Sep 12, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterThe site initially could be used to help ease access congestion at two Riverton elementary schools.
Fremont County School District 25 has finalized the purchase of three lots along Pershing Avenue that should improve access to Riverton's Jackson and Rendezvous elementary schools once it is developed.
Combined, the neighboring elementary schools house a total of 751 students this year, with 585 of those attending third- through fifth-grade classes at Rendezvous.
Last year, only 374 fourth- and fifth-grade students were enrolled at Rendezvous in the first week of school, but the building was renovated this summer to accommodate local third-graders as well.
Superintendent Terry 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.
He said the acquisition and development of the 1.98-acre Pershing Avenue property, which lies just north of both school buildings, should help mitigate traffic problems that have arisen since classes began last month.
In particular, Snyder said Fourth Street east of Rendezvous Elementary School gets congested before and after school.
"That's the result of the buses having to put their red flashers on because they're parked on the street," Snyder said.
Officials have set up barricades directing parents on Pershing Avenue to avoid Fourth Street by heading west, turning south on Eighth Street, then going east on Jackson Avenue.
"And on the south side (of Fourth Street) we blocked it off so they can't come from the south to go north," Snyder said. "But we don't really like that solution. We'd really like to look at some improvement on that."
He said one option is to design a vehicle pull-in area east of Rendezvous where buses could park away from the road. Snyder said school officials will investigate that idea to determine how much it would cost.
The Wyoming School Facilities Commission approved the purchase of the Pershing Avenue property last month and will reimburse the district for the $190,000 cost of the land. In previous reports, Snyder said the lots also will provide a convenient site for construction if the district ever builds a new school.
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