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Tessa Schweigert

Trinity Bible Church leasing space to school

The sounds of kids reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, learning the alphabet and singing songs have returned to the halls of the old Southside Elementary School building.

At every grade level and subject tested, Powell students exceeded the statewide average on the annual Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students, commonly known as PAWS.

A teacher who instructs every local elementary student was named the Park County School District No. 1 Teacher of the Year.

Marsha Neubert has taught for 25 years. She spent most of her career in the gymnasium as a P.E. instructor. Seven years ago, she made the transition to become the full-time health teacher for Powell’s elementary schools.

The Powell school district’s old pool/auditorium property was worth more than a quarter million dollars, an auction determined Tuesday night.

It took just five minutes for the value to rise to $285,000. Four bidders quickly drove the price up nearly $150,000 from the opening bid of $136,000.

Powell takes pride in its trees. For nearly 25 years, Powell has been named a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Foundation for demonstrating a commitment to caring for its public trees.

As Mayor Don Hillman’s Arbor Day proclamation has declared in the past: “Trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas and beautify our community ... trees are a source of joy.”

What will become of the land where the old pool/auditorium once stood?

It depends on who’s the highest bidder.

The property on North Evarts Street will be put up for auction at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9.

A group of residents hope vacant land where a pool and auditorium once stood will be home to a new public structure: a library.

The Park County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees held a public hearing on the disposition of the 1.29-acre lot at the 200 block of North Evarts Street last week.

Races for the Park County sheriff, Wyoming Legislature, Park County Commission and governor have received a lot of attention in recent months leading up to the primary election. In fact, many of those positions likely will be decided today (Tuesday).

But there are other important local races that won’t be decided until November.

The three Republican candidates who want to lead the Wyoming Department of Education all took their children out of public schools at some point.

Jillian Balow, Sheryl Lain and Bill Winney said during a forum in Cody last month that they would support more discussions and research into education vouchers for Wyoming families who choose an alternative option.

A green light unexpectedly turned yellow when a group of county officials decided to reconsider their decision to expand the Powell school district to include Yellowstone National Park.

The county, along with local school officials, had previously given the expansion a green light, and we applauded them for that.

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