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NCHS to get walkway connecting main building with their athletic center

The bridge will connect the main NCHS building to the “MACC.” (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Natrona County High School will get a raised walkway using funding from the State of Wyoming.

That walkway will connect the main high school building with the Mustang Athletic Community Center. The NCSD Board of Trustees voted on Monday, Jan. 13 to approve the project using State Capital Construction dollars.

The trustees voted against funding the walkway using NCSD dollars back in September 2019.

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Trustee Kianna Smith voted against the proposal on Monday.

“I think this is more of a convenience than a safety measure,” she said. “If we couldn’t justify this expense with our own funding back in September should we really be supporting this now?”

Trustee Angela Coleman abstained from the vote, but asked for clarification as to why the board had been asked to approve NCSD dollars for the project in September.

“If the state was funding this, why was this brought forward in September?” she asked.

Trustee Kevin Christopherson said that the state had not committed to funding the project in the fall.

“Sometimes dealing with the state it takes a long time to get answers,” he said. “This just finishes the project at NC in the way that they had foreseen it was going to be finished.”

Board Chair Rita Walsh explained that she was in favor of the project.

“Going forward, I think our focus absolutely has to be on academic acheivment and the social-emotional growth of our students,” she added.

The cost of the walkway will be determined once the project goes out to bid.

“The purpose of the raised walkway is to increase safety and security for students and staff as they move from the main building to the MACC,” the school district says. “Also, this will allow for more effective, efficient, and convenient transition of students and staff to and from the main building and the MACC.”

The walkway will be about 916 square feet.

“State of Wyoming design and construction contracts will be used for this project,” the district says.

They also provided a timeline for the project:

  • Phase 1: January 2020 – February 2020
    • Solicit proposals from architects
    • Selection of an architect
    • Design Contract Signed
  • Phase 2: June 2020 – August 2020
    • Architectural design completed
    • Solicit bids from contractors based on design
    • Contractor selection
  • Phase 3: September 2020 – December 2021
    • Construction of raised walkway