GREEN RIVER — A flier passed around Sweetwater County School District No. 2 titled “School Closure Information: A Community Guide” discusses the proposal to mothball Jackson Elementary School, though the district’s board of trustees has not yet voted on the matter.
The Rocket-Miner obtained the flier Tuesday.
In outlining the “information used for the recommendation to close Jackson Elementary,” the flier notes after the relocation of English Language Learners and 18 transfer students, the school has the “smallest home-boundary” with an enrollment of 120 students. In addition, the district said the building needs upgrades and “unfortunately, there looks to be no state funding available in the near future for upgrading school buildings.”
Under the subtitle “Closing of Jackson,” it states “The closing of Jackson Elementary has a potential savings of $1.22 million, which would address a major portion of the $1.45 million of known reductions due to enrollment.” Part of Wyoming school funding is based on student enrollment totals.
Under the subtitle “What will happen to Jackson Elementary,” it states “Jackson will go into a process that is called mothballing.” It adds, “If the student population grew in Green River, the district would begin the process of reopening Jackson.”
There is supposed to be a vote on Jackson closing, which is scheduled for the monthly board meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Central Administration Building, 320 Monroe Ave. in Green River.
District Superintendent Donna Little-Kaumo did not return a request for comment. Gayle Kendall and Ralph Obray, the principals of Washington Elementary and Expedition Academy, respectively did not return two calls apiece.
The flier at least went to those two schools, along with Truman Elementary and Monroe Intermediate. There are 11 total schools in the district.
The brochure also says a “reconfiguration plan” related to moving Jackson students to Monroe “was approved by the board of trustees two years ago and the district has been working to ready the spaces for the K-5’s (students) and a 6th-8th middle school environment.”
The flier also encourages people to tell lawmakers about their concerns regarding education funding, visit www.swcsd2.org to find talking points and attend the Nov. 14 board meeting.
The school board agenda, which can be found at www.boarddocs.com/wy/scsd2/Board.nsf/Public, includes consideration of the “recommendation of Superintendent Little-Kaumo for the potential closing an elementary school.”