Wyoming students are heading back to school—and many will be welcomed into brand new buildings. The state is kicking off the school year with about $70 million in new education facilities—from a new elementary school in Casper to a new high school in Rock Springs.
Since 2002, Wyoming has put more than $3.5 billion into building and maintaining schools
School Facilities Department Director Bill Panos says this is the highest level of spending on school construction in Wyoming’s history.
As state lawmakers mull the latest revenue projections it appears that in a few years the state will have a lot less money for education, especially new school construction.
It’s largely because revenue from coal lease bonus sales is down and that’s what pays for school construction. But a court ruling mandates that the state pay for school construction and maintenance so Wyoming will need to find another way to pay for it.