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Lovell is located in the northwest part of the state. Lovell was founded in the late 1800s and is named for Henry Clay Lovell, who brought two large herds of cattle to the area in 1879. Lovell is nicknamed the "Rose City of Wyoming," in honor of Dr. William Horsley who used his expertise in growing roses to beautify the community. The major industries in Lovell are education, gypsum wallboard, bentonite (mining and processing), growing sugar beets (refining sugar), and healthcare. Lovell is part of Wyoming’s Big Horn Basin. The community is surrounded by the Pryor Mountains to the north, Big Horn Mountains to the east, and Absaroka/Beartooth Mountains to the west. It lies in close proximity to Yellowstone Park, Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area, and the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. The community is a family-friendly with several parks, an indoor swimming pool, a historic movie theater, a variety of churches, and community celebrations. The school system is an integral part of the community. School-related functions (sports, music, and classroom presentations) are generally well-attended by community members.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Lovell, Wyoming is approximately 2,325 (2009). Of this group, approximately 88.6% are white; 9.2% Hispanic; 1.4% two or more races; .2% Asian; .04% African American; and .04% other. Eighty-three percent are high school graduates or higher, 15% have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, and 5% have a graduate or professional degree. The median income for a household in Lovell was $30,745; 14.9% live below the poverty level.
Over the past three years, the demographics of our students has transformed. We are now getting an increased percentage of students who have one or more at risk factors, specifically changes in family stability. The biggest challenge Lovell Elementary has been faced with is the number of at-risk students currently in our school.
Student Population: 342 Students
Gender: 52% male, 48% female
Ethnic: 86% white, 14% other
Socio-Economic Status: 51% free and reduced lunch
Special Education: 27%
Title I: 14%
At Risk Factors:
Students with non-traditional family (divorce, single parent, teen parent(s), deceased parent(s), raised by grandparents or other family members: 34%
Students with parents who have a known alcohol/substance-abuse problem: 17%
Students with parent(s) who have been arrested/incarcerated: 21%