“People are most worried about decreases in K-12 funding, but that is followed closely in their preference order by personal tax cuts,” UW rsearcher Rob Godby said.
The group representing Wyoming teachers said the rollback will make schools less safe.
No staff members or teachers within the district have tested positive.
There have been roughly 30 students and staff members who've tested positive since schools reopened. But those cases have been scattered across Wyoming and haven't led to any school-centered clusters or outbreaks.
"Hopefully it all works out," one mother said. "You can't keep kids in a bubble."
Ray Catellier, an engineer who was appointed to round out a retiring trustee's term in 2016, will seek to retain his seat. Former teachers Rita Walsh and Dana Howie, who serve as the board's chair and vice chair, respectively, will also run again.
Two school districts and an institutions of higher learning in Wyoming are facing federal investigations.
Kelly Walsh's stadium has a capacity of roughly 4,000 people, while Natrona County can host just under 3,500, Associate Superintendent Walt Wilcox told the school board Monday night.
Roughly a third of the district's schools don't have a full-time nurse in their building. This plan wouldn't fully remedy that situation, but it would provide significantly move coverage.
After two staffers tested positive before the school year even began, the Worland Education Association sent district officials a resolution criticizing the lack of input that teachers and support personnel had in the process.
Though the board has disagreed on how to respond to the pandemic, there was unanimous support for bringing in more nurses.
A spokesman for the governor's office said Wyoming "has a very compelling argument" to file for such a waiver next year.
The reusable face coverings, distributed by the departments of Health and Education and the Office of Homeland Security, are currently required for use within schools when staff and students can't maintain 6 feet of distance.
"It sounds horrible, and I didn't mean it that way," school board member Kevin Christopherson said, adding that sometimes he needs "to just shut up."
The budget is $5 million larger than last year's, thanks to growing enrollment and legislative boosts.
The attorney representing the district previously said that should the lawsuit ever go to trial, the proceedings will be handled in a Wyoming courtroom.
While enrollment will continue to grow, all is not well for Natrona County School District or for its 47 peers across Wyoming.
The lawsuit alleges the district did not conduct its own investigation and did not respond to repeated instances of bullying that the victim faced for coming forward.
Wyoming scored highly on economic well-being and family, but performed less well on education and health.
The state's 48 school districts are all required to submit their own plans in accordance with the guidelines in the coming weeks.
The Office of Civil Rights is a part of the federal Department of Education, and it handles investigations of educational entities accused of violating federal disability, race and sexual violence or discrimination laws.
At the edges of the pomp and circumstance, you could see the pandemic.
The seniors say they understand that schools needed to be closed. But they are still disappointed about the rites of passage they won't experience.