Thursday, April 6, 2017 represented the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Laramie County School District’s 4th new elementary school in the last 10 years. Meadowlark Elementary is however, the 1st – 5th/6th grade configuration in Laramie County. A $20.4M investment in education, 100% of the base funding was paid by the coal industry.
The 72,000+ sq/ft building is situated on 12 acres which allow room for growth as the total lot size is 41 acres. The school has a maximum capacity for 550 students. Currently, 250 students comprise the first class of 5th graders to begin use of this facility. They will be next year’s first class of 6th graders, and the school will then have the full 5th/6th grade configuration.
There are 25 classrooms, designed in the form of neighborhoods, with a media center as the hub of the building. These neighborhoods have cut transition times to half that of traditional classrooms. Randy Byers, Principal Architect, of TDSi, and his design team were present to announce a user’s guide on the workings of the school, as well as, present books on architecture to the school’s library.
Principal Fraley spoke of the new meaning of SCHOOL, and what it represents to him at Meadowlark. S-Specialized, C-Collaborate, H-Holistic, O-Opportunity, O-Openness, L-Love.
The PTO is an official non-profit 501c3. Fundraising efforts support both current students needs as well as scholarships in the future for college or trade schools.
There were several Dignitaries in attendance, including representatives for Wyoming Congressmen in D.C.