Crowded Clasroom In washoe County  

With the passage of Washoe County Question 1, the Washoe County School District now has sustainable, adequate funding for building and repairing schools (“capital” funding). Here are the three things to know as we move forward with using this funding to address overcrowding and repairs:

  1. Overcrowding and needed repairs will be addressed as quickly as possible, but solutions will take time. The District’s problems with overcrowding and backlogged repair needs are the result of more than a decade without adequate capital funding, and will not be solved overnight.
    • We should be able to avoid Double Sessions at middle and high schools.
    • We cannot avoid Multi-Track, but will work to eliminate it as quickly as possible.
  2. We want to hear from you. Capital projects must first be approved by an independent group of community members, and only then go to the school district’s Board of Trustees. All discussions take place in open, public meetings. The community is invited and encouraged to attend these meetings and give input there, through our online form, or by contacting Riley Sutton, our community outreach person on these issues, at 348-0278 or
  3. Transparency is a top priority. Past spending and future projects are posted on our Data Gallery. Capital projects follow the public bidding process, which can also be viewed there. We will continue to develop these tools as we go forward to further engage the public in the work we are doing. If you have an idea for other information you would like us to present or ways we could better present current information, please let us know

While these are the three most important things to know about overcrowding, there is, of course, much more to it. We have organized all of our data and information in the links on the right. We are currently updating much of this information in light of passage of WC-1, please check back for frequent updates. If you have additional questions, please contact us. You can submit a question by clicking here, or contact WCSD’s point person for overcrowding outreach: Riley Sutton, at 348-0278 or He will either get you the information or connect you with the appropriate subject matter expert on our staff.
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