CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County School District Board of Trustees on Monday will consider a recommendation to un-mothball the former University Park Elementary School and put it to new use that would include a “Day School” program “for students struggling with the most intense
Mothballing refers to deactivating the use of a facility while keeping it among the school district’s inventory for possible future use or sale.
The district is planning to un-mothball the University Park facility in order to provide a local option for students with significant behavioral issues as an alternative to being placed in 24-hour programs outside of the district. NCSD officials told the Board of Trustees on August 9 that such residential placement facilities are often located not only out of district but out of state.
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The new Day School program would be an option that could allow students to receive services in Casper during the day while still going home to their families on nights and weekends.
In terms of 24-hour placement programs, NCSD most often “utilizes facilities that are two hours plus from Casper,” the NCSD Board Infrastructure Planning Committee says in its recommendation to un-mothball University Park.
In addition to creating an option to keep students closer to home, having the Day School in Casper would allow NCSD to direct families to local agencies and resources that provide support.
The NCSD Board Infrastructure Planning Committee says that the University Park facility is being recommended to host the new Day School because it is the facility with the smallest student capacity, that is in the best condition and that best suits the needs of the new Day School program out of the buildings the district currently has mothballed.