Supt. Terry Snyder, left, and members of the FCSD#25 Board of Trustees include: Lynette Jeffres, Glenn Ogg, Larry Christensen, Mark Stone, Dean Peranteaux, Carl Manning and Jody Ray. (Ernie Over photo)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – The purchase of a parcel of land for a new elementary school in Riverton is on the agenda for the next meeting of the Wyoming School Facilities Commission one week from today.
At Tuesday night’s Fremont County School District #25 Trustees meeting, Superintendent Terry Snyder said the issue would be discussed in an executive session at that meeting, as it involves a real estate transaction. Snyder said the SFC has been provided with a proposed contract for the purchase, “and we’ve scheduled a meeting next Thursday with an action item for the purchase of property. By the end of next week we’ll know what funds they’ll support us with,” he reported. The parcel under consideration is 16.5 acres in size.
The District has been negotiating for a parcel of land at the end of West Monroe Avenue on Riverton’s southwest side for the site of a new elementary school. Construction of the school would bring the district into compliance with a legislative mandate that the teacher/student ratio for the primary grades be 1 to 16. Presently the district is at a ratio of 1 to 19. As the primary grades continue to grow in enrollment, the new school is planned to house 360 students to accommodate future enrollment growth.
Snyder also said the District has identified some 27 District residents across a wide spectrum in its attempt to recruit members for a Collaborative Facilities Committee.
“We want to talk to this committee about plans in place and give them first hand information on what we’re doing. We want their input and advice on problem solving for the district’s facility needs,” he said. “We want more people to have first hand information so they can share that accurate information in the community.”
Among the projects the district would like to initiate are an auditorium and a wrestling room at Riverton High School and planning for the Alternative School.
In a somewhat related topic, Snyder reported he had a meeting with a community member and a representative from city government about how the district’s facility needs could tie into “their desire for a recreation center in Riverton. We identified a couple of things that may be a possibility.”
Snyder said he didn’t know where the idea would go, but he said “there are people working hard to increase opportunities for our kids.”
The last time the issue for a recreation center for Riverton was brought before voters, in collaboration with facilities enhancement at Central Wyoming College, it was overwhelmingly voted down in a bond election.