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Already state's biggest, Rendezvous school to grow

Jan 29, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

The administrative team at Rendezvous Elementary School has begun planning for next year, when even more third- through fifth-grade students are expected to attend classes in the building.

The school on North Fourth Street West, which previously housed Riverton's fourth- and fifth-graders, was remodeled last summer to accommodate the city's third-graders as well. Officials said the move helped the district more closely comply with the state's 16:1 student-teacher ratio requirement for grades K-3.

As a result of the change, about 580 students were enrolled at Rendezvous this year -- about 200 more than usual. Rendezvous has the biggest elementary enrollment in Wyoming.

Fremont County School District 25 Superintendent Terry Snyder said the student body at Rendezvous should be even bigger next year, in part because the incoming second-grade class is larger than the outgoing fifth-grade class.

Enrollment numbers show more than 220 second-graders enrolled in Riverton schools this year compared to 180 fifth-graders.

"We anticipate at least three

additional classroom needs for that space," Snyder said this week.

There are 10 classrooms dedicated to third-grade instruction at Rendezvous this year, but Snyder said 12 will be necessary in 2013-14. At the same time, he said, the number of fourth-grade sections will have to go up from nine to 10 to accommodate a few more students coming up from the third grade.

"The challenge is, can we find the space," Snyder said.

He has asked the Rendezvous staff to formulate a plan that could be presented to the School Facilities Commission next month. Meanwhile, he said he will look at ways to pay for three additional teachers that will be needed to fill the three additional classrooms at Rendezvous.

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