Two of three Riverton school projects approved by School Facilities Commission; Third one in process

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Now it is in the legislature’s hands.The Wyoming School Facilities Commission has approved two of three projects for Fremont County School District #25 in Riverton, including a new K-3 elementary school and a 40 percent remodel of Rendezvous elementary. The projects are designed to increase the capacity of the district to meet the state mandated teacher-student ratio of 16 to 1 in the primary grades.

“The SFC approved $10 million for us and five other districts with capacity needs to proceed with development of planning. We received $950,000 to begin the process. The legislature now has to fund the construction,” said Superintendent Terry Snyder. “But approval by the SFC reflects confidence that the construction will be funded.”

The next step in the process for the district is to begin looking for a parcel of land for the new elementary school, which Snyder said would need to be 7.5 to 9 acres in size. “That’s part of the problem we have, Ashgrove is too small anyway, but there’s no room for expansion there.”

Snyder also said the District will have to start planning for the K-3 configuration, as well as the Rendezvous School remodel.

The third project that the SFC did not address at this time was the remodel and expansion or the total replacement of Jackson Elementary. “We still don’t know the answer for that yet,” he said, “but at least we’ve gotten started on the first two.”

Still under consideration by the Wyoming School Facilities Commission is the remodel and expansion of Jackson School or the total replacement of the school (Ernie Over photo)

Still under consideration by the Wyoming School Facilities Commission is the remodel and expansion or the total replacement of the Jackson School along North Eighth West.  (Ernie Over photo)