Terri Hayes is the coordinator of the Circles USA program in the Riverton School District. Photo by Ernie Over WyoToday

By Ernie Over

The Riverton School Board met in regular session to hear an update on the Circles USA program under development. According to the district website, “Circles Fremont County is a community initiative to assist families with limited resources and empower them to better their circumstances. We call it an initiative because this is a long-term solution to a long-term problem. It will take time and resources to create transformational change in our community. This change will be profound and lasting — and worth all the efforts and resources spent.”

The director of the Fremont program is Terri Hayes. “We are now onboarding families and volunteers that we need for the program, which is scheduled to launch on January 10, 2023,” she said. “We are making great progress and the people we have reached out to say they appreciate the initiative.” Hayes explained that the Circles program is a “poverty alleviation program” to help people below the poverty line improve their personal circumstances. The program lasts 18 months for the participants. It is also open to anyone in the county, not just Riverton.

The Circles USA was picked up by District 25 to help families of kids living in poverty improve their lot in life and to perform better in school, which ultimately would lead to high success and graduation rates, according to Superintendent Dr. JoAnne Andre-Flanagan.

Other business

• The board approved 13 RHS cross country students and their coach to travel to Boise, Idaho, November 11 and 12 for the Nike National Cross Country Regional Race as per policy.

• The Board approved the Riverton Middle School School Improvement Plan, the Riverton High School School Improvement Plan and the Frontier Academy School Improvement Plan as presented.

• Following legislation passed earlier this year, the district must provide notifications of five or more unexcused absences to parents of students not of compulsory age; provide notifications of willfully absent and 10-day drop students to the Tribal Prosecutor’s Office; and provide notifications of willfully absent and 10-day drop students to the Fremont County Assistant Attorney.

• Classified staff changes: resignation, RMS Para Ember Lucas, effective Oct. 28; retirement, Transportation Bus Aide Debra Williams, effective immediately; new hires, MaryKay Winchester as RHS parap, Zed Minick as RMS Spartan Academy para, Jean Davis as RMS ESSER para.

• Enrollment: Aspen Early Learning Center 175; Ashgrove Elementary 157; Jackson Elementary 161; Willow Creek Elementary 212; Rendezvous Elementary, 4th 176 and 5th 207; Riverton Middle School 6th 165, 7th 194, 8th 178; Riverton High School 9th 214; 10th 189; 11th 183; 12th 147; Alt School 9th 7; 10th 7; 11th 14; 12th 6; Frontier Academy 10th, 4; 11th 12; 12th 19; Spur Academy 11. District total 2,438 students.