New School May Be in Buffalo's Near Future

Dr. Rod Kessler
Dr. Rod Kessler

The Board of Directors for Johnson County School District No. 1 held their regular meeting Monday night, and the board was given good news from a number of sources.

District Superintendent Dr. Rod Kessler reported that he has attended a number of Legisaltive meetings in Cheyenne recently, and was pleased to hear that the Wyoming Legislature has earmarked $10 million to go towards a new elementary school in Buffalo.

The money has not been awarded yet, Kessler said, but this first step is a positive for the school district.

There are a number of bills in the Legislature that Kessler is following and he will update the board as information becomes available.

Also at the meeting, testing results from Meadowlark Elementary were presented showing good results in Measures of Academic Progress, or MAPS Testing.

Kids in kindergarten through third grade were given tests in language arts, reading and math and the results showed improvement from the beginning of the year to mid-year.

The students are graded into four categories: advanced, proficient, at-risk and highly at-risk. Most of Meadowlark's students fell into the advanced to proficient categories with some at-risk and very few highly at-risk in all three testing categories.

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