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Third suitor emerges for modular school building

Third suitor emerges for modular school building

Dec 13, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Three local entities have expressed interest in a modular building offered for sale by Fremont County School District 25.

Fremont County, the City of Riverton, and the Fremont County Board of Cooperative Educational Services all have identified ways they could use the 840-square-foot structure that comes equipped with two office spaces, one restroom and a reception area. The building, previously a district maintenance facility, currently sits in the parking lot of Rendezvous Elementary School.

Superintendent Terry Snyder said he didn't anticipate that the modular would be so popular, but he was happy it would be of use.

"We provided that opportunity for all local agencies, and we're glad to be able to provide it to them," he said during a District 25 board of trustees meeting Tuesday. "This is an offering not done for any type of financial benefit to us. We really want to try to reuse it if we possibly can."

Two of the three groups interested in the building would put it to educational use, Snyder said. BOCES would turn it into a clinic that would provide health care services for students on the Wind River Indian Reservation, and the county wants it for a Juvenile Detention Alternatives and Report Center that would give juvenile offenders alternatives to incarceration.

"Then the city is interested in using it as a location for a meeting and gathering spot for their city employees," Snyder said.

Trustee Larry Christensen was in favor of the two uses that would serve local children.

"I'd like to see that (building) relegated to the two educational facility interests we have here," he said. "It makes perfect sense to me that we'd do that."He also requested that both entities appear in front of the board to discuss their plans for the modular structure.

"I think that's a good solution," board member Carl Manning said. "Being able to hear what their proposals are from them would be very helpful."

Mark Stone, the board's new chairman, agreed that either BOCES or Fremont County would be a good choice.

"A health clinic or a day check-in station ... are both things that are really needed," Stone said.

Snyder said he would invite representatives from both groups to visit with the board during a future meeting.

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