Alternative Schools Move to Highland

Sign identifies old Highland Park as home to Sheridan's alternative schools. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Sign identifies old Highland Park as home to Sheridan's alternative schools. (Photo by Pat Blair)

The first day of school this week was a day of transitions in Sheridan.

As Coffeen School students started classes in the new Henry A. Coffeen Elementary School on Sheridan Avenue, students of the city's two alternative schools began their first day in the old Highland Park Elementary School.

The school building on Highland Avenue that was home to Coffeen students while their new school was being built now will be used by Fort MacKenzie High School and The Wright Place. The alternative schools have been in the Early Building on the Sheridan Junior High School since 2005, but Sheridan County School District 2 will now seek state approval to build new facilities for them. Scott Stults, the district's director of elementary education, said there were several reasons the district wants to relocate the alternative schools.

He said moving the two schools to Highland Park also allows students to go onto the same schedule as Sheridan High School rather than the junior high school schedule. He explained this will allow the Fort MacKenzie students to take elective classes at Sheridan High School.

He said moving the alternative schools into separate facilities will allow the school district to get them listed on a state facilities needs index, which is the first step in getting approval for a new building from the State School Facilities Commission.

SheridanWyoming.com

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