District 25 board pays tribute to late Sandy Barton

Dec 3, 2017 By Daniel Bendtsen, Staff Writer

Riverton's school board began its meeting Tuesday week with a moment of silence for Sandy Barton, the School District 25 board member who died at age 58 last week.

Barton also had been the director of Fremont County's Board of Cooperative Educational Services. She was instrumental in the location of Wind River Job Corps in Riverton.

"She made an impact on this community that will not soon be forgotten," school board chair Lynette Jeffres said.

In lieu of sending flowers to her funeral, the district plans to purchase equipment and supplies for Aspen Early Learning Center, a school that Barton had been an early proponent of.

Longtime school board member Carl Manning, who also serves on the BOCES board, said Barton was a "tireless advocate for (career and technical education) and having it more mainstreamed than it had been.

"It's sort of been the stepchild at times in the K-12 system, and she was always a champion of trying to keep it," Manning continued.

Barton has been widely credited with her advocacy in getting the Wind River Job Corps established.

"She was the spearhead that got it done," Manning said.

Throughout her time in public service, Barton served as both chair and vice chair of the Wyo-ming State Board of Education.

As Barton became ill, she resigned from the school board in October, and Kristen Benson replaced her as BOCES interim director.

Through a formal replacement process, Jenni Wildcat was appointed earlier this month to fill Barton's school board position for the remainder of the term..

A celebration of Barton's life begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Riverton's Holiday Inn, 900 E. Sunset Drive.

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