What's an SRO?
Photos of School Resource Officers

School. Resource. Officer. The “S” is often mistakenly switched with the words “security” and “safety.” However, all accurately define the role of a School Resource Officer (SRO). Since 2008, the relationship between ACSD#1 and local law enforcement has ensured thousands of students' safety. But they are tasked to be more than law enforcement officers in providing security and crime prevention services. They become teachers, advisors, and an anchoring resource of stability to students and staff.

The SROs are officially assigned to do the following in our schools:

  1. Respond to disruptions and criminal activity
  2. Protect the lives and property of students
  3. Enforce Federal, State, and local criminal laws and ordinances
  4. Investigate illegal activity committed on or adjacent to school property
  5. Assist other law enforcement agencies with outside investigations dealing with the district
  6. Promote the safety and security
  7. Informs the district of any known threats, incidents, or filings relating to students on or off campus

These officers work on developing good relationships with the students and strive to be seen as approachable. As trust develops, SROs become a reliable source of support.

In 2020, Trooper Corey McCallister with the Wyoming Highway Patrol, volunteered to be the SRO at Rock River School. His experience is a rather unique one,

"I attended and graduated from the Rock River School. The SRO at the time, Deputy Clyde Harris, who has since retired when I was there and is currently the Sheriff of Platte County in Wheatland,  really helped me get through some tough life experiences. It is because of him that I became a trooper. When the opportunity came for me to have this position as the school's SRO, I jumped at it. I hope to do for these students what was done for me.”

These SROs are not just law enforcement officers. They are members of the community who desire to serve and are willing to put themselves in harm's way to ensure the security of all. Keeping the youth from becoming delinquents is the primary purpose, with the safety of each student being a top priority.

SROs receive specific training in interacting with youth. They also lead and participate in yearly training at each campus, ensuring that the staff knows how they will interact with them in emergencies.

Chief Operations Officer Randall Wilkison stated, "Our SROs are top-notch. We are lucky to have them, helping us ensure the safety of our staff and students." 

There is strong support throughout the district for these officers. However, misconceptions still abound surrounding the work of SROs.

The stewardship of ensuring the overall safety of a community can sometimes lead to difficult situations, which inevitably generate misconceptions. Laramie Police Department (LPD) Lieutenant Ryan Thompson debunks the top five:

Misconception #1: SROs are there to enforce school policy.

School Resource Officers are not there to enforce school policy. Our LPD officers are employed by the City of Laramie and certified as Peace Officers by the Wyoming Peace Officer Standards and Training commission. We enforce Laramie Municipal Code and State Statutes, although we are not looking to intrude upon normal school discipline. As such, we are governed by the Constitutions of Wyoming and the United States and are subject to case law and 4th Amendment rules for anything we do.

Misconception #2: Students can be searched, and personal property confiscated at will.

Not by SROs. School Resource Officers are governed by the 4th amendment and Supreme Court case law regarding a probable cause for searches. We are not allowed to prompt school personnel to search on our behalf either.

Misconception #3: SROs are looking to take kids from school to the Prison Pipeline.

100% False. The number one goal of our SROs is to bridge the gap between law enforcement and youth. At the end of the day, it's building relationships and keeping everyone safe.

Misconception #4: The presence of officers in a school means there is a problem at the school.

No. The SROs are there to prevent problems at school. We are there to build relationships and ensure the safety of all.

Misconception #5: SROs are unapproachable.

Please approach us. We are human, just like you, and we do this job to serve our community. We volunteered to be SROs, to be in the schools, and interact with children and young adults, and we enjoy doing so.

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Beitel Elementary Students Contribute Christmas Ornaments to D.C. Christmas Tree
One-of-a-kind ornaments designed by students will decorate 58 trees around the National Christmas Tree

National Park Service News Release

| Release Date: November 14, 2022 |

Contact: Chelsea Sullivan, Chelsea_Sullivan@nps.gov, 202-297-2659

Students get creative for the 100th National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

American Celebrates trees in 2021. Ornaments designed by students from each state, territory, and more, adorned small trees around the National Christmas Tree. NPS Photo.

WASHINGTON—From state flowers to notable landmarks, American students have designed one-of-a-kind ornaments to celebrate the places they call home. These ornaments will adorn 58 smaller trees that surround the National Christmas Tree. The trees represent states, territories, and schools managed by the Bureau of Indian Education and the Department of Defense Education Activity.

The America Celebrates ornament program is an annual collaboration of the National Park Service, the U.S. Department of Education and the National Park Foundation (NPF). Each federal partner worked within their organizations to facilitate the identification of elementary, middle and high schools to participate in the America Celebrates program. The project is funded by the NPF.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting has strong ties to education.

  • In 1923, a letter arrived at the White House from the District of Columbia Public Schools proposing that a decorated Christmas tree be placed on the South Lawn of the White House. On Christmas Eve that year, President Calvin Coolidge walked from the Oval Office to the Ellipse and pushed a button that lit the first National Christmas Tree.
  • During World War II, wartime restrictions meant no new ornaments were purchased for the National Christmas Tree in 1942. Washington, D.C students donated ornaments that would supplement the use of reused ornaments from previous years.
  • This year, more than 2,600 students participated in the American Celebrates ornament program! The students, ages 4 to 19-years-old, learned about the places they call home. From history and ecological wonders, to exploring different mediums of art, these students’ ornaments are a must-see this holiday.

Since 1973, the National Christmas Tree has been a living tree which can be viewed year-round in President’s Park – one of America’s 423 national parks!

The America Celebrates display is one of the highlights of the National Christmas Tree experience. You’re invited to view the National Christmas Tree and the 58 trees’ ornaments up close from Dec. 2 through Jan. 1, 2023. Can’t make in in person? Check out the President’s Park Facebook page for photos of the ornaments!

In partnership with NPF, CBS will broadcast the 2022 ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 11 (8 – 9 p.m., ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The National Christmas Tree Lighting will also be available for the public to view at CBS.com beginning Dec. 12.

Stay tuned to learn more about this year’s event! For more event information and updates, please visit www.thenationaltree.org and follow President’s Park on Facebook or Twitter.

58 schools designed ornaments for the 2022 National Christmas Tree display in President’s Park:

Alabama - Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies (Mobile)

Alaska - Effie Kokrine Charter School (Fairbanks)

American Samoa - Nu'uuli Vocational Technical High School (Pago Pago)

Arizona - San Luis High School (San Luis)

Arkansas - Little Rock West High School of Innovation (Little Rock)

California - Nueva Vista Language Academy (Delano)

Colorado - Infinity Middle School (Aurora)

Connecticut - O'Connell Elementary School (East Hartford)

Delaware - North Dover Elementary School (Dover)

District of Columbia - Friendship Public Charter School Blow Pierce Academy

Florida - Tohopekaliga High School (Kissimmee)

Georgia - Heritage High School (Conyers)

Guam - iLearn Academy Charter School (Dededo)

Hawaii - James Campbell High School (Ewa Beach)

Idaho - Christine Donnell School of the Arts (Boise)

Illinois - Oregon Junior/Senior High School (Oregon)

Indiana - Union Elementary School (Zionsville)

Iowa - Eagle Grove Elementary (Eagle Grove)

Kansas - Leawood Middle School (Leawood)

Kentucky - Owensboro Innovation Academy (Owensboro)

Louisiana - Harry Hurst Middle School (Destrehan)

Maine - Robert Connors Elementary School (Lewiston)

Maryland - Calvert High School (Prince Frederick)

Massachusetts - Falmouth Academy (Falmouth)

Michigan - Hanover-Horton Elementary School (Hanover)

Minnesota - Clover Ridge Elementary School (Chaska)

Mississippi - Madison Middle School (Madison)

Missouri - Sullivan High School (Sullivan)

Montana - Hyalite Elementary School (Bozeman)

Nebraska - Bennington South Middle School (Bennington)

Nevada - Garside Junior High School (Las Vegas)

New Hampshire - Arts Academy of New Hampshire (Salem)

New Jersey - Leeds Avenue Elementary School (Pleasantville)

New Mexico - Bernalillo Elementary School (Bernalillo)

New York - Maplewood Intermediate School (Huntington Station)

North Carolina - Greene Central High School (Snow Hill)

North Dakota - Valley City Jr. Sr. High School (Valley City)

Northern Mariana Islands - Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System

Ohio - Lakota Central (West Chester)

Oklahoma - Jenks Middle School (Tulsa)

Oregon - Oregon School for the Deaf (Salem)

Pennsylvania - Kutztown Area High School (Kutztown)

Puerto Rico - Escuela Especializada de Educacion Bilingue (Cidra)

Rhode Island - Young Woods Elementary School (Providence)

South Carolina - Saluda High School (Saluda)

South Dakota - Stanley County Elementary School (Fort Pierre)

Tennessee - Arlington High School (Arlington)

Texas - Del Valle High School (El Paso)

U.S. Virgin Islands - St. Croix Educational Complex (Christiansted)

Utah - Helen M. Knight Elementary School (Moab)

Vermont - Wallingford Elementary School (Wallingford)

Virginia - Falmouth Elementary School (Falmouth)

Washington - Lummi Nation School (Bellingham)

West Virginia - Robert L. Bland Middle School (Weston)

Wisconsin - Jackson Elementary School (Janesville)

Wyoming - Beitel Elementary School (Laramie)

Bureau of Indian Education

  • Taos Day School (N.M.)
  • Riverside Indian School (Oka.)

Department of Defense Education Activity

  • Brussels Elementary High School (Belgium)
  • Bechtel Elementary School (Japan)
  • Fort Campbell High School (KY)

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NTAC K-12 School Safety Training Report
NTAC Social Science Research Specialists Dr. Aaron Cotkin, Ph.D., and Kristy Dominguez, M.S

LARAMIE, Wyo. (9 NOV 2022) – On November 8th, the Laramie Police Department Foundation (LPDF) sponsored training from the National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) on school safety. Laramie High School hosted the event open to school personnel, educators, school resource officers, public safety professionals, medical professionals, and anyone directly involved with schools. Visitors from across the state were in attendance

NTAC Social Science Research Specialists Dr. Aaron Cotkin, Ph.D., and Kristy Domingues, M.S, flew in from Washington, D.C., to present their research on targeted school attacks. Their presentation included real-life scenarios, walking through the multi-dimensional phases of attacks that ended tragically and those that proper procedures prevented. The presenters offered suggestions and resources to assist in prevention and to augment school Emergency Response Plans.

ACSD#1 would like to thank the following: LPDF and their associates for sponsoring the event; Dr. Cotkin and Ms. Dominguez for the presentation of their research; and all attendees who dedicated their time to learning how to keep students and staff safer in their learning environments.

To learn more about the NTAC or the LPDF, please click the links below:

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State Strings at Laramie High School
Jim Przygocki from the University of Wyoming leads the students in practice.

Laramie High School orchestra hosted the State String Clinic this past week. There were nine schools in attendance:

Laramie HS

Cheyenne East, Central, and South High Schools

Natrona County HS

Kelly Walsh HS

Sheridan HS

Campbell County HS

Thunder Basin HS

Jackson Hole HS

Star Valley HS

This two-and-a-half-day event is hosted on a rotating basis by Wyoming high schools with Orchestra programs. This year was Laramie's turn and the first time the event had taken place in the new high school. Almost 200 string students were chosen from around the state to attend this yearly event. They were placed in one of three orchestras depending on playing level.

The students first attended an opening concert on Sunday evening featuring the University of Wyoming Chamber Orchestra. Sherry Sinift, Jennifer DePaolo, Jim Przygocki, and Gary DePaolo as soloists. On Monday and Tuesday, students participated in over 7 hours of auditions, rehearsals, sectionals, and performances over two days.

The final concert took place at the end of the clinic, with the three orchestras performing pieces from Mendelssohn, Glazunov, Brahms, and Bernstein to newer composers such as Soon Hee Newbold and Charlton Singleton.

Clinicians: Jim Przygocki (University of Wyoming), Leslie Stewart (Colorado State University), Ryan Walker (Sheridan High School).

Host: Jennifer Lyford (Director of Orchestras and Guitars, LHS) and Laramie High School Fine Arts Department.

Snowy Range FFA Takes Gold & Silver at the National FFA Convention
Members of the Snowy Range FFA

Last week 12 members of the Snowy Range FFA traveled to compete in the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. They were chaperoned by LHS Agriculture Instructors, FFA Advisors Danielle Kunkel, Brian Coxbill, and LHS assistant principal Brady Humphrey.

The three Career Development Event teams that went were Meats Evaluation, Poultry Evaluation, and Environmental and Natural Resources. All three teams were state champions in April and were invited to travel to represent Wyoming at the National CDE contests last week. During the week, the group did a variety of things:

  • Toured and witnessed working Dairy and Pork operations at Fair Oaks Farms.
  • Visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway museum and kissed the bricks at the speedway's famous finish line.
  • Students competed in their respective events.

Results of the contests:

Meats Evaluation and Technology:

  • Gold Placing Finish - The team placed 8th in the Nation

    • Members were Riley Lake, Kolton Lake, Barbara Martin, Elijah Fletcher

Poultry Evaluation and Technology:

  • Silver Placing Finish

  • embers were Kinley Wade, Kymber Stinson, Kenzia Martinez, Grace Baas

Environmental & Natural Resource Management

  • Silver Placing Finish

  • Members were Justin Chatfield, Danta Satake, Amadeus Satake, Jack Bullock

We are very proud of the students and how hard they worked to get to nationals in the first place. They did a great job and represented our school, community, and state well.

The U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC)
Image of National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) logo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEAS****E

Contact: Angélica Mecham

E-mail:amecham@acsd1.org

Communication Specialist

Phone: (307) 721-4400 ext. 56024

LARAMIE, Wyo. (7 OCT 2022) – The Laramie Police Department Foundation is sponsoring a presentation on the thinking and behaviors of those who commit acts of targeted violence to prevent future tragedies. Albany County School District #1 (ACSD #1) is hosting NTAC’s presentation addressing research findings and strategies for preventing these types of attacks at schools. This free event is open to individuals who are educators, school administrators, school resource officers, school counselors, law enforcement, other public safety professionals, mental health professionals, social workers, counselors, health care professionals, etc. No registration necessary.

The presentation will take place at the Laramie High School Auditorium on Tuesday, November 8th. There will be two opportunities to attend this presentation – 8:00-11:00 AM OR 12:30-3:30 PM. We welcome all who wish to attend. A block of hotel rooms have been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn for individuals coming from out of town for this event. Call the Hilton early to ensure your resevation for this event.

The presentation will highlight relevant case examples and includes findings and recommendations from NTAC’s latest research publications on targeted school attacks and averted school attack plots in the United States. It will also focus on how communities can use an 8-step multidisciplinary approach to identify, assess, and intervene with students exhibiting concerning or threatening behaviors. This model is intended to proactively identify students needing additional intervention or support.

Key findings from this research indicate that establishing multidisciplinary threat assessment teams and encouraging school communities to report concerning behaviors are critical steps in preventing targeted violence. The reports examined school attacker and plotter behaviors and motivations and are intended to inform the violence prevention efforts of our public safety partners.

The Secret Service will provide each attendee a printed copy of NTAC’s latest publication on averted school attack plots. All publications are also available digitally on the Secret Service website at www.secretservice.gov/protection/ntac.

About ACSD#1

OUR VISION: Entrusting and empowering everyone to excel. OUR MISSION: Educate all students to achieve their highest potential, graduate, and succeed in life.

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Brooke Fergon Named New Assistant Principal at Laramie High School
Photo of Brooke Fergon standing in front of the Laramie High School plaque

LARAMIE, Wyo. (August 17, 2022) – After interviewing many qualified candidates, Ms. Brooke Fergon was selected for the Laramie High School (LHS) Assistant Principal position. Ms. Fergon will be working with the new LHS principal, Fred George, and fellow assistant principals Brady Humphrey and Jeremy Qualls. Ms. Fergon stated,

"I'm looking forward to bringing my skills and approach to leadership to LHS while building strong relationships with the staff, students, and community."

In 2021, Ms. Fergon relocated to Laramie with her family and spent the 2021-2022 school year teaching middle school math and science at the University of Wyoming Lab School. Previously, she served as the Director of Elementary Education and Dean of Students at the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning in Denver, Colorado. LHS Principal Fred George shared,

“Ms. Fergon’s almost two decades of experience is going to be a boon to the high school. She will be working with our freshmen class and reinforcing our academic and social expectations for these students and will be an integral part of our NTSS committee. She strikes me as a very thoughtful, professional and adept worker. The students she worked with at the Lab school loved her and are sad to see her leave. She had a great rep there.”

Ms. Fergon has eighteen years of experience as a public-school educator in the states of Texas, Colorado, and Wyoming. She received a Bachelor of Science from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas in 2004 and Master of Education from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in 2010.  Away from school, Brooke enjoys hiking, camping, and watching her son, Nicholas, play hockey. She and her husband just celebrated their fifteenth wedding anniversary. She is thrilled to be joining the LHS team this year!

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RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 15TH AT 6 PM
Slade Elementary

LARAMIE, Wyo. (7/29/22) – Since the fall of 2015, the ACSD#1 team and contractors have been laboring diligently to finish the new Slade Elementary School for the 2022-2023 school year. At 6 PM, September 15th, the long-anticipated ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on the grounds at 1223 East Shield Street, ushering in a new era for those served by this historic school.

Various government officials, ACSD#1 representatives, and the local community will be present to witness the passing of the torch of education onto a new facility. The developing grounds, located just a block north of its previous location, are active with a host of construction workers dedicated to meeting the substantial completion date of the first day of school. ACSD#1 Superintendent John Goldhardt confirmed,

"Every morning, I drive around the grounds to check on the progress of these diligent and dedicated work men and women. The bus stop area they started pouring these last few days is quickly going in. The work is top-notch, and their pace impressive."

Even long-term residents are excited for the new school to begin its work of education in this new facility. Slade alumna Kayce Baldwin, the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, was reminiscent as she stated,

"I was sad to see the doors close on my alma mater, but change is good, and this facility is state of the art. There certainly won't be any students sent outside to clap the erasers together as I did. They won't know what it was like to see the clouds of chalk sway in the Wyoming wind, laughing and choking on chalk dust!"

Chalkboards may be nonexistent in the new building, but there are a host of technological goodies in their place. Some of the few are interactive TVs, intercoms connected to Greenwich global time, and green energy efficient lighting. IT Director Sean Moore added,

Here's what's cool about our tech:

  • Each room will have a Newline Interactive Display; this is a digital chalkboard with tons of features.
  • Slade, like all elementary schools, has a 1-Gig internet connection. This massive connection has provided excellent connectivity to all web resources.
  • Now here is what is better, their Wireless Access Points are the latest and greatest from Cisco and provide great wireless connectivity.
  • All rooms should have an HD Document Camera.

With natural light emanating from every classroom, a streamlined design, and the prominent presence of the Rocky Mountains color palette, this modern-day facility vibrates with the anticipation of a kindergartener on the first day of school. And, just a skip, hop and jump away, "Old Slade" settles into its proverbial rocking chair, peaceful in its thoughts of a job well done. The ribbon ceremony may not be long enough to recite the many contributions of the thousands who have staffed or attended old Slade. However, it will mark the official continuation of the District's mission of educating all students to achieve their highest potential, graduate, and succeed in life.

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DAVID RIZOR, NEW PRINCIPAL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING LAB SCHOOL
Photo of David Rizor

**LARAMIE, Wyo. (21 July 2022) – ** The Albany County School Board appointed David Rizor as principal at the University of Wyoming (UW) Lab School at their meeting on July 13th, 2022.

Nothing is more certain than the indispensable necessity of seasoned leadership. David Rizor’s experience as a University of Wyoming Department of Education alumni, parent of former Lab School students, and entrepreneur promises to be a boon in filling the role as the new principal of the UW Lab School.

Both of my daughters attended the University Lab School, and I have always wanted a chance to join the school to give back to others for the great education my children received,” said Rizor. “I am a long-time proponent of teaching to the whole child, public schools, and innovation. As a graduate and former staff member at the University of Wyoming, I am anxious to return to Laramie.

ACSD-1 Superintendent John Goldhardt added,

Dr. Rizor has a true love and passion for the Lab School. Every reference call we made had a consistent message about him: He is calm, collaborative, caring, and will focus on the whole child. His inclusive, trusting, and distributive leadership style will have a positive impact.

Rizor is the owner/operator of DR Education Consulting, based in Vilas, North Carolina. His previous experience includes serving as Executive Director for Two Rivers Community School, a K-8 charter school in Boone, NC, Executive Director of Lau Pahoehoe Community Public Charter School serving grades K-12 in Lau Pahoehoe, HA, and an elementary school principal in Granby, CO.

Rizor earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wyoming. He also earned a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Western Governors University.

New LHS Swim Coach Announced
LHS Swim Coaches Bretting and Hudson

LARAMIE, Wyo. (7/11/2022) – Laramie High School has selected Coach Tamara Bretting as the new Head Boys and Girls Swimming Coach. Her decade-plus years of experience in coaching and expertise in the sport will be a boon for these youth teams.

After three decades of leading the LHS swim teams, veteran Coach Tom Hudson stepped aside to give the lane to the succeeding coach. Coach Bretting is no novice in creating athletes out of students. She has worked with Hudson these past years and considers him to have been an invaluable mentor, going on to say,

I'm excited and grateful for the opportunity to follow in Tom's footsteps for the head coaching position. He has been such an amazing mentor for the past 14 years, and I know his shoes will be hard to fill, but I love these teams and am glad they are allowing me to take the lead.

But Bretting will undoubtedly bring her spin to the role. LHS Athletic Director Ronald Wagner stated,

We are excited to announce Coach Tamara Bretting as the new Head Boys and Girls Swimming Coach at Laramie High School, pending school board approval. Coach Bretting comes with 14 years of experience with Coach Hudson and has been a vital part of the recent success of the LHS swimming and diving program. Her experience and relationship with all partners of the program, along with her personal knowledge of the sport, will provide the program with a great new leader.

Coach Bretting hopes to continue the traditions established by Hudson and keeping up the fantastic performance she has witnessed from these teams.

About ACSD#1

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ACSD#1 WELCOMES NEW SUPERINTENDENT
Name plaque on table located in the ACSD1 board room.

LARAMIE, Wyo. (7/1/2022) – New Superintendent Dr. John Goldhardt, a 33-year education veteran, begins the work of integrating his depth of expertise with the needs of the district.

Against the western wall of the Superintendent's office stand two proud bookshelves stocked with a lifetime's collection of old school books, binders, and a few empty spots ready for their new occupants. Nearby sits the new Superintendent contemplating the remaining unpacked, loitering boxes occupying his conference table. The first and easiest step of any move is unpacking –the hard part is putting it all in the right place. Likewise, leading the education efforts of a school district consisting of over 3000 students and 800 staff members during tumultuous times is daunting. But Goldhardt won't be alone in this great work.

On May 11th, Board Chair, Janice Marshall, announced the nomination of Goldhardt, describing him as a "strong and dynamic leader," and expressed her enthusiasm for working with Goldhardt. What impressed Marshall and the board about this Utah native?

"His extensive experience in education as a classroom teacher, building administrator, and Superintendent has prepared him well for this position. The communication skills he brings will be helpful as we transition to his leadership."

The future looks fruitful with the backing of an optimistic school board and the support of a solid and capable staff.

Goldhardt’s past reflects the path of most bourgeoning leaders. He began his career as a high school teacher and then served as an assistant principal at the middle and high school levels. Later, he served as a middle school principal, a university visiting professor of teacher education, and a high school principal. He then became a central office executive and Superintendent.

Goldhardt earned his bachelor's degree in Interpersonal Communication and Reading Education from Southern Utah University, a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah, and his doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He and his wife have been married for 33 years and are the parents of two grown sons and grandparents to one granddaughter.

About ACSD#1

OUR VISION: Entrusting and empowering everyone to excel. OUR MISSION: Educate all students to achieve their highest potential, graduate, and succeed in life.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@ACSD1WY) or YouTube to stay up-to-date on all the latest district news.

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