In the black

Sheridan College budget plan includes pay hikes, $1.3-million surplus


SHERIDAN — With cautious optimism, administrators for Sheridan College presented the Northern Wyoming Community College Board of Trustees at a workshop session Monday with a proposed budget plan for 2021-22 that included a $1.3-million surplus, as well as a 2% pay increase for all staff members.

NWCCD President Walter Tribley said the proposed $34.6-million budget for the next academic year is in stark contrast to what was approved for 2020-21, when college officials announced a fiscal emergency in mid-June of last year.

College officials then slashed $3.96 million from the budgets for the district. That included a controversial decision to cut $2.8 million from Sheridan and Gillette colleges’ athletic budgets, eliminating all but men’s and women’s rodeo teams, in addition to cutting the hospitality and culinary arts programs and campus police. This year, they sold two buildings, as well.

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