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Don Amend

Education continues to be a major issue in the Wyoming Legislature this year.

This is understandable, since education traditionally is one of the major consumers of state money. In recent years, the Legislature has provided much better funding for schools than was available in the past. Wyoming spends more money per student than most, if not all, other states.

Powell High School will make a big contribution to Women’s Wellness following a successful week of fundraising ending with the Hoops for Hope basketball game Friday night.

Committee consider ending teacher continuing contract

A bill that would make it easier for a school district to dismiss a teacher was on the Senate Education Committee’s agenda Wednesday.

The committee had a hearing on the bill introduced by Sen. Hank Coe, R-Cody, last week and was set to discuss several proposed amendments Wednesday.

The color scheme will be a bit different at the Powell High School gym Friday night when the Panthers and Lady Panthers square off with Worland on the basketball court.

Normally it would be a battle of orange and black teams, but this week, the Powell teams will exchange their normal uniforms for pink for Hoops for Hope, a campaign to raise money to support Women’s Wellness and the fight against breast cancer.

A dual win over Worland and a sixth-place finish in a big meet marked the weekend for the Powell Panther swimmers last week.

Swimmers swam nearly two dozen personal best times during the two meets, according to coach Jerry Rodriguez, and three swimmers swam new state-qualifying times.

One constant in the business of the Wyoming Legislature has always been concern about the state’s public schools.

This concern has heightened in recent years because the state’s courts have put the responsibility for funding education on the backs of the state Legislature. As a result, the Legislature has become concerned about just what the state is getting for the money it spends in terms of student achievement.

It was a perfect week for the Powell Panther wrestlers.

The Panthers out-wrestled Greybull/Riverside on Thursday and then went 6-0 against a series of teams from the East at the Bison Duals in Buffalo.

Recently, at the opening of Congress, our good representatives took the time to read the Constitution out loud on the floor of Congress.

That’s not a bad thing. If anybody should read the Constitution, it’s the members of Congress. It is, after all, the basis for our government.

Our new governor, Matt Mead, quickly fulfilled one of his campaign promises when he announced shortly after his inauguration that Wyoming would join a multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care reform act.

This is in contrast to Mead’s predecessor, Dave Freudenthal, who chose not to send the state down that path, believing it would be a waste of the state’s money.

Weather slowing Westside construction

Planning for the first phase of a building project at Powell Middle School is underway, and the Park County School District No. 1 board anticipates bidding the project in March.

Todd Wilder, coordinator of support services for District No. 1, told the school board last week a value engineering meeting with Wyoming School Facilities personnel went well. He anticipates final construction drawings will be completed by March 1 so the district can advertise for bids.

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