School Facilities Commission to conduct monthly meeting in Worland
Tours of Ten Sleep, WHS scheduled next week
June 20, 2019
WORLAND — The state School Facilities Commission (SFC) will tour Ten Sleep and Worland schools and then conduct a two-day work session in Worland next week.
The SFC will meet in Worland for a work session Wednesday, June 26 at 1 p.m. Prior to the work session on Wednesday, the commission is scheduled to tour the Ten Sleep K-12 school starting at 9:30 a.m.
Thursday morning prior to the start of the work session, the commission will tour Worland High School. The work session on Thursday, June 27, continues at 9:30 a.m.
Both of these sessions will be held at Worland High School in the band room.
Washakie County School District No. 1 Business Manager Jack Stott said that the SFC meets monthly and new chairman Matt Garland has opted to move the meetings around the state.
In a letter to school district superintendents, business managers and facilities directors dated June 3, Garland wrote, “As the new chairman of the [SFC], it is important to me that the commission builds a stronger rapport with you, the school districts. To accomplish this I have requested that my colleagues take a more active and participatory roll as commissioners, and I am requesting your increased participation and involvement at our SFC meetings as district representatives.
“I realize that it takes time and funding to have a representative come to these meetings, but having your input on matters that will directly affect your district will be well worth the investment. To help accommodate for this issue and to encourage greater participation from districts that do not normally attend, the commission and I have directed that the meetings be held in different districts around the state.”
“They decided that the June meeting would be here. We are helping with logistics,” Stott said.
Stott said the tour at WHS will include discussions of the two construction projects, the sewer line replacement and the renovation of the entryway for security and Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades.
“We’re happy to have them,” Stott said.
Included on Wednesday’s agenda for the SFC is informational items regarding immediate relief funding for the Jackson Hole Middle School; and Frontier High School in Kemmerer.
According to information on the Frontier school, in June 2018, Lincoln County School District No. 1 received approval from the Commission to conduct a study to update a previous seismic study. Based on the evaluation, the recommended structural work would require the building to be completely gutted and rebuilt from the foundation up.
In March, Dubbe Moulder Architects/Y2 Consultants/CE Cost Engineers presented five options from take no action to demolish the existing school and design a build a new school at an estimated cost of $15.3 million.
Action items on the commission’s agenda include approving an expanded study for Laramie County School District 1 in Cheyenne to explore options to address K-12 capacity; and approving a request by the district to use alternative enrollment data using a five-year projection period.
Thursday morning’s agenda following the tour includes a public comment period and commissioner and director comments.
A full agenda and additional information can be found at the School Facilities Commission website.