Board members for School District 2 met briefly Wednesday to award bids for fixtures, furniture and equipment for the new Meadowlark Elementary School.
District facilities director Julie Carroll told the board that the total cost to the district for the products will be $355,428.29. The school is on schedule for completion this summer as the furnishings will be moved in beginning July 15, in time for students to occupy the school for the 2012-13 school year in August.
Facility Plan: Kindergarten Enrollment Up
Carroll told the board the district has reviewed its facility master plan in order for it to be submitted to the Wyoming School Facilities Commission by a May 10 deadline. The board was presented last November with the plan that details how increasing enrollment will require an additional, or sixth, elementary school and a new alternative school.
Carroll says the information is essentially the same as presented in November, while current Kindergarten enrollment is up from 308 students to now 330.
In those five-year projections School District 2 will work toward four goals: enrollment projections, the new Coffeen as a three-section elementary, the addition of sixth elementary school and support new alternative school (new Ft. Mackenzie and Wright Place, in place of old Woodland Park school).
As stated in the plan, the district will request funding for the sixth elementary school and new alternative school for the 2014 biennium.
Increasing Security At SHS
The board approved advertisements for professional services that will renovate and increase security to the entrance at Sheridan High School.
Each of the district's new schools (SJHS, Woodland Park) use a similar entrance security design where visitors must be buzzed into the front doors through the office. Carroll says they've planned the project at SHS for a few years now, but it took some time to get it funded.
On top of the $14 million District 2 received for a new Coffeen Elementary School during legislative session, they received $800,000 in capital construction funding for the SHS entrance project. Construction for the project will go out to bid in March 2013 with work to begin that summer.