JEIC Meeting

Dear Superintendents,

It was good to see many of you at events and meetings across the state this week. Legislative interim work is in motion after this week’s JEIC meetings. Here is a link to meeting materials including a number of WDE memos that were requested or required by the legislature during the 2018 session. I anticipate a number of committee-sponsored bills to come forth for 2019.

Chief Academic Officer Brent Bacon announced his retirement and we wish him well in whatever the future holds. Brent has been an instrumental leader in Wyoming education for decades and with my administration since 2015. We are actively seeking candidates to replace Brent. Here is the link to the job description and application information. Please consider sharing the link with your networks.

In my role as a state land commissioner, I had the privilege of helping dedicate a parcel of state trust land to former Treasurer Joe Meyer. Treasurer Meyer was an avid outdoorsman and “rock hound.” He and his family spent free time near the parcel of dedicated land, just outside of Dubois. The treasurer’s son, Vince Meyer, is a long-time and valued employee at WDE. He works behind the scenes with data and reporting. Congrats to the Meyer family on this homage to a Wyoming legend!

The State Board of Land Commissioners is made up with the five statewide elected officials (governor, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, and superintendent). Our fiduciary responsibility with state trust lands is to maximize revenue to be used for education in our state. Revenue is realized by leasing land for grazing, exploration, and more.

Superintendent Balow stands with Vince Meyer next to the sign that explains the dedication of the land behind them to Joe Meyer.
Vince Meyer of WDE helps dedicate a parcel of state trust land to his father and Wyoming’s late Treasurer Joe Meyer
A landscape in Wyoming with a fence in the foreground and prairie that turns into hills covered with pine trees in the background.
With Rams Horn Peak in the background, the dedicated parcel is a full section–640 acres

Memos to be released on Monday, June 11:

Jillian