Riverton Schools to learn fate of capacity construction projects next week; Goal to reach 16:1 student/teacher ratio

A remodeling of the front entrance of Rendezvous School will add 600 square feet to enhance security features of the building. (Ernie Over photo)

A remodeling of the front entrance of Rendezvous School would add 600 square feet to enhance security features of the building. Additional remodeling would add new classrooms to help the district accommodate a growing student population. (Ernie Over photo)

By Ernie Over, managing editor, County10.com

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The trustees of Fremont County School District #25 in Riverton learned Tuesday night that the District’s capacity needs are to be addressed by the Wyoming School Facilities Department (SFD) in a meeting next week. The Riverton schools are presently at 123 percent of capacity. Proposed are plans to construct a new K-3 elementary school with three sections, perform a 40 percent remodel of Rendezvous Elementary and either expand and renovate or replace Jackson school.

At last month’s regular meeting, trustees opted to support a plan that would replace Jackson, rather than renovate a 60 year-old building.

Superintendent Terry Snyder reported that the capacity construction projects have only received development funds at this point, and the construction has not yet been funded. He said the SFD will make that decision next week.

Snyder said the district is working toward meeting the legislative mandated goal of a 16:1 student/teacher ratio for the K-3 grades. “We’ve made progress with that, moving from a 25:1 ratio to this year’s 18.7:1 ratio. He said the new capacity, if approved, would enable the district to reach the mandated goal.

The superintendent said he has been participating on a committee looking at various school districts with capacity needs. “I wanted to be a part of that, we’re not the only district with capacity needs,” he said. “The committee was looking at how to be fair to all the districts with needs, and I do think we have a plan to meet those needs.”

He said he will attend the SFD meetings next week to represent the district and to communicate the school board’s wishes for its preferred options. “We want them to know our preference and rationale for the various scenarios,” he said. “We’re well on our way to get something done, we’re about ready to roll.”

To read about the capacity study and a full explanation of the District’s preferences, click here.