Teton County School District No. 1 will host state officials this week, but there won’t be much pomp when the School Facilities Committee holds two days of meetings in the district’s administration building.
Instead, committee members will discuss several projects — one regarding Teton County — and tour Munger Mountain Elementary School and Jackson Hole Middle School.
The one item on the docket germane to Teton County schools is an addition to Alta Elementary School that would create heated storage and office space.
The lone Teton County request is more of an OK than a formal funding request, district Information Coordinator Charlotte Reynolds said. If the commission approves the Alta addition as part of its consent agenda, the addition is slated to come up at the December board of trustees meeting, where trustees will decide which part of the district budget covers the cost.
In recent years the committee has started holding such meetings at school districts around the state. In the past, they were generally held in Cheyenne or Casper.
“It helps us to get to know the people we serve and get to see the facilities,” said Travis Hoff, public information officer at the Wyoming State Construction Department.
The two-day meeting starts with an 8:30 a.m. Wednesday hearing on commission rules and regulations. Following the hearing, commission members and school district staff will head out for the school tours.
Wednesday concludes with a work session at 1 p.m. Hoff said that is when the bulk of the discussion about the agenda items will take place.
The commission will hear updates on Campbell County School District No. 1’s effort to build a bus barn, Laramie County School District No. 1’s school capacity study, and school design standards and guidelines. The other items are changes to commission regulations and Sheridan County School District No. 2’s request for funding for its maintenance shop.
The commission will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday for its business meeting, also at the district administration building, to vote on the items it considers during Wednesday’s work session.
Even though much of the meeting doesn’t pertain to Teton County, it is an opportunity to see how state government funds school building projects. Hoff said holding meetings around the state is in line with Gov. Mark Gordon’s push to increase government transparency.
“One reason we did this was to open them up to more people to attend,” Hoff said. “It really helps encourage public involvement.”