Teton County School District No. 1

Field house proposal updated

At its Oct. 9 meeting the Teton County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees heard a revised version of a proposal to build the field house behind Jackson Hole High School.

The original proposal from Odasz and Plan One Architects carried a price tag of $23 million and had 69,000 square feet of space. Following feedback from the school board and a community meeting, Odasz tweaked the design, adding more classroom space and shifting some things around.

The version floated at the early meeting would run the school district $25.5 million — 5% of which would be the contingency — and be over 72,000 square feet. Beyond the obvious indoor athletic space, trustees seemed intrigued by the potential for more classroom space.

The field house would include four classrooms, and it would potentially free up 3,200 square feet of space inside the high school by moving the weight room and climbing wall out of the building. Trustees Bill Scarlett and Janine Teske said the district wouldn’t be able to ask the state for construction money, except maybe for repurposing the classroom space inside the school.

Trustees thanked Odasz for the presentation, but no plans were made about it other than to research potential funding sources like the specific purpose excise tax.

Aging vehicles replaced

The Board of Trustees approved as part of its consent agenda Oct. 9 the purchase of a pair of vehicles to replace two older vehicles.

A staff report said that a 1984 Chevy box truck and a 1996 Ford F-350 have seen minimal use in recent years because of needed repairs. The board approved a purchase in July, but the district didn’t buy the vehicles within the 90-day bid period, and Fremont Motors increased the price.

After a second request for proposals, staff came back with new prices on both replacement vehicles. The board summarily approved the purchase of a 2019 Ram Promaster 3500 van to replace the box truck and a Ram 4500 Tradesman to replace the pickup. In addition to the vehicle, the 4500 truck will include a hydraulic dump bed, sand spreader attachment and a plow.

Purchasing the sand spreader and plow will save the district some money in the long run, staff said.

“The addition of a sander for the district would result in cost savings,” staff wrote, “as well as increased safety and flexibility to sand pathways and lots as needed and in a more timely manner.”

The two vehicles will cost $108,164, which is $5,000 over the original amount the board approved. Delivery will run the district $4,851 on top of the vehicle prices.

Board wants more security

The school board approved a resolution from the Wyoming School Board Association that would allow it to talk about school safety measures in executive session rather than in open meetings.

“We don’t want bad guys listening to us while we talk about how to protect the school,” Trustee Janine Teske said.

Teske said the resolution asks for a change to state law, something that has been in front of the Legislature before in a school safety bill that was not passed. The February Legislature session is a budget session, which means that any laws not related to the budget would require a two-thirds vote to pass.

— Tom Hallberg

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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