Wyoming Lawmakers Consider Costs for Charter School Upkeep
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming legislators are considering changes to prevent double payments for maintenance and utility costs at charter schools.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the Legislature's Select Committee on School Facilities discussed possible corrections to a funding statute in Casper Wednesday.
The change would affect two schools in Laramie County and one in Albany County.
Officials say charter schools that lease buildings are reimbursed to market rate for utilities and routine maintenance through contracts with the state based on a square footage rate.
The state construction department previously has also reimbursed the schools for utilities and maintenance, creating duplicate payments.
Officials say amending the statute could save hundreds of thousands of dollars, either by eliminating the average cost per square foot reimbursement or removing maintenance from the funding model.