WDE, Wyoming Dept. of Education(Riverton, Wyo.) - The Wyoming Department of Education has granted waivers to two Fremont County school districts for not meeting the mandated 16:1 student to teacher ratio for K-3 classes. The two districts are FCSD#24 in Shoshoni and FCSD#25 inRiverton. The two local districts are among 22 school districts granted waivers, according to our news partner, KVOW/KTAK, who contributed to this report.

The announcement was made by the office of the Wyoming Department of Education’s Interim Director Jim Rose. He said capacity seems to be the overriding issue preventing non-compliance. Riverton Schools Superintendent Dr. Terry Snyder was scheduled to be in Casper today at a meeting of the Wyoming School Facilities Department at which Riverton’s request to address capacity issues was to be discussed in a work session, but that meeting was cancelled due to road closures and weather in the Casper Area. Business Manager Mike Collins and Larry Hartwell, the district’s supervisor of buildings and grounds, are now set to participate in a telephone conference call tomorrow with the SFC on the district’s request.

District 25 is seeking a new K-3 elementary school, a 40 percent remodel of the Rendezvous 4-5 elementary building and the replacement or remodel of Jackson school to address the district’s capacity issues.

According to Wyoming Statute 21-13-307 (a)(iv), passed by the Wyoming Legislature in 2011, school districts in Wyoming shall provide evidence to the Director of the WDE that their district has maintained an average student-to-teacher ratio of not greater than 16:1 in kindergarten through third grade. Riverton’s at 19:1 and Shoshoni, 17:1.