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Entrances at elementary schools ready for remodel

Jun 6, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The Fremont County School District 25 Board of Trustees awarded a contract to Yeates Construction of Riverton this week for upcoming remodels at the security entrances of Rendezvous and Jackson elementary schools.

Yeates was the lowest bidder, offering an estimate of about $295,000 for the Rendezvous building addition and remodel and about $220,000 for the work to Jackson.

Larry Hartwell, the district's building and grounds supervisor, said the projects are meant to maintain and improve security at the schools, and he pointed out that Yeates already completed the security entrance remodel at Riverton High School last summer.

The work also should alleviate some congestion at Rendezvous, where all of Riverton's third- through fifth-graders attend school in an effort to meet Wyoming's mandated 16:1 student-teacher ratio. Hartwell said this project will move Rendezvous's main entrance back to the east side of the building along North Fourth Street West, and a modular will be placed on the school's south side where a temporary main entrance had been situated.

At Jackson elementary, Hartwell said an addition will be built on the east side of the school's existing entrance, and some interior renovation will take place to prepare for the changes.

He expects construction on the new projects to begin this week, with completion anticipated by the end of July. Hartwell added that it's been about three years since planning began for the remodels.

"We're glad to see these projects going," he said.

Funding

Both jobs will be paid for through the district's major maintenance budget and with component funds assigned by the state, but Hartwell said he still needs about $52,000 for the new square footage at Rendezvous. Administrators said they may ask the School Facilities Commission to help provide the funding.

At Jackson, Hartwell said about $25,000 was left over in the project budget, but that money will have to go back to the state.

Other bidders for the projects included SDI General Contractors from Lander and Jerry Bornhoft Construction from Riverton.

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