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Tessa Baker

Kyle Rohrer will soon drop “assistant” from his job title at Powell Middle School.

Now that the dust has settled from the Wyoming Legislature’s 2018 Budget Session, educators around the state can figure out what the cuts mean for their school districts.

With widespread support from educators and parents, the Powell school district is moving to a 4.5-day school week, starting in August.

Community members with a range of personal opinions on guns in schools posed multiple what-if scenarios during a Monday public forum, which drew 150 residents.

Change would reduce costs, maintain open access

An isolated national recreation area often overshadowed by Yellowstone, Bighorn Canyon is something of a hidden jewel in northwest Wyoming.

Instead of getting out of school early on the occasional Wednesday afternoon, Powell students may have every Friday afternoon off starting next year.

Public forum on March 12

Powell school board members do not yet know if they will consider a policy to allow trained staff to carry guns in local schools.

Two years ago this month, local government leaders sent surveys to residents, asking questions about a 1-cent sales tax. At the time, the City of Powell also identified which projects were on their “wish list” if a tax measure was approved.

You may know some facts about Mozart, Michael Jordan and Anne Frank. But what about Walter Diemer, Jim Abbott or Ruth Wakefield?

No? Ask a third-grader.

After 14 years at the helm of Powell Middle School, Jason Sleep will soon step into a new role: assistant superintendent.

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