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Gardiner Schools Receive Temporary Fix After Funding Loss

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The Gardiner School District received money from the state of Wyoming after losing millions of dollars in federal funding.

The U.S. Department of Interior has provided Gardiner Schools with about a half-million dollars per school year for nearly 40 years.

The money was intended to provide education to children living on untaxed federal land in Yellowstone National Park. In 1977, the law changed, but Gardiner continued to receive the funding.

The Wyoming Department of Education is now working on a contract with the district to be able to provide them with the money they were accustomed to receiving.

For now, the department has provided the district with funding to get through the remaining school year.

"We are really hoping that we can address this with a more long-term plan and only have to be involved in the agreement until that more long-term plan is developed," said Ged Cicarello, Wyoming Department of Education School Foundation Supervisor.

The residents of Mammoth Hot Springs have signed a petition in hopes to get a school district in the park.

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