Students and staff move into Black Butte while other construction projects in SWCSD No. 1 continue to move forward; Black Butte ribbon cutting set for March 25 at 10 a.m.


ROCK SPRINGS – While one of the new schools now have students leaving their footprints in its halls, several other projects in Sweetwater County School District No. 1 continue to move forward.

On Monday, the SWCSD No. 1 Board was given the monthly update of projects around the district. Maintenance Supervisor Bruce Peterson first spoke about the new alternative high school, Black Butte. He said the district obtained an occupancy permit and students and staff have moved in and are moving forward.

Peterson said Principal Mike Maloney, Mark Portillo and his staff and Paul Grube put in long hours to make sure they were ready for the move and to make sure everything went smoothly.

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There are some small construction items which are still being finished at Black Butte. Peterson said they are finishing up the small items after school is out so students are not disturbed during school hours.

The board also received positive news on the new elementary school, Stagecoach. Over the past several months, the Buildings and Grounds Department has voiced concerns over the work at the school moving slowly and falling behind schedule. In a recent school board meeting, Dan Selleroli, Director of Building and Grounds, told the board they did make some changes which will hopefully get the project back on track.

On Monday, Peterson said these changes have been positive and it is starting to catch up. The masons were a major concern and Peterson said these crews are now moving forward.

As for the Rock Springs High School swimming pool, Peterson said they are continuing to work with Plan One Architects and they should be ready to go to bid on the project in two weeks. He said they still anticipate the pool will be ready by the start of school next year.

On a side note, Peterson gave the board an update on all schools. He said the maintenance staff has been walking through each building with that building’s principal and custodial staffs. He said this has been really helpful because they know the buildings and the issues. Peterson stressed to the board these schools are not looking at extravagant projects but the true needs of the buildings.

There are several schools which they have not done a walk through in but Peterson said they are working to get those scheduled in the upcoming weeks.


Black Butte Ribbon Cutting and other important dates

Superintendent Kelly McGovern said the official ribbon cutting for Black Butte school will be March 25 at 10 a.m. She said the public is invited to the event and encouraged the community to come out and take a look at the new facility.

McGovern also informed the public of a couple of other important dates which are coming up. On July 12, the Sweetwater One School Foundation will have its annual golf tournament  while on Aug. 15, Kari’s Access Awards will have its annual celebration.