CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The state of Wyoming will pay a Montana school district nearly $500,000 for educating students who live in Yellowstone National Park.
Gov. Matt Mead said state emergency funds will be used to pay the 2013-14 tuition of about 40 students living in Mammoth Hot Springs, which is inside Yellowstone on the Wyoming side. But the closest school is in Gardiner, Montana.
The National Park Service had been paying Gardiner to educate these students, but those payments were recently stopped.
Mead says research by the state attorney general found that Wyoming is responsible for the education of the students.
Students who live in the southern part of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park have been part of Teton County School District 1 and the state pays for their education.