Wyo. State Study: Casper Needs More Elementary Schools

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

A state study of six school districts where officials say their classrooms are overcrowded supports what Natrona County School District officials have concluded: The district is experiencing an enrollment influx and needs more elementary school classrooms.

Design funds for a new elementary school in the Natrona County School District are part of a list of priorities compiled by Wyoming School Facilities Department staff. The list is partially based on a department study on school capacity issues, according to Stan Hobbs, planning administrator for the SFD.

The Wyoming School Facilities Commission will discuss the study and priorities at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s regional office in Casper at 3030 Energy Ln., Suite 100. A work session is scheduled for 9 a.m. today and a regular meeting begins at 9 a.m. Thursday.

The priorities list recommends how to use the $10 million appropriated by the 2013 Wyoming Legislature for “planning and design remedies to address school building capacity needs,” as identified by the commission, according to Troy Decker, planning coordinator for the SFD. Any construction would require legislative funding, Hobbs said.

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