LCSD1 Shows Boundary Proposals for new Elementary

By: Kyle Markley Email
By: Kyle Markley Email

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Laramie County School District 1 officials invited the community to a public forum to discuss boundaries for the new Prairie Wind Elementary school Tuesday night.
Laramie County School District 1 has been trying to build a new elementary school in the northern part of the central triad for years. Disputes over where the school would be located kept the project from moving forward, while schools became more overcrowded.
Last week, new Prairie Wind Elementary school finally broke ground on Yellowstone Road, just north of the Iron Mountain intersection.
"Right now we have five modular buildings because we have more capacity than we have seats for students," said Dave Bartlett, Assistant Superintendent of Support Operations for LCSD1.
LCSD1 officials presented four different boundary plans for parents to take a look at so the school could get their input on potential flaws in each plan.
"In a rural situation we're looking to reduce the amount of time on a bus and in an urban situation we're looking to increase the number of students that are able to walk to their neighborhood school," Bartlett said.
Prairie Wind would add 507 seats. With the boundary changes they would plan to fill about 400 of those seats initially, leaving room as the area continues to develop.
Results gathered from the community will be taken back to an advisory committee who will then give their recommendation to the school board.
A final decision could be made as soon as May.
LCSD1 says by Thursday, March 6 they plan to have maps of the four boundary plans on their website, www.laramie1.org, as well as a survey to get your feedback.
The new Prairie Wind Elementary is scheduled to open in August of 2015.


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