School Facilities Commission

As the result of rulings made by the Wyoming Supreme Court, the responsibility for school construction shifted from local school districts to the state, which created a need for an oversight agency.

The School Facilities Commission (SFC) was established in 2002 when the 56th Legislature enacted House Bill 0043. It was created to ensure adequate and equitable K-12 educational facilities throughout the state.

The Commission consists of seven voting members who are appointed by the sitting governor and approved by the Legislature. In addition to the voting members, the state Superintendent of Public Instruction serves in an ex officio, nonvoting capacity. Each appointed member serves a four-year term.

2021 Commission Rule Change Meetings

Regional Stakeholder Input Meetings:

Southeast - Monday, July 12, 9-11am - Wheatland

  • Attended by: 8 district reps from Albany 1, Laramie 1, Laramie 2, Platte 1, & Platte 2, and Senator Pappas (Chair of Select committee on School Facilities)

Central East - Monday, July 12, 1-3pm - Douglas

  • Attended by: 2 district reps from Converse 1, and Senator Pappas (Chair of Select committee on School Facilities)

Northeast - Tuesday, July 13, 9-11am - Gillette

  • Attended by: 5 district reps from Campbell1 and Crook 1, and Senator Pappas (Chair of Select committee on School Facilities).

Northwest - Wednesday, July 14, 9-11am - Greybull

  • Attended by: 8 district reps from Big Horn 1, Big Horn 2, Big Horn 3, Big Horn 4, and Washakie 1.

Central West - Wednesday, July 14, 3-5pm - Riverton

  • Attended by: 5 district reps from Fremont 1, Fremont 6, and Fremont 25, and Tom Farrens (School Facilities Commissioner)

Southwest - Thursday, July 15, 10am-12pm - Rock Springs

  • Attended by: 3 district reps from Sweetwater 1 and Sweetwater 2, and Carol Jelaco (Sweetwater 1 School Board Chair)

Thank you all for meeting with us as we traveled around the state discussing changes to the School Facilities Commission’s Rules and Regulations this last week. We had many informative conversations and heard varying perspectives from many different district personnel and board members. Thank you for hosting us and sharing your views on these issues. If you haven’t already, please fill out the brief feedback form so we can most accurately share your views with the commission next week at the July meeting.


We know that many of you were unable to attend for various reasons, but we would greatly appreciate your perspective as well. We have provided a few items to help explain the proposed changes. Please take a moment to view the Rule Change Drafts, watch this video presentation on Chapter 8, download the Capacity Calculation Worksheet to see what may work best for your district, and then let us know your thoughts and suggestions in the feedback form.


Thanks again to everyone for helping the School Facilities Commission best serve you, the school districts and educators of Wyoming.

Continued SFC Rulemaking Timeline - 2021

  • July 22, 2021 - 8 am - State Capitol Complex - SFC confirmation for presentation to Select Committee

  • September 2, 2021 - 8 am - Location tbd - Select Committee review and input

  • September 16 - 8 am - Location tbd - SFC initiates formal rulemaking

  • Sept. 17- Nov. 15 - Comment period, districts may continue to submit comments throughout

  • November 16, 2021 - Time and Location tbd - SFC public hearing and final formal approval

2021 Commission Rule Change Drafts

To provide us with comments, questions, or suggestions after reviewing the purposed rule changes to Chapters 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, and 10 please fill out the feedback form linked below.

Chapter 1: General Provisions

Chapter 2: Rules of Practice and Procedure for Contested Case Proceedings

Chapter 3: Uniform Adequacy Standards

Chapter 8: Criteria for Identifying and Prioritizing Remedies, and Establishing Project Budgets

Chapter 9: Implementation of Remedies and Project Management

Chapter 10: District-Initiated Elements, District-Initiated Projects, and Local Enhancements

Commission Meetings & Materials

Wyoming statute requires the School Facilities Commission to meet at least once per quarter. However, the current Commission meets on a bi-monthly basis; with meetings taking place over a two-day period.

The first day is an informal work session where Commissioners are briefed on 1) items that will require official action and 2) items that are only being presented for informational purposes. Then, on the second day, the Commission holds a formal business meeting to vote on various action items on the agenda.

If you would like to present an action or information item to the Commission:

  • Send an email request to Shelly Lovato at shelly.lovato@wyo.gov. Your email should be accompanied by a letter that is: 1) composed on district letterhead, 2) clearly outlines your request/issue, and 3) signed by the district superintendent.

      • Due dates for requests vary from month to month.

      • If you are requesting an acknowledgement of enhancement(s), please contact your SFD project manager before submitting your request.

  • Also provide any supporting information that will help the Commission better understand the request/issue being presented.

      • Since the information you provide will be included in the SFC meeting packet, we ask that documents be submitted in an electronic format and limited to 10 letter sized pages.

      • SFD will review and forward your information to the Commission Chair for further review and final inclusion on the agenda.

  • To help ensure the Commission has time to address all agenda items, please limit your presentation to 15-20 minutes.

2021 SFC Tentative Meeting Schedule

Important Notice on Public Attendance: In accordance with recommendations from the Wyoming Health Department and the CDC and for the health and safety of stakeholders, the SFC is transitioning back to in-person meetings over the summer with meetings to be held in a hybrid fashion. For the May, June, and July meetings, the commission will meet in Cheyenne at the Capitol Complex with a limited number of SCD staff. To help ensure that we can get back to full in-person meetings, potentially by the fall, we ask that the public not attend these meetings in-person and continue to use the video conferencing services made available. We appreciate your patience, and look forward to getting back and working together.

Upcoming Meetings

September 15, 9 am ~ Capitol Complex, Public Meeting Room E005 & Online

Work Session & Business Meeting

Agenda

Meeting Packet

November 3-4

Work Session & Business Meeting


Past 2021 Meetings

February 10 & 11 ~ Online

Work session and Business meeting

April 7 & 8 ~ Online

Work session and Business meeting

May 11,12 & 13 ~ Online

Planning Session and Business meeting

June 23 ~ Capitol Complex, Public Meeting Room E005 & Online

Work Session & Business Meeting

2020 Meetings

September 16 ~ Online

Business meeting

November 4 ~ Online

Business meeting

December 16 ~ Online

Business Meeting

Commission Documents

Current Commission

Matt Garland - Chairman

matt@mgmenterprises.net

Serves Until: 3/1/2022

District #4; Campbell, Johnson and Sheridan counties

Janet Anderson

andersonjsfc@gmail.com

Serves Until: 3/1/2023

District #1: Laramie, Goshen and Platte counties

Holly Dabb

holly.dabb@wyo.gov

Serves Until: 3/1/2024

District #2: Albany, Carbon and Sweetwater counties

Tom Farrens

tom.farrens@wyo.gov

Serves Until: 3/1/2023

District #3: Lincoln, Sublette and Teton and Uinta counties

Terry Livingston

terry.livingston@wyoboards.gov

Serves Until: 3/1/2023

District #5: Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park and Washakie counties

Joni Kachelhoffer

joni.kachelhoffer@wyoboards.gov

Serves Until: 2/1/2026

District #6: Crook, Niobrara and Weston counties

Mike Gilmore

mike.gilmore@wyo.gov

Serves Until: 3/1/2023

District #7: Natrona, Fremont and Converse counties

Jillian Balow (Ex Officio)

superintendent@wyo.gov

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Vision, Mission, and Principles

Vision

To provide collaborative support and leadership to build and maintain Wyoming's inventory of high quality school facilities which best serve the needs of Wyoming students.

Mission

To partner with Wyoming school districts to ensure the efficient, flexible, and responsible flow of funds to build and maintain cost-effective, adequate and equitable school facilities that best serve the needs of Wyoming students.

Principles

  • Customer-service orientation

  • Open and collaborative communication between the department and districts

  • An environment of respect and trust

  • Transparent processes

  • Responsible stewardship of state funds

  • Focus on solutions

  • Creating flexibility to achieve goals while complying with rules and statutes