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Munger Mountain roughly halfway done

January 19, 2018

Teton County School District No. 1 has spent roughly $10 million of the $23 million of available funds for Munger Mountain Elementary School. Forty-seven percent of the construction schedule has been completed and 48 percent of the money spent.

“That’s good; that’s just a phenomenal track,” J.D. Simmons, of Forsgren Associates, a civil engineering company working on the project, told the school board Jan. 10 during its monthly meeting.

All utilities for the school have been completed. Roofing is done in some areas and being completed in other parts of the building.

Dual language coordinator and future principal of the school Scott Eastman and a team of teachers are working on interior design, school identity and outreach to parents and the community.

“It’s critical that the building matches the unique needs of our program,” Eastman said. “Teachers are excited about Munger Mountain opening because it means increased opportunities for all kids in the valley.”

School board Trustee Betsy Carlin said that she’s still working to make sure transportation to the school is equitable for parents and wants to make sure the issue “stays front and center.”

But the district continues to grapple with a sewer line for the school.

Four miles of piping are causing headaches for the district. Assistant Superintendent Jeff Daugherty prepped the board on the latest developments of the sewer line for Munger Mountain at its January meeting.

The question is whether the district will maintain primary ownership of the line. If it does, the sewer will be covered for major maintenance by the state.

“It’s probably in the district’s best interest to maintain ownership,” Daugherty said.

The district will need to be careful of who links into the line in the future. It was approved for only the district, the Wyoming Department of Transportation and the Teton County Weed and Pest District.

If other users hook into the line, they will need to pay their fair share of usage — otherwise, it will create a private benefit and violate the agreement and the Wyoming Constitution, Daugherty said.