Riverton school district received clean audit report; District capacity needs subject of study

 By Ernie Over, managing editor, county10.com

(Riverton, Wyo.) – When the Fremont County School District #25 Board of Trustees met this week in Riverton, only one item was on the agenda, the annual audit review.  Superintendent Terry Snyder said it was the kind of report that he liked. “There were no recommendations for change, everything was done properly and it was an excellent audit,” Snyder said.

The report was presented by Dave Brinda from the Certified Public Accounting firm of McKee, Marburger and Fagnant of Lander. The local accountants are on a year-to-year contract with the District.

“Mike Collins, our business manager, and our staff are very contentious and everything is done by protocol,” Snyder said. “Their work led to a clean audit.”

The superintendent said Collins “keeps me in the loop so I know what’s going on, I’m very much involved with the process.”

While the audit was the only action item on the agenda, there were other highlights as well. “I was pleased that FCSD#25 was presented with a ‘Standard of Excellence Award’ from the Wyoming School Boards Association at its annual convention, Snyder reported. “We had five of our seven board members who were able to attend the sessions in Casper, and they all discussed the benefits of being there,” he said.

In his Superintendent’s report, Snyder said he was happy to report on several volunteer projects that students in the district had been a part of Thanksgiving week. “We talked about the volunteer projects the high school students do yearly, including the Wolverines In Action community service projects on the last half-day before the holiday and of the Key Club’s annual Thanksgiving dinners that served 480 people around town with hot meals,” he said. “They were both very successful, we have a lot of good kids here.” Snyder said the latter project also involved not only high school students, but also lots of community support with students and staff from around the District also pitching in to help.

Coming up on the calendar this coming Tuesday, Snyder said representatives from the consulting firm M.O.A. will be in Riverton to do a more in-depth study of capacity needs in the district.  “It’s a part of a School Facilities Department process which earlier identified the six most needy school districts in the state in terms of significant capacity needs,” Snyder said. “In our case, our predominant need is in the elementary school at the K-3 level.”

Snyder said the investigation would lead to a report being presented to the Wyoming Department of Education by the end of February on how to address those needs. He said the recommendation could lead to one of three outcomes. “We’ll know if we need to do building renovations, expansions or new facilities,” Snyder said.