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Shoshoni students gathered in front of their new school holding yellow & blue balloons in anticipation. On Friday afternoon, the community of Shoshoni helped the staff and students of Fremont County School District #24 celebrate its brand new K-12 school. The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony began at 1:00 p.m. and a tour of the building & a Bar-B-Que followed. Members of the Shoshoni School Board helped Superintendent Bruce Thoren cut the ribbon (see video). Senator BeBout was also present to celebrate.
"This is a great asset to our community," Thoren said. "When the kids arrived at school on Monday their eyes were wide open and they couldn't stop smiling. Many people in the community have come by and told me our school now looks like a community college." Thoren explained that this is going to be a real asset to the community. The district has plans to involve the Parks and Recreation Department and other community organizations to utilize this facility.
Del McComie, Director of the state School Facilities Department noted the building is a 45 million dollar investment from the state of Wyoming. "Thank you to everyone who had a hand in this. We should all be proud," he said.
The school has two separate entrances, one K-8 and the other 9-12. The building houses a full-size gymnasium surrounded by an indoor track, a commons area, the Wrangler Cafe, student-centered classrooms, individual learning pods, a 3-D printer, and more. Take a look at our photos as we toured the building this afternoon:
The gymnasium is surrounded by an indoor track.
The Wrangler Cafe
Commons area as you enter the building
The view from above (taken near the indoor track).
The future weight room.
A primary classroom.
Four students sitting in a learning pod are excited about their new school!
The school is located at 404 Wrangler Way in Shoshoni.