The School District 1 Board of Trustees, along with members of the Wyoming State School Facilities Commission and the Sheridan Delegation to the Wyoming Legislature were present last night at a community forum to go over the approved plans of the new Big Horn Elementary School. District Superintendent Sue Belish.
The new school will keep the current gymnasium, and will be built using some "green" technology, including little water for watering any green space, pint-flush toilets, and solar-tube lighting that will bring in more natural light. The building, which will be in the same location as the current one, will be two stories. Plans are also in place that if enrollment increases in the future, the building can be expanded at the north end.
Parking spaces currently number 120; the new parking lot will fit 176 vehicles, and sits between the elementary and the new middle school/high school building. Faculty parking will be on the east side of the elementary school. The bus loop will be at the south end of the campus.
Middle- and high school students will be in their new building this fall; the elementary students should be in their new building at the beginning of the 2011 school year.
Belish estimates about $5.1 million left from Phases 1 and 2, along with $3.6 million will go toward the cost of building the new Big Horn Elementary. Also bond money and some General Fund dollars will be used.