Moving in

Aug 17, 2017 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Fort Washakie school staff had mostly moved into their new elementary and high school classrooms as construction crews applied the final touches to the buildings this week.

Students were welcome to visit their classrooms and meet their new teachers before school starts Tuesday.

Final touches

Superintendent Terry Ebert said workers are scheduled to complete the landscaping, sidewalks, parking lots and installation of sprinkler systems outside of the school campus.

He said the traffic flow for buses and vehicles is not fully set up yet and will change as the school year progresses, which will hopefully not confuse people.

Getting acquainted

Staff participated in activities this month to help them get acquainted with the building.

Community members have been given tours of the schools, too, while representatives from the Wyoming Schools Facilities Commission are expected to visit soon, Ebert said.

All new and old school buildings and parking lots together now occupy around 200,000 square feet.

The library/community center was not removed and instead was incorporated into the current design, as it was a fairly new building.

The Schools Facilities Department provided about $52.7 million for the new buildings, while the school district provided an additional $1.6 million for enhancements.

Sletten Construction is the general contractor.

New features include STEM labs, shop classes, bigger art rooms, a band room, behavioral classrooms, media rooms, special education classrooms, common areas and lunch rooms with stages.

Each classroom will also be equipped with Google Chrome books and interactive touch screen TVs.

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