Feb 1, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterDespite efforts to avoid adding staff at Rendezvous Elementary School this year, Riverton school administrators said they need more help cleaning up after the 580 or so students who attend class in the building every day.
The school on North Fourth Street West in Riverton, which previously housed Riverton's fourth- and fifth-graders, was remodeled this summer to accommodate the city's 200 third-graders as well. Officials said the move helped the district more closely comply with the state's 16:1 student-teacher ratio requirement for grades K-3.
More than a dozen teachers also were hired as part of the effort to reach the 16:1 ratio. Fremont County School District 25 Superintendent Terry Snyder said he has tried not to add any more staffing this year, but it became clear that a part-time custodian was necessary at Rendezvous.
"During the lunch period we observed the capacity of that room," Snyder said during a Jan. 8 board meeting. "It was necessary to provide additional custodial support. ... We found if a student had a spill and there's a breakdown in another part of the building we had a pretty significant lack of services."
The original request was for a new full-time custodian, but Snyder last month recommended the board approve a four-hour position for now.
"We're trying to minimize that (cost) but provide the service," Snyder said.
The school's new custodian will be hired to work from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily for about $18 per hour through the end of this school year.
"Then we'll look at it again for what we'll do next year," district personnel manager Karen Wardner said this week.
She added that the position does not include benefits.
Riverton's student-teacher ratio currently sits at about 19:1.
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