Contractors are near the completion of security and office enhancements at Rendezvous School. On Monday morning, exterior work was underway. (Ernie Over photo)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – In the language of NASA, Fremont County School District #25 is at T-minus seven days and counting. Contractors are rushing to complete security enhancements at Jackson and Rendezvous schools with the start of classes only seven days away. This morning, however, it was liftoff for staff as preparations for the start of school are now in full swing.
Superintendent Terry Snyder welcomed the certified and classified staff back to work for the new school year that began today, with students starting August 26th. “We have 30 new certified staff members and 16 new classified staff this year,” Snyder said Monday. “This is always an exciting time of year, it’s what this business is all about, our kids.”
At the all-staff morning function Monday, a moment of silence was held in memory of Tammy Milleson, a district employee who passed away suddenly this summer.
In addition to the new staff members, the district also welcomed new administrators who assumed their roles after the close of school last year. Introduced to the gathering was Assistant Superintendent Dr. JoAnne Flanagan, Riverton High School Principal John Griffith, Assistant High School Principal Reggie Miller, Jackson Elementary Principal Curt Collins, Assistant Middle School Principal Brant Nyberg, Rendezvous School Principal Sheryl Esposito and Rendezvous Assistant Elementary Principal Jeff Sandlian.
Snyder also introduced the District’s newest School Resource Officer, Sergio Cabada, who will be working the elementary schools.
The District’s three formal SRO’s, Charlie Marshall at RHS, Cody Meyers at RMS and Cabada then made a presentation to the staff on the new emergency response program that is being introduced into the district this year. If there is a threat to the schools and students, the A.L.i.C.E.Program will be employed. A.L.i.C.E. is the acronym for Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter and Evacuate. “We don’t want our students and staff to be sitting ducks if something were to occur,” said new RHS Principal John Griffith, “This new program gives options to the staff and students.” Read about County10.com’s explanation of the A.L.i.C.E. program here.
After the morning orientation for staff, Snyder said he is pleased that all buildings in the district now have secured entryways. “The work at Jackson and Rendezvous is not finished, but they’re getting close,” he said. “The remodeling at those schools included moving the SRO’s to the front of the buildings, for more visibility and security. Snyder said “People coming into the building will see their vehicles out front and will see their office by the front door.”
Snyder said the classroom work at Rendezvous has been completed, but that office and the security enhancements are still ongoing. “I think we’ll make it in time.”
The FCSD#25 Superintendent said preliminary enrollment looks steady and on par with the last two years. The district ended the 2012-13 school year with 2,512 students and in 2011-12 the final enrollment was 2,502. “It’s too early to say what we’ll have because it is variable right now, but it looks like enrollment will be very solid, and comparable to the last two years, which both saw small increases.”