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District 25 to re-establish communication with Arapahoe Board; Indian Education For All plan moved forward

District 25 to re-establish communication with Arapahoe Board; Indian Education For All plan moved forward

The Riverton School Board heard two reports of significance involving the Wind River Indian Reservation, and specifically, the K-8 Arapahoe School District at its regular meeting last week. Members of the two boards met in Casper the week prior during the Wyoming School Boards Association meeting to move forward with re-implementing an agreement District 25 inked with District 38 in 2005. The agreement provides for the Riverton Schools to report back to Arapahoe on the transition and progress of their 8th grade students who move into Riverton High School to start the 9th grade. To help that transition and to supplement other needs, District 38 provides one-half of the Impact Aid monies for each student to the Riverton District. “We have to remember that the Arapahoe students are coming into Riverton from their own district,” Superintendent Terry Snyder said. “It’s a new district and a new town for them and sometimes I think we overlook that transition. We have some things to work on to make that process better.” Chief among those is reestablishing regular communication between the districts, which had fallen off over the years. Two members of the FCSD#25 Board, Chairman Dean Peranteaux and Vice-Chairman Carl Manning, volunteered to be the liaison with the Arapahoe Board. Peranteaux noted that the Arapahoe District “wants to know that their students are being taken care of and being given what they need to be successful.” He said making a subcommittee appointment would ensure that District 25 would provide better continuity. The other item involved a resolution that had failed seven of the past 10 tries that would require all Wyoming students to learn about the Wind River Indian Reservation and it’s culture. This year, however, with the backing of the Reservation Districts and District 25, the Indian Education Act for All was approved. Instead of sending the resolution to the legislature, as was the case in the prior attempts, this recommendation will be forwarded to the Wyoming Department of Education for its review. “It failed before because the legislature did not want to dictate curriculum to the districts, but by involving all the districts and the WDE in reviewing the recommendation and getting input from across the state, we think this is a really good thing,” Snyder told the board. Feature Photo: Pitchengine Communities #county10 #news