Closing delayed on new elementary school land, Board of Trustees to meet today

(Jackson, Wyo.) - The sale of the land for the new local elementary school was set to officially close today, but has been delayed until December 15, according to Teton County School District (TCSD) Information Coordinator Charlotte Reynolds. "This is simply to allow time for all the documents to be signed and finalized. This delay is in no way expected to delay the project," said Reynolds. "In fact, we are moving forward with the design RFP in early January, with the expectation that the Board will select a firm at their January board meeting (tentatively scheduled for January 13)." The details of the land purchase have not been released, but Reynolds said that they will release the cost, location and other details after the sale closes. The school district Board of Trustees is holding a public workshop today at 4 p.m. at the Administration Building on Gregory Lane to discuss school construction and grade level configuration. During today's meeting, the trustees will discuss the three school facility options presented by MOA Architecture on November 2 to address current overcrowding in local elementary schools, as well as to plan for anticipated growth over the next 10 years. The proposed options are: - Option C (now referred to as Option A): Building two new elementary schools - Option D (now referred to as Option B): Building one new elementary school and doing additions to Colter Elementary and Wilson Elementary Schools - Option H (now referred to as Option C): Building one new elementary school and doing additions to Wilson Elementary and the Jackson Hole Middle School. According to the meeting announcement, as part of the discussions about school facilities and best practices for student learning, the trustees will also be discussing grade level configuration, the dual immersion program and school attendance areas. The community is invited and encouraged to attend this workshop to learn more about the factors and issues that will inform the board's decisions. The board is expected to take action on these issues at their regular meeting in January (anticipated to be January 13 at 6 p.m.). More information on the capacity study and the TCSD options, read Buckrail's previous article, "Capacity study reveals need for 900 elementary school seats in 10 years." *Feature Photo: Colter Elementary School's 2015-2016 Student Council representatives taking their pledge. h/t TCSD / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news