District 25 planning for an alternative high school; State moratorium lifted

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Riverton Schools Superintendent Terry Snyder said District #25 is planning for the possibility of establishing an alternative high school.

“The State just took the moratorium off for development of alternative schools,” he told the school board Tuesday night.
Snyder said the most logical location for the alternative school, initially, would be the three story former high school classroom facility at West Main and North 5th West.

“The Wyoming Department of Education has two floors of that building that they presently occupy. In two years they’ve agreed to condense their offices into a single floor. That doesn’t mean we’ll get approved, but we’re trying to plan programs to help kids,” he said.

Snyder, back in February, told the trustees that Riverton has a need for alternative programing. “We would love to have an alternative program first before we consider bricks and mortar,” he said then. Tuesday night Snyder repeated that and said an alternative school would serve to “save some we have and to bring some kids who have dropped out back and get them a high school diploma.” The superintendent said the alternative school might not help the district’s drop-out rate with kids who had dropped out, “but we want the kids to get their diploma.”

Snyder said the district’s present Special Services/Alternative School adjacent to both Riverton High School and Riverton Middle School serves a different population from that of a separate high school. “We have about 25 to 30 kids in that program now.

Snyder said the district is planning an application for the alternative high school. “A lot of things are starting to come into focus for that facility,” he said.