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District 25 buys land on Pershing

Aug 29, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Almost two acres of land north of Jackson and Rendezvous elementary schools will become part of Fremont County School District 25 after officials finalize purchase of the property Friday.

The Wyoming School Facilities Commission approved purchase of the 1.98 acres and will reimburse the District for the $190,000 cost of the land.

Superintendent Terry Snyder said the three lots along Pershing Avenue eventually could be the site of a new school facility, but for now the land will be used to ease the flow of traffic to and from Jackson and Rendezvous elementary.

Combined, the elementary schools house a total of 702 students this year -- almost 125 more than usual since Rendezvous was renovated this summer to accommodate all of Riverton's 190 third-graders.

Snyder said the change moved the district closer to Wyoming's mandated 16:1 student-teacher ratio, but it also has caused congestion when parents pick up and drop off their children.

"We have very intense traffic," Snyder said Tuesday during the District 25 Board of Trustees regular meeting.

The access north to Pershing Avenue should help, he said. In addition, the property will provide a convenient site for construction if the district ever builds a new school.

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