It is with deep regret that we inform you about a recent loss to our school community. On Monday evening, May 23rd, Boden Barnes, a freshman at Torrington High School, took his own life. This loss raises many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire school district, especially our students. Members of the Torrington High School Crisis Intervention Team made up of professionals trained to help with the needs of students, parents, and school personnel at difficult times such as this, responded to the immediate needs at the school. We have counselors available at all of our Goshen County schools for any student who may need or want help or assistance surrounding this loss.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your child’s school office if you feel your child is in need of additional assistance. We encourage you, as parents, to also feel free to use our resources with the links provided below. We have listed some information that may be useful to you in helping your child at home. If you would like additional information or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me, Ryan Kramer, at 307-532 2171. We are saddened by the loss to our school community and will make every effort to help you and your child as you need.
Goshen County School District Superintendent
Past Announcements 2021-2022
Announcement 03-30-22 PM
The following is an update regarding this morning’s fire at Southeast Schools. The State Fire Investigator was on sight assessing the situation at 1:30 this afternoon. The investigator concluded that the fire was an electrical fire that started in a fused disconnect that was part of the original construction of the building. We will be meeting with our insurance provider tomorrow morning, and they will give us direction on the next steps regarding the use of the building. The staff at Southeast are currently making plans on how they will complete the school year for the programs that utilize the space in the Ag/ Auto building. We want to thank the emergency responders who were on the scene this morning and a big thank you to the staff at Southeast for their handling of this situation.
This morning at approximately 6:25 AM, the fire alarm at Southeast Schools indicated a fire that was isolated to the Ag/Auto building. Emergency responders were notified of the alarm and have been on scene responding. Fortunately, no one was in the building at the time of the fire. Southeast Schools are continuing to have a normal school day since the location of the Ag/Auto building does not affect classes being held in the main building.
Due to the power outage in Torrington that affects our bus barn, some buses may run a few minutes late this morning. We have been told that power will be restored to THS and TMS by the time school is scheduled to start, so we will continue with a normal start time for all buildings in the district.
Due to the possible winter weather on Wednesday and Thursday, the Goshen County School District is planning for a possible virtual snow day on Wednesday or Thursday, March 9th or 10th, depending on the storm's timing. Discussion is ongoing, and a decision has not yet been made. Principals will provide their building staff and students with specific information regarding the implementation of virtual snow days. Future communication will be shared as the weather warrants.
LETTER FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2-23-22
An open letter to our community and those we serve,
The past two years as a trustee for Goshen County School District #1 have been nothing short of an otherworldly experience. We have experienced immense change and faced challenges that nobody could have been anticipated.
Further, we have seen a splintering in the community due to some feeling as though the board has not listened to stakeholders, or that the board has acted in ways contrary to what some thought should have been done.
At the root of these issues lies an undercurrent of misunderstanding: at some points by the board, and at other points, by members of the community or by parents of those students that we serve.
It is undeniable that each member of the Board of Trustees for our school district ran for, or applied for appointment, to the board for a singular purpose: to do what is best for students. What can be lost at times, however, is a solid understanding of the board’s role.
The board’s role is one of governance utilizing processes by which the district and its entities are managed. In this governance/oversight role, the board, among other items which are defined by statute, is responsible for:
- Hiring, directing, and evaluating the superintendent who then manages the affairs of the district including all policy implementation and evaluation of building and other administrators;
- Developing policy for the district, which the superintendent enacts;
- Participating in board committees to assist in directing affairs of the district;
- Maintaining high ethical standards and adhering to board member covenants and code of conduct;
- Holding each other accountable for adhering to board policy;
- Developing administrative regulations by which the district will be governed;
- Establishing priorities for financial management of the district, adopting a responsible budget, and reviewing internal controls with audit;
- Approving purchases for the district as outlined in policy;
- Approving contracts for educators as dictated by policy;
- Channeling all complaints as mandated by our governance document;
- Seeking input from stakeholders in order to link efforts to represent the entire community;
- Making decisions regarding student and staff disciplinary matters as determined by state statute and district policy while maintaining confidentiality through executive session proceedings.
The Board does not:
- Have authority over individual staff members of the district nor direct them in their employ, other than in the case of the superintendent and or as required by law;
- Participate in hiring district employees, except at the request of the superintendent;
- Manage the day-to-day operations of the district, allowing district administration to properly oversee such matters. We encourage open communication with your student’s building administrator, or Mr. Kramer to find prompt resolution.
As we continue our journey to do what is best for our district, the current board is committed to improving communication with all key stakeholders. We will do this by providing increased opportunity for input on committees, in work sessions, listening sessions, and as allowed by law at regular board meetings.
We will seek to redefine our strategic plan to ensure that the mission, vision, and goals of the district are aligned with our community. Lastly, we will seek input from district personnel, students, and parents on building climate and overall performance. It is our sincere hope that we begin a new and brighter phase for GCSD1 which employs fantastic educators whose priorities are our children and their future.
We thank Superintendent Kramer, the district administrators, teachers, educators, staff, and support teams that have helped our students navigate these very trying times.
On behalf of the entire Goshen County School District #1 Board of Trustees,
Zachary Miller - Board Chair
Mac Sussex - Vice Chair
Due to possible winter weather with extreme temperatures Tuesday through Thursday, the Goshen County School District is sending home devices and materials in preparation for a possible virtual snow day for Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, February 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, depending on the storm's timing. Discussion is ongoing, and a decision has not yet been made. Principals will provide their building staff and students with specific information regarding the implementation of virtual snow days. Future communication will be shared as the weather warrants.
On Monday a Torrington High School student notified the district of a concern involving a staff member. We took immediate action, including contacting law enforcement to investigate. The staff member subsequently left the high school on their own volition and has been on administrative leave since Monday afternoon. This is a private personnel matter that will be reviewed by district administration and the board of trustees. We want to assure the community that no students were harmed. Evenso, we hold our staff to a high standard of conduct, and we are grateful that our student felt empowered to report the issue to the principal. To learn more about GCSD#1’s open-door communication practice, please visit your school principal.” - Ryan Kramer, Superintendent GCSD#1
Announcement Tik Tok 12-16-21
The Goshen County School District has become aware of a troubling post that has been shared widely this week on the social media platform TikTok. The post refers to a threat to school safety “for every school in the USA, even elementary,” on Friday, December 17.
The post appears to be part of a national TikTok trend and did not originate in our school district. We have heard reports from other districts that the same post is circulating in their schools. While we do not believe the threat to be credible, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking it seriously.
This situation serves as a good example of why it is important to avoid sharing posts online that refer to school safety threats. Even if they are not credible threats, they can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for our students, families, and staff. We ask our families to monitor their children’s social media activity and speak with them about proper online behavior.
If you or your child become aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, please notify a school staff member or trusted adult right away.
As always, thank you for your partnership as we work to ensure a safe, secure, and positive learning environment for our students.
In working with the Torrington Police Department, we have heard several reports of rumors that continue to circulate relating to the incident at Torrington High School yesterday. As a result, we have released a joint statement to address some of those rumors.
Because the incident involves information regarding students that are confidential and protected by Wyoming State Statute, we cannot directly address many of the rumors that we have heard.
However, we would like to offer some perspective on the incident to help place some context on the threat to our students at Torrington High School.
Our school resource officer worked directly with school administrators to investigate concerning statements made by a student that was threatening in nature. The investigation did not reveal an immediate danger to students at the school, and there were no weapons involved in this incident. The situation was quickly and safely resolved through the cooperative efforts of our department and the school district in a way that we hope will be beneficial for everyone involved.
We are passionate about the safety of our students, and we are fortunate to work with our partners at the Torrington Police Department and members of our community to address issues when they arise immediately.