District 25 leans toward south site for new school

Sep 11, 2013 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Fremont County School District 25 is making progress in securing real estate for a new elementary school and has started brainstorming future uses for the old Lincoln Elementary School property in east Riverton.

Superintendent Terry Snyder told the Riverton school board Tuesday that, "at this point we are making an offer on one of two properties and assistant superintendent Mike Collins and I will meet with the landowners (Wednesday) to talk about where they think they are. They have some concerns."

Snyder said he will sit down with the landowners and try to come to a resolution and have a contract ready to present to the sellers. If the contract is agreed to, it also will have to be approved by the Wyoming School Facilities Commission.

"Hopefully we can get something done with that in the near future, which then allows us the green light," Snyder said.


He also said Collins has discovered that an easement exists on property being considered for a new elementary school. The land begins where Monroe Avenue ends and extends west.

"That was, to me, good planning on the city's part on the need for a street through that part of the development. Whatever costs to put that through to Major (Avenue) will be to our expense. (Collins's) hunch was right," Snyder said.

Snyder also reported that the school district is considering the feasibility of building a district maintenance facility on the property where Lincoln Elementary School once stood.

"It is our intent to keep that property at this time," Snyder said. "We don't have a plan for it. We've discussed a couple of different options that it might be used for."

The maintenance facility option would require work with the SFC to proceed.

"We could get all of our equipment in and replace our old building," Snyder said.

Earlier this year the district failed in its attempt to purchase the High Plains Power property just east of Tonkin Stadium. The district had hoped to move its maintenance operations to that property.

Snyder said the demolition of Lincoln Elementary School has been completed and the district will continue to put down magnesium chloride to eliminate a dust problem that has been of concern to neighbors after well issues prevented the placement of grass on the property.

Also, Snyder said, the old elementary school property is about one-third the size required for the new elementary school.

In other action, the board:

- Approved FFA's request for out-of-state travel for four students to attend the FFA Quiz Bowl national competition Oct. 28 to Nov. 2 in Louisville, Ky.

- Heard from Stacey Peranteaux, representing the Education First Foreign Exchange program, who introduced the eight exchange students from Germany, Switzerland and Thailand. The students spoke to the board on their experience so far at Riverton High School.

- Awarded a $35,000 bid to 71 Construction for a bus garage drainage improvement project.

- Approved a resolution that allowed a 1 percent retention bonus be paid to qualifying employees as approved by the Wyoming State Legislature. Snyder added that although the district is in a salary freeze, the 1 percent bonus will be extended to new employees as a matter of fairness, and the district allowed salary movement for employees who had completed educational requirements to move on the district's salary schedule.

- Approved a contract to Brian Shultz as the Riverton Middle School volleyball "C" team coach to accommodate the extra participants in the program.

- Approved early graduation requests for Andi Souza and Sheyla Henry to allow them to graduate after the fall semester.

- Approved a contract to Brenda Peterman as a math instructional facilitator for the 2013-2014 school year.

- Discussed the creation of a committee to recognize past and present contributors to the school district.

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