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School district has doled out more than half of its nearly $600,000 as part of new school supplies plan
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School district has doled out more than half of its nearly $600,000 as part of new school supplies plan

School supplies

Mitchell Fare, 9, packs a backpack full of school supplies during a 2017 Stuff the Bus event at the Natrona County School District Central Services building. The district has approved a budget that includes funding for all student school supplies. 

More than 50 percent of the nearly $600,000 set aside to pay for every Natrona County students’ school supplies has been spent as of November, district officials said Monday.

The program was unveiled in the spring, as part of a broader effort to make education as free as possible for Natrona County students and remove barriers to the overall schooling experience.

In addition to the school supplies, the district said it would stop charging fees for various classes and would make entry to high school events free.

The district allocated hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for the program, including $75,000 to each Natrona County and Kelly Walsh high schools.

Of the school supply money, $388,000 has been spent. The district is anticipating another wave of spending as the second semester begins next month. In many schools, including Roosevelt High, hallways and gyms became huge school supply depositories when classes began in September.

The program was largely greeted positively by Casper, though some expressed concern about what would happen should funding cuts descend on the state, as they have repeatedly in recent years. District officials have said they’re confident in the sound logic behind the plan and in the latitude they have to maneuver funds around in their budget.


Education and Health Reporter

Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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