FCSD#25: RHS upgrade is #1 on state’s list for component funding; Bus barn is #5 on same list

Incoming RHS Principal John Griffith made a presentation to the FCSD#25 Board of Trustees Tuesday night on “Graduation Matters,”  a project that he is hoping to launch in the next school year. In the audience were three staff members and one member of the public. (Ernie Over photo) 

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Fremont County School District #25 Superintendent Terry Snyder said he would attend the June 25th meeting of a select committee on school facilities to continue to seek ways to fund an auditorium and a multi-purpose/wrestling room for Riverton High School. RHS is the only Class 3A or 4A school in  Wyoming without an auditorium and its wrestling facility is 1.5 miles away from the high school campus. His initial meeting with the School Facilities Department on the issue last month also included a discussion on District 25’s maintenance and component funding needs, and Snyder had good news to report on that front.

“Our new 32-year-old high school has come to the time when we need to upgrade it so we can keep it,” he reported to school trustees Tuesday night. The work would include security enhancements, heating and cooling system upgrades along with tile work in the building, the fire alarm system and the roof to mention a few. “It’s  all of those things that won’t change the appearance of the building but things to take care of,” he said. Snyder also said the RHS needs have been ranked as the top project to be funded this coming year. “We’re not guaranteed the funding, not yet,” he said. But he noted that state officials expect that the top 25 out of 85 requests could be funded before the money runs out. Also high on the list is the District 25 Bus Barn on east Sunset. “It’s number 5 on the list for funding. We’re proposing to remodel the existing office for mechanics use and move the office to the exterior of the building, on the west side,” he said.  “Another part is to bring the building up to code with sprinkler systems and create a wash area on the east side of the building.”

Snyder told the trustees that he is very hopeful that both projects would be funded. “The high school project would be phased over three years,” he said.

In his Superintendent’s report, Snyder also gave the trustees an update on the District’s search for a 7.5 to 10 acre parcel of land for a new elementary school. He said the Reach Foundation had proposed a parcel of land they own, but Snyder said its proximity to the current middle and high school would be problematic due to existing traffic congestion. Snyder also said he would like to “try to distribute our buildings around town” and not just in one area. He did say that two sites, that were not identified, are currently the top two sites and he said they are looking at obtaining appraisals for those parcels. He also said the district would continue looking for acceptable parcels.

Snyder also said the SFD indicated a willingness to help the district obtain the former High Plains Power building on West Main, which sits adjacent to the old school campus and the current district maintenance shop, which was first built in 1941. “We are now getting a second appraisal that the SFD has required. “It’s a nice opportunity if we can do it and if the state can purchase it. They were receptive to it,” he said.