Mills Against Mountain View School Closure




Mills, Wyoming - Some parents tonight in Mills, outraged over the thought of another school closure. They are opposing the closure of Mountain View Elementary School, the most recent recommendation of The Natrona County School District. That on top of the most recent closure in Mills, that of Mills Elementary School.


At city hall, parents angry at the thought of another closure of a Mills area school. The district recommending the closure of Mountain View Elementary because of declining enrollment across Natrona County.


“I think Natrona County School District has become too big. I feel like we have too many schools all under one district,” said Megan Fleetwood. “We already have to move out children to Casper when they have to move to middle school and high school. Leave us our elementary school.”


It was the end of last year that the district closed Mills Elementary and for some parents. Enough is enough.


“They know when I drop him off at the gate, they know his name and where he should go,” said Michelle Pederson. “They take care of everybody there. They're like a big family. You don't mess with family.”


For the mayor of Mills, Seth Coleman, the response to the school district's recommendations were overwhelming. His phone, blowing up.


“We've had a large number of residents reach out to us both by email, phone calls and coming down to town hall personally asking what we could do to help with the situation,” said Coleman. “So we spent a couple days looking into what we could do. This was our first response.”


The meeting touched on the district's budget issues, but one parent focused primarily on the elephant in the room. The kids and having to adjust to a new environment if Mountain View closes.


“We're supposed to live in the greatest country in the world. And our children, what we're leaving for them isn't that great anymore. They're struggling as hard as it is. So we need to try and take our children and make it as easy as we can for them to where they're into learning and want to learn things,” said Mark Hammel.


A representative of The Natrona County School District listened to concerns, but never spoke. As for the mayor, he encouraged parents to attend the district's next meeting on Oct. 9th and speak up so the board is clear about how they feel. So their concerns can be considered before any final decisions are made.