Jan 25, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterAfter their initial offer was rejected by the county, Riverton school officials on Tuesday awarded a surplus maintenance trailer to the Fremont County Board of Cooperative Educational Services.
BOCES executive director Sandy Barton said the modular structure will be used to create a school-based clinic for Fremont County School District 6 in Pavillion.
"We're trying to improve the health care of students out there in the Pavillion area," Barton said Tuesday during the Fremont County School District 25 Board of Trustees meeting.
The Wind River schools are about 25 miles from the nearest hospital, and Barton said it can take more time than usual for emergency responders to reach Pavillion.
"Wind River is highly isolated from health care," Barton said, adding that school-based clinics are new to Wyoming. "Gillette is working on somewhat of a model but isn't quite there yet. So we began the new process in Wind River."
She showed a video describing the benefits of the clinics, which are located on school grounds so students can seek health care services or information without missing class. Barton said care will be provided by health professionals at no cost to the student or family.
The Fremont County Commission decided Jan. 15 not to accept the modular building, which was being offered for free from District 25. Commissioners had expressed interest in using the building as a day reporting center for the new juvenile detention alternatives initiative, but on Jan. 8 they heard an estimate that transporting the modular and installing it would cost more than $37,000.
BOCES also had expressed interest in the modular, but Barton said she withdrew the request in support of the county's initiative. She had gathered cost estimates last summer, however, and Barton said she did not think moving the structure would be as expensive for her agency.
"At Wind River we already have utilities in place where we'll move the trailer," she said. "We're anxious to get it out there."
She plans to have the structure moved as soon as possible. The clinic is being developed with money from grants.
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