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Gillette College Moving Forward To Separate From Northern Community College District

Catherine Wheeler

The Wyoming Community College Commission (WCCC) officially received a completed application to start a new community college district in Campbell County. That receipt kicks off a 90-day timeline in which the commission must review the application and approve or deny it.

In the application submitted by the Campbell County Commissioners, it says the county would form a new taxing district and the district would be named the Gillette Community College District.

The review includes economic and demographic data, two public hearings and a survey performed by a third party, according to a WCCC press release. If approved the information will be forwarded to the legislature to be approved or denied before heading to a vote in Campbell County.

The public hearing dates have not been selected yet, but one will occur in Campbell County and one will take place in another county.

"Upon completion of these mandated tasks, the WCCC will hold a formal meeting on or around November 20, 2020, but at least [seven] days prior to the end of 90 days, to review all documentation associated with the application and resulting studies to issue a final vote and decision," the press release states.

The move comes after officials and residents in Campbell County felt unincluded in recent budget cuts-including athletics- in the Northern Wyoming Community College District, which includes Gillette College, Sheridan College and Sheridan College in Johnson County.

Back in August, Campbell County formed a taskforce to work on the potential separation of the district.

Have a question about this story? Contact the reporter, Catherine Wheeler, at cwheel11@uwyo.edu.

Catherine Wheeler comes to Wyoming from Kansas City, Missouri. She has worked at public media stations in Missouri and on the Vox podcast "Today, Explained." Catherine graduated from Fort Lewis College with a BA in English. She recently received her master in journalism from the University of Missouri. Catherine enjoys cooking, looming, reading and the outdoors.
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