project on February 27th.  Bids from both contractors were very close, but both exceeded the State allocated budget by over $14 million dollars for the base building, coming in at $67 million.

A key variable contributing to the high bid is the current booming construction market. There is over a billion dollars of construction occurring along the Front Range, with 100's of millions of dollars going on or coming on line shortly right here in Laramie. Contractors are in high demand; sub-contractors are busy and booked out a year in advance, so prices are significantly higher than what the state had budgeted for the high school project two years ago. In new discussions with the state School Facilities Department (SFD), there should be additional monies allocated for the project to ensure the successful building for the new high school as it moves forward.

With the bids being above what the state had budgeted, due in large part to the current market, according to State of Wyoming regulations, a construction contract could not be awarded under these conditions and under the current design-bid-build process.

In partnership with the SFD, the new LHS project will be bid again using a different process called CMAR, Construction Manager at Risk. This allows the District, the architect, the SFD, the selected contractor and the local sub-contractors to work closely as a team to manage time and costs, which is especially needed in today's market.

The construction schedule will be modified, with construction to begin this summer and the facility opening in the summer of 2016. A general construction contractor should be selected by the end of April or beginning of May, and as such, the start of the construction phase of the project will not be significantly delayed.

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PAWS Results Available
The 2012-13 PAWS data are available as a viewable PDF (Adobe Acrobat) file. Please click on the filename below next to the paperclip icon to download the file. 
PAWS Powerpoint 2013 PUBLIC.pdf

Upcoming Events

Mon, Apr 21 - Fri, Apr 25
Kindergarten Registration at Schools
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Kindergarten registration for Albany County School District #1 elementary schools (including rural schools) during normal school hours. Kindergarten registration is not available online. Please register at the school nearest your child’s home.
Detailed Information
Wednesday, May 14
Board of Education Meeting
7:00 PM
Monthly meeting held at the District offices: 1948 Grand Ave, Laramie, WY
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Monday, May 26
No School - Memorial Day
No school for students or employees.
Friday, May 30
Last Day of School - Half Day for Students (morning)
This is the last day of school. Students are in school for the morning only. Employees are in school in the afternoon for staff development.
Mon, Jun 2 - Tue, Jun 3
Staff Development Day for Employees
This is a full-day staff development day for all employees.
Wednesday, June 11
Board of Education Meeting
7:00 PM
Monthly meeting held at the District offices: 1948 Grand Ave, Laramie, WY
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