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Lander district strives for 16:1 ratio

Submitted by Newsroom on December 10, 2012 – 1:08 pmNo Comment

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

LANDER, Wyo. — Like so many school boards throughout the state, including Riverton’s, trustees in Lander are trying to meet the state Legislature’s recent edict of a 16 to 1 classroom size, meaning only 16 students to one teacher.

Lander’s new school won’t cut it, even though construction was funded and approved by the state’s School Facilities Commission. At time of construction, the average classroom size was 19 students. So, the 32 classrooms in the new school will not support the requirement.

Superintendent Mike Bowman

To meet the measure, Lander Superintendent Mike Bowman presented 10 options during a recent board meeting, including use of the school as designed, which would require a waiver from the state education department or permission to build modular buildings on site.

Several board members supported the waiver request idea, according to the superintendent, including Bruce palmer. Palmer said it was important to keep in mind the original intent of the reconfiguration of the new school to accommodate all students, kindergarten through third, in one school. Trustee Dave Clark said they need to make sure they’re doing what’s best for the students.

Other options included paying interventionists to work with small groups of students or having art teachers give up their classrooms and teach by the mobile method dubbed, “art on a cart.”

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