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CASPER, Wyo. — While design teams pore over construction proposals for major building and renovation projects in the Natrona County School District, school teachers and counselors have been working on what will happen inside the completed buildings.

Educators will wrap up the first of what will likely be many steps toward defining the new Center for Advanced and Professional Studies (CAPS) on Monday. All high school students in Natrona County will be able to take classes in one of four career academies at CAPS.

A new high school campus will be built to house CAPS, Roosevelt High School and the Transitions credit recovery program. Renovations are also planned to upgrade Kelly Walsh and Natrona County high schools.

No vote tonight

School board members will hear about the progress on both ends during their regular meeting tonight. The board is not expected to vote on any action items.

The board will also hear more information about how the latest employee survey will be used. The district replaced the “climate survey” with an online poll from The Gallup Organization. Results found only 25 percent of employees are engaged in their work.

Most alarmingly, 60 percent said they don't know what's expected of them, said Crystal Mueller, associate superintendent of human resources. Mueller said principals are being trained to use the data in their buildings.

Preliminary results

Mueller will also present preliminary results from a similar Gallup survey administered to students.

The survey measured hope, engagement and well-being.

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“Overall we look pretty good compared to the national results,” Mueller said.

The regular session of the board meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

Monday's meeting will be held at Fort Caspar Academy, located at 4100 W. 38th St.

School staff members will give a program update to the board at 6 p.m.

Contact Jackie Borchardt at jackie.borchardt@trib.com or 307-266-0593.

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