Worland News 9-13-17

The Hot Springs County Commissioners heard from Lisa Pierce, the new director at the Senior Center. She advised the commissioners a review of the building has shown it to be out of compliance with the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) in several areas.
The bathrooms are non-compliant as they are too narrow to accommodate a wheel-chair bound user. In addition, the handicapped parking spaces at the front of the building, while painted with the requisite blue paint, are not marked with any kind of signage.
Something is going to have to be done about the condition of the parking lot to the north of the building as it is in terrible repair with missing chunks of concrete and uneven surfaces. The slope going into the building is no longer ADA compliant. It was in compliance when originally built, but is no longer in compliance.
The roof on the center is also going to need to be replaced as soon as possible due to a number of leaks.
“It is really important to the seniors to have a place to go, to socialize and to get out of the house each day,” Pierce said.

Greybull High School students continue to post gains on the American College Test (ACT), the standardized test that is used in high schools nationwide to assess the college readiness of students.
The Wyoming Department of Education recently released the results of the testing that was done during the 2016-17 school year — and once again, GHS juniors bettered both the state average as well as the score of the juniors that took the test in 2015-16.
The 20.6 posted by the 42 GHS juniors who took the test last school year represented “the highest composite score that GHS has had” since 2009, according to Ty Flock, the building principal. He said 2009 was the year that the state started requiring all juniors, not just those intent on attending college, to take the ACT.
The state average composite score was a 19.7. The 20.6 also topped the 20.1 composite score that GHS juniors posted in 2015-16.
“I’m very proud of the fact that this is the highest composite that we’ve had,” said Flock. “I’m also very proud of our individual scores, too. When you look at our math, our STEM and our reading, to have each of those come in higher than our overall composite is pretty impressive.”
Flock added that “a combination of factors” explain why GHS students are trending upward on the ACT, including a greater emphasis on reading. But that in the end, “It’s not just a success for GHS, but for our whole district,” noting that the ACT is a reflection of what the kids learned in elementary school, middle school, and in their first three years at GHS.

Authorities say there was no increase in alcohol-related issues after the first University of Wyoming football game since the school began selling beer and wine at War Memorial Stadium.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports Laramie Police Department Lt. Gwen Smith and University of Wyoming Police Department Chief Mike Samp both say alcohol sales at Saturday’s game against Gardner-Webb did not result in an increase of incidents or citations.
Samp says there was a slight increase in the number of officers at the game compared to past games, and more have been requested for this week’s game against Oregon, given the magnitude of the game and the expected crowd size.
University officials announced in November that the school would begin offering beer and wine sales at both football and basketball games.