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State OKs more money for work at new Riverton elementary site

Mar 12, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Fremont County School District 25 received favorable news when the Schools Facilities Department agreed to provide additional funding for the pavement and utility work at the site of the new elementary school in Riverton.

Superintendent Terry Snyder told the school board that he and other district staff met with SFD and local state legislators to stress the importance in having two exits and entrances at the site for the safety of the students and conveniency to parents and other community members.

"Good traffic flow is critical for the success of the building," Snyder said he communicated to the director of SFD, Reps. David Miller, Rita Campbell and Sen. Eli Bebout.

The SFD determined it could provide an additional $200,000 for the planning of sewer, water, curb and gutter, and sidewalk work at the connections adjoining the west Monroe and south Major avenues. The district purchased 16 acres of land on 1200 W. Monroe Ave. for construction of the new building that would help the district meet a 16:1 student-to-teacher ratio that is currently not being met.

SFD also agreed to help pave two street extensions with $1.5 million in funding that would be part of the supplemental budget request from SFD to the legislature in 2015. The school is not expected to be completed until 2016.

Snyder said they will forward the message to the rest of the legislative body as to how important it is to have a double egress at a school site.

"We believe it's a reasonable request and an important element to this project," Snyder said, adding that in meeting with legislators and appropriating those funds, it saved the planning process two to three months.

"I believe that our senator and representatives in the house worked a little overtime for us," school board member Glen Ogg said Tuesday.

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