By Michael Bowman, Fremont County School District 1 Superintendent
(Lander, Wyo.) – Jackie Meeker, Director of the Central Wyoming College Board of Cooperative Higher Educational Services (BOCHES), visited with the Fremont County School District #1 Board of Trustees about the financial picture for BOCHES.
Through the BOCHES program, high school students are eligible to take concurrent enrollment classes, which are classes offered on the high school campus for which students receive both high school and college credit, and dual enrollment classes, which are classes offered at Central Wyoming College or through a CWC online program for which students receive both high school and college credit.
Mrs. Meeker told the Board that to provide the same level of services to students in Fremont County next year, BOCHES will need an additional $170,000 in revenue or there will need to be a $170,000 reduction in services.
Among the options that the BOCHES Board is considering include limiting the number of concurrent enrollment classes students can take, not paying for dual enrollment classes taken during the summer, having each school district in the county levy a portion of a mill, not providing school districts additional compensation to pay for expenses associated with concurrent enrollment classes, and a “wash” system whereby the tuition is paid for the students’ classes and school districts can levy a portion of a mill to pay for the additional costs if they wish. Mrs. Meeker said that she is recommending the latter system.
The decision will be made by the BOCHES Board, which consists of a representative from each Fremont County school board, in March. FCSD#1 received $72,000 last year to pay for the additional expenses. FCSD#1 Trustees will vote in January to provide direction to the District’s BOCHES representative, Teresa Nirider, so she will know how to vote when the BOCHES Board makes a decision on how to fund programs during the 2014-15 school year.