District 25 makes offer on two sites for building new school

Sep 4, 2013 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The first offers for land in Riverton needed to build a new elementary school for Fremont County School District 25 has been submitted, said superintendent Terry Snyder.

At the end of August the Wyoming Schools Facilities Commission gave the OK to the district to make offers for land the district thinks would work best as a site for a new elementary school in Riverton.

Snyder said the district is working with realtors to form the appraisals and propose offers to the property owners.

"I hope we can work something out," Snyder said. "Our offer will be fair. We made a fair offer within the appraised value of those properties."

The amounts offered cannot be disclosed during the negotiation process.

The first "priority" property offer, Snyder said, is for 16 acres on the south part of town. The second property is about 15 acres in the north part of Riverton.

Egress access is considered for each option, meaning each site can be entered and exited in two different locations on the site for the purpose of safety and traffic flow.

The district has been approved to acquire a minimum 10 acres for an elementary school site, but Snyder said that to preserve the possibility of expanding the school, a larger site is being pursued.

All told, the district has looked into nine properties in Riverton and the funds already have been approved by the state to begin the planning and development process for this project, Snyder said.

The School Facilities Commission will need to approve the contract when an offer has been accepted.

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