(Riverton, Wyo.) – Riverton Schools Superintendent Terry Snyder updated the district’s trustees Tuesday night on negotiations for a parcel of land at the end of West Monroe for a new elementary school site. That parcel was pegged as the district’s top priority for a new 360-student school. “We’re not taking any action tonight, I’ll just be updating the board on the process,” Snyder said after the regular meeting closed at 7:39 p.m. and adjourned into an executive session.
Snyder said the need for the new school was documented in the district’s enrollment this fall. “Compared to last year at this same time, we are up 58 students. We continue to see an increase in enrollment, ” he reported.
Individually, he said there were 16 more students this fall in the k-2 grades, grades 3-5 were up by 25 pupils, the middle school was down by 29, Riverton High School was up 49 students and the alternate school was down by two students.
“That represents a two percent increase in enrollment, and our numbers continue to stay solid. We have reached a plateau, our bubble is here to stay and that’s why we’re looking to increase our capacity,” the superintendent said. Snyder said when reviewing the numbers for the past three to four years, the district enrollment is up by some 130 to 140 students. ”I just wanted to share that, it’s a pretty significant increase when you look at it.”
As of this week, the district has enrolled 2,639 students, compared to 2,581 last year at this time. The k-2 total is 689 students, there are 604 students in grades 3-5 at Rendezvous School, the middle school sits at 543 students and RHS is at 782. The Alternative School enrollment is 21 students.
The Wyoming School Facilities Department earlier this month gave the district permission to negotiate on the land at its appraised value, which was not disclosed, and now the district and the landowner are negotiating the deal.